Jo Anna March Clift 1932 - 2009 Poulsbo, Wash.
No services are planned for Jo Anna March Clift, 76, Poulsbo, Wash. Private inurnment will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
Mrs. Clift died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, in Poulsbo.
She was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Lawrence, the daughter of George Miles and Mary Atkinson March. She graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in 1950.
Mrs. Clift earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Kansas University in 1954. She was a member of Pi Phi sorority and Phi Beta Kappa at KU.
She was a stage, television and film actress. She appeared on Broadway in “Miss Lonelyhearts” with Pat O’Brien, Ruth Warrick, Fritz Weaver, Ann Meara and William Hickey in 1957 and “Something About a Soldier” with Sal Mineo in 1960. She appeared in live television dramas of the 1950s with Robert Preston, Sandra Church and Peter Ustinov.
Mrs. Clift was a regular performer in the radio soap opera “The Second Mrs. Burton” and was featured in the film “Burglar” with Whoopi Goldberg. In Lawrence, she hosted the local Sunflower Cable television shows “The Gingerbread Lady” and “Scene 497,” both in the early 1970s.
She taught fifth grade at Sunset Hill School in Lawrence from 1974 to 1985.
She married Leonard Schneider on May 10, 1959, in New York City. They divorced in 1985.
She married Brooks Clift, brother of film star Montgomery Clift, in December 1985, in Albuquerque, N.M. He preceded her in death in 1986.
Survivors include Leonard Schneider, Lawrence; and two sons, Paul Miles Schneider, Los Angeles, and John March Schneider, Overland Park.