At 59, an impacting Jamaican actress and Public Relations consultant has left us. Christine Anne Bell died last night at the Saint Andrews memorial hospital. The cause of her death, although she has been ill for some time now is unknown.
Many will however remember her distinct talent in theatre and communications, both complimenting each other. She was president of the Public Relations Society of Jamaica, and a a principal in the Innovative Ideas Public Relations company, which she founded 17 years ago. A founding member of the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artistes (JADA), was former producer and two-time recipient of the Actor Boy Award.
She got added fame for her role in local TV drama Royal Palm Estates. Her roles were as Rose Madden, the wife of police inspector Trevor Madden, played by Bobby Finzi-Smith.
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Carmen Patterson, is quoted in the Saturday’s Jamaica Observer, remembering her colleague as the consummate professional.
“She was a genuine professional and was highly respected in the profession of public relations and (was) also one of the island’s gifted and leading actresses,” Patterson said.
“Ms Bell never hesitated to help people in need, even at her own sacrifice,” she added.
Mark Thomas, past president of the Public Relations Society of Jamaica, remembered Bell as an accomplished writer and elocutionist.
“She was the guardian of the English language and one of the doyennes of the profession,” Thomas said, adding that she was quick to impart her knowledge to young PR professionals.
“It’s a colossal loss. She will be sorely missed,” he added.
Scarlett Beharrie, president of the Jamaica Association of Dramatic Artists (JADA), said the theatre community was deeply saddened by her passing.
“The theatre community has lost a stalwart and champion who fought for us at every level,” said Beharrie. “We have lost not only a great actress, but an administrator and lobbyist.”
President of the Press Association of Jamaica, (PAJ), Jenni Campbell, described Christine Bell as outstanding in the communications field.
“Everytime that we needed to meet to have a discussion and she came up with workable ideas, ideas that could have been implemented right away. In her passing we have lost a talent that we are not going to replace in a short period and I think that it is a sad day for us but at the same time there is much about Christine that we have to embrace and celebrate (as we) move forward” she said.
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