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Barbara Bel Geddes

Mostly Credited As: Barbara Bel Geddes
Birth Name: Barbara Bel Geddes
Date Of Birth: October 31, 1922 (Age 82)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: August 08, 2005
Cause Of Death: Lung Cancer (Northeast Harbor, Maine)
Height: 5' 3 " (1.6 m)

Barbara Bel Geddes


Barbara Bel Geddes is best remembered as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series "Dallas" (1978), but the actress scored success on stage and screen long before she found fame on television. Born in New York City on Halloween Day 1922, the actress was the daughter of noted theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes, who staged more than 200 plays. After growing up in the midst of the theatre, Barbara Bel Geddes began acting on stage at age 18 and soon moved on to Broadway. The silver screen also beckoned, and she made her film debut in The Long Night (1947). She was quickly labeled a star, gracing the cover of Life magazine on April 12, 1948. Her third motion picture, I Remember Mama (1948), garnered Bel Geddes an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other notable films starring Bel Geddes include Panic in the Streets (1950) directed by Elia Kazan; Alfred Hitchcock's classic mystery thriller Vertigo (1958); and The Five Pennies (1959) opposite Danny Kaye. Though she achieved immediate success in films, Bel Geddes also continued to tread the boards on Broadway, as the theatre was her first love. In 1952, she received the prestigious Woman of the Year Award by Hasty Pudding Theatricals USA, America's oldest theater company. She was nominated for Tony Awards as Best Dramatic Actress for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in 1956 and "Mary, Mary" in 1961. Bel Geddes made several TV appearances on the series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) and other programs in the mid-'50s, but her greatest television role came as Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow on "Dallas" (1978), which enjoyed a run of 13 years (1978-1991). She won the Emmy Award for Best Actress in 1980 and was nominated in the same category in 1979 and 1981. Bel Geddes left the show for health reasons during the 1984-85 season, and actress Donna Reed took over the role of Miss Ellie. Bel Geddes returned for the 1985-86 season and continued on "Dallas" (1978) until 1990, when she effectively retired from acting. She did not appear in either of the two "Dallas" reunion TV movies. On August 8, 2005, she died following a long illness.

Barbara Bel Geddes
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Dallas (1978) (1978)As: Eleanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing Farlow #1 (S01-S07, S09-S13)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 39x01: (Jan/30/1982) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (for 'Dallas') 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 32nd Annual Emmy Awards 32x01: (Sep/07/1980) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (for 'Dallas') 

Spencer's Pilots (1976) 
  The Search 01x07: (Oct/29/1976) As Maggie Newcomb 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  Sweet Molly Malone 05x25: (Apr/17/1969) As Molly Malone, [Special Guest Stars]

Journey to the Unknown (1968) 
  The Madison Equation 01x15: (Jan/23/1969) As Inga Madison 

CBS Playhouse (1966) 
  Secrets 01x06: (May/15/1968) As Doris Gray 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  Miracle for Margaret 04x22: (Feb/25/1965) As Dr. Ruth Halliman 

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  Sybilla 06x10: (Dec/06/1960) As Sybilla Meade 
  The Morning of the Bride 04x19: (Feb/15/1959) As Helen Brewster 
  Lamb to the Slaughter 03x28: (Apr/13/1958) As Mary Maloney 
  Foghorn 03x24: (Mar/16/1958) As Lucia Clay 

Riverboat (1959) 
  Payment in Full 01x01: (Sep/13/1959) As Missy 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  Rumors of Evening 02x33: (May/01/1958) As Sidney Cantrell 

Studio One (1948) 
  The Desperate Age 10x28: (Apr/21/1958) As Letty Greene 
  The Morning After 10x05: (Oct/07/1957) As Charlotte Lamb 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  French Provincial 07x12: (Dec/13/1957) As guest star 
  Fifty Beautiful Girls 06x38: (Jun/21/1957) As Marcia 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Louis Armstrong, Julie Andrews 10x08: (Nov/11/1956) As Herself 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  The Philadelphia Story 02x07: (Dec/04/1950) As Tracy Lord 
  Rebecca 01x09: (May/22/1950) As Mrs. de Winter 
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