Barbara Bel Geddes

Actor, Author, Painter
Known around the world as Ellie Ewing, the long-suffering matriarch of the affluent and combative Ewing clan on the highly popular primetime drama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991), Barbara Bel Geddes was familiar with the ... Read more »
Born: 10/31/1922 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Summertree 1970 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

The Todd Killings 1970 (Movie)

Mrs Todd (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

Clarissa Winner (Actor)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

Marja (Actor)

The Five Pennies 1958 (Movie)

Bobbie Meredith (Actor)

Vertigo 1958 (Movie)

Midge Wood (Actor)

Fourteen Hours 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Caught 1949 (Movie)

Leonora Eames (Actor)

Blood on the Moon 1948 (Movie)

Amy Lufton (Actor)

The Long Night 1947 (Movie)

Jo Ann (Actor)

I Remember Mama (Movie)

Katrin Hansen (Actor)

Panic in the Streets (Movie)

Nancy Reed (Actor)

Biography

Known around the world as Ellie Ewing, the long-suffering matriarch of the affluent and combative Ewing clan on the highly popular primetime drama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991), Barbara Bel Geddes was familiar with the world of performing from her childhood, thanks to the behind-the-scenes Broadway success of her father, Norman Bel Geddes. After a stint at the Actors Studio and a handful of plays, she made her own name on the Great White Way with the controversial "Deep are the Roots" (1945-46) and was subsequently cast in other successful productions like "The Moon is Blue" (1951-53), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955-56), and "Mary, Mary" (1961-64). She also earned notable credits in the motion picture world, including "I Remember Mama" (1948), for which she received an Oscar nomination, "Panic in the Streets" (1950), and Alfred Hitchcock's suspense masterpiece "Vertigo" (1958). Her greatest notoriety, however, came via the small screen. Bel Geddes earned a footnote in television history with her turn as a sly murderess in "Lamb to the Slaughter," one of the most fondly remembered episodes of the darkly humorous "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS/NBC, 1955-1962). However, it was that Emmy-winning stint on "Dallas" that brought Bel Geddes the most lasting recognition and when health issues forced her to drop out of the show, the public was unwilling to accept an actress of even Donna Reed's calibre in her place.

Relationships

Helen Bel Geddes

Mother

Betsy Lewis

Daughter

Susan Schreuer

Daughter

Norman Geddes

Father

Windsor Lewis

Husband
married from April 15, 1951 until his death

Carl Schreuer

Husband
married on January 24, 1944 divorced in 1951

EDUCATION

Buxton Country Day School

Short Hills , New Jersey
school later moved to Williamstown, Massachusetts; part of it was re-incorporated in New Jersey as Far Brook School

Andebrook School

Tarrytown , New York

Putney School

Putney , Vermont

Milestones

2004

Reunited with original cast of "Dallas" to film "Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork"

1985

Returned to her role as 'Miss Ellie' on "Dallas"; stayed with the show for five years

1978

Starred in TV series, "Dallas" (left in 1984 to have heart surgery; was replaced by Donna Reed for a season)

1973

Returned to Broadway to co-star in "Finishing Touches"

1970

Last film appearances in "Summertree" and "The Todd Killings"

1970

Had operation for cancer; recovered

1961

Last film role for ten years, "By Love Posessed"

1955

Originated the role of Maggie the Cat on Broadway in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1948

Garnered Oscar nomination for role in "I Remember Mama"

1947

Film acting debut in "The Long Night"

1941

Toured military camps with USO production of "Junior Miss"

1940

Broadway debut in "Out of the Frying Pan"

1940

First stage appearance, walk-on role in summer stock production of "The School For Scandal" at Clinton Playhouse (Connecticut)

Toured in production of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1990

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Bel Geddes has written and illustrated two children's books and has also designed greeting cards and stationery.

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