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Encyclopedia > Barbara Bel Geddes
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Bel Geddes as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
Born October 31, 1922
Flag of United States New York, New York, United States
Died August 8, 2005 (aged 82)
Northeast Harbor, Maine, United States
Spouse(s) Carl Sawyer (1944 - 1951, divorced)
Windsor Lewis (1951 - 1972)
Official site http://www.barbarabelgeddes.com
Notable roles Miss Ellie Ewing in Dallas

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Barbara Bel Geddes (October 31, 1922 New York CityAugust 8, 2005 Northeast Harbor, Maine) was an Oscar-nominated American actress, best known for her role on the hit CBS drama, Dallas, as its strong and reasoned matriarch, Miss Ellie Ewing. October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 61 days remaining. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Nickname: Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1625 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - City  468. ... August 8 is the 220th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (221st in leap years), with 145 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Northeast Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, in the United States. ... Official language(s) None (English de facto; French is also an administrative language) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ... Barbara Bel Geddes as Ellie Ewing Farlow on the main title caption from the TV Series Dallas. ...

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Career

Bel Geddes began her career as a stagefifteen major Broadway productions. Her most notable stage performances included the role of Maggie "the cat" in Elia Kazan's original production of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in 1956, and the title role in the long-running Jean Kerr comedy Mary, Mary in 1961, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. Other highlights include "The Moon Is Blue," John Steinbeck's "Burning Bright" Edward Albee's "Everything In The Garden" and "Silent Night, Lonely Night" with Henry Fonda. Elia Kazan, (Greek: Ηλίας Καζάν, IPA: ), (September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American film and theatre director, film and theatrical producer, screenwriter, novelist and founder of the influential Actors Studio in New York in 1947. ... Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), better known by the pseudonym Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Tony-nominated play by Tennessee Williams. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jean Kerr (July 10, 1923, Scranton, Pennsylvania - January 5, 2003, White Plains, New York) was an American author. ... Mary, Mary is a play by Jean Kerr. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... John Ernst Steinbeck (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was one of the best-known and most widely read American writers of the 20th century. ... Edward Albee, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1961 Edward Franklin Albee III (born March 12, 1928) is an American playwright known for works including Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Zoo Story, and The Sandbox. ... Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ...


In 1946, Bel Geddes was awarded the Clarence Derwent Award, and the Donaldson Award for "Outstanding Achievement in The Theatre" for her performance in "Deep Are The Roots". In 1952, she received the prestigious "Woman of the Year" Award from Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, America's oldest theater company; In 1993, she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame (located in the Gershwin Theatre in New York City), a distinction she shares with her father, stage and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Clarence Derwent Awards are Broadway theatre awards given annually by the Actors Equity Association. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, known informally simply as The Pudding, is a theatrical student society at Harvard University, known for its burlesque musicals. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Theatre Hall of Fame in New York City was founded in 1971 by Earl Blackwell, Gerard Oestreicher, James M. Nederlander, and Arnold Weissberger. ... Bel Geddes flying car with a rear-mounted propeller Norman Bel Geddes (April 27, 1893 - May 8, 1958), born in Adrian, Michigan, was an American theatrical and industrial designer who focused on aerodynamics. ...


Her film career began opposite Henry Fonda in 1947's The Long Night. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for I Remember Mama (1948). A House Unamerican Activities Committee investigation stalled her film career for a short time. She found new opportunity in television when Alfred Hitchcock cast her in four episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, including "Lamb to the Slaughter," the seminal episode in which she plays a housewife who kills her husband by bludgeoning him to death with a leg of lamb, cooking the murder weapon and serving it to the investigating police; Mr. Hitchcock cast her again with James Stewart in his classic film Vertigo (1958). Bel Geddes also starred with Danny Kaye and jazz great Louis Armstrong in the screen musical The Five Pennies. Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... The Long Night is a 1947 film noir directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by RKO. It is a remake of Le jour se lève (1939) by Marcel Carnè. Henry Fonda stars as Joe Adams, a grizzled ex-G.I. who has a hard time adapting to society after... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... DVD Cover with original film poster For the Broadway musical of the same title, see I Remember Mama. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... The House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) was an investigating committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a highly influential film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Screenshot of opening sequence of Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a half-hour anthology television series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Brigadier General James Maitland Jimmy Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona. ... Vertigo is a 1958 suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kaye entertaining U.S. troops at Sasebo, Japan, 25 Oct 1945 David Daniel Kaminsky, known as Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Red Nichols. ...


In 1978, Barbara was the first performer signed to star in the CBS prime time soap opera, Dallas. The role of family matriarch, Miss Ellie Ewing, would bring her international recognition among modern-day audiences. She appeared on the series from 1978 to 1990 and remains the only cast member to win the Emmy Award, (Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama Series) as well as the Golden Globe Award (List of Golden Globe Awards: Television, Best Actress, Drama). "She was the rock of 'Dallas," Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing, told The Associated Press. "She was just a really nice woman and a wonderful actress. She was kind of the glue that held the whole thing together" For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... This is a list of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winners: 1974: Michael Learned - The Waltons 1975: Jean Marsh - Upstairs, Downstairs 1976: Michael Learned - The Waltons 1977: Lindsay Wagner - The Bionic Woman 1978: Sada Thompson - Family 1979: Mariette Hartley - The Incredible Hulk 1980...


In March, 1984 Bel Geddes underwent quadruple by-pass heart surgery and was replaced by Donna Reed for the 1984-1985 season. In the early 1970s Bel Geddes had undergone a radical mastectomy, an experience she relived in a series of episodes on Dallas. Cardiac surgery is surgery on the heart, typically to correct congenital heart disease or the complications of ischaemic heart disease or valve problems caused by endocarditis. ... Main title caption from Dallas. ... In medicine, mastectomy is the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely. ...


Barbara Bel Geddes retired from acting in 1990 to her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine where she continued to work as a fine artist. She was the author of two children's books, I Like to Be Me and So Do I, as well as the creator of a popular line of greeting cards. Looking back on her career, Ms. Bel Geddes told People magazine "They're always making me play well-bred ladies." She added, "I'm not very well bred, and I'm not much of a lady." Northeast Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, in the United States. ...


Private life

Bel Geddes was the daughter of Helen Belle Sneider and stage and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. Married to theatrical manager Carl Sawyer (aka Carl Schreuer) in 1944, and had one daughter, Susan. They divorced in 1951. Later that year, she married stage director Windsor Lewis with whom she had a daughter, Betsy. When Lewis became ill in 1967, Bel Geddes suspended her career to care for him. He died in 1972. Bel Geddes flying car with a rear-mounted propeller Norman Bel Geddes (April 27, 1893 - May 8, 1958), born in Adrian, Michigan, was an American theatrical and industrial designer who focused on aerodynamics. ...


Broadway Credits

Everything in the Garden is a play by Giles Cooper and Edward Albee, first produced in 1962 at the London Arts Theatre Club. ... Luv may refer to: Luv (television series), a BBC sitcom. ... Synopsis The 11th book in the Alex Cross series. ... The Sleeping Prince is a 1953 play by Terrence Rattigan. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Tony-nominated play by Tennessee Williams. ... The Moon Is Blue is a 1953 comedy film directed by Otto Preminger which tells the story of a young girl who meets an architect in the Empire State Building and quickly turns his life upside down. ... Burning Bright is a 1950 novella by John Steinbeck written as an experiment with producing a play in novel format. ...

Filmography

The Long Night may refer to: a 1903 novel by Stanley John Weyman; see The Long Night (Weyman); a 1936 novel by Andrew Lytle; see The Long Night (Lytle); an episode of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5; see The Long Night (Babylon 5). ... DVD Cover with original film poster For the Broadway musical of the same title, see I Remember Mama. ... DVD cover of the French release of Blood on the Moon Blood on the Moon is an RKO black-and-white 1948 psychological western directed by Robert Wise with cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca. ... Caught is a method of dismissing a batsman in the sport of cricket. ... scenes from Panic in the Streets Panic in the Streets is a black and white, 96-minute film released by 20th Century Fox in 1950. ... Fourteen Hours is a 1951 film which stars Grace Kelly. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Red Nichols. ...

External links

  • Official Barbara Bel Geddes Website
  • Barbara Bel Geddes at the Internet Movie Database
  • CNN Obituary
  • Mediaweek obituary

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Barbara Bel Geddes dies aged 82 (596 words)
Barbara Bel Geddes, the genteel stage and screen actress best known as Miss Ellie, the forbearing matriarch on the 1970s and '80s television series "Dallas," died Monday at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine.
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Miss Bel Geddes was married twice, first to engineer Carl Schreuer, from 1944-51, and then to Broadway director Windsor Lewis, from 1951 until his death in 1972.
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Barbara Bel Geddes, the winsome actress who rose to stage and movie stardom but reached her greatest fame as Miss Ellie Ewing in the long-running TV series “Dallas,” has died.
Bel Geddes won an Emmy in 1980 as best lead actress in a drama series and remains the only nighttime soap star to be so honored.
Barbara Bel Geddes, shown here in 1949, had a whole career before "Dallas," but her role as the gentle yet strong Ewing family matriarch brought her a whole new generation of fans.
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