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Barbara Bel Geddes (1922–2005)

Arguably best remembered for her role as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series Dallas (1978), Barbara Bel Geddes had earlier scored success on stage and screen long before gaining more lasting fame on television. Born in New York City on Halloween Day 1922, the daughter of noted theatrical and industrial designer ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Mrs. Webb
 1976 Spencer's Pilots (TV Series)
- The Search (1976) ... Maggie
 1971 The Todd Killings
Mrs. Todd
 1971 Summertree
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Molly Malone
 1969 Journey to the Unknown (TV Series)
Inga Madison
- The Madison Equation (1969) ... Inga Madison
 1968 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Doris Gray
- Secrets (1968) ... Doris Gray
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Ruth Halliman
- A Miracle for Margaret (1965) ... Dr. Ruth Halliman
 1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
 1961 By Love Possessed
Clarissa Winner
 1958-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Sybilla Meade / Helen Brewster / Mary Maloney / ...
- Sybilla (1960) ... Sybilla Meade
- The Morning of the Bride (1959) ... Helen Brewster
- The Foghorn (1958) ... Lucia Clay
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
 1960 5 Branded Women
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
- Payment in Full (1959) ... Missy
 1959 The Five Pennies
Willa Stutsman
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- The Hasty Heart (1958)
 1958 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Lily Barton
- Mid-Summer (1958) ... Lily Barton
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
- Fifty Beautiful Girls (1958) ... Marcia
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sidney Cantrell
- Rumors of Evening (1958) ... Sidney Cantrell
 1957-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Letty Greene / Charlotte Lamb
- The Desperate Age (1958) ... Letty Greene
- The Morning After (1957) ... Charlotte Lamb
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary Andrews / Marcia
- French Provincial (1957) ... Mary Andrews
- Fifty Beautiful Girls (1957) ... Marcia
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Virginia Foster
 1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
Molly Morgan
- Molly Morgan (1950) ... Molly Morgan
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Bethel Merriday
- Bethel Merriday (1950) ... Bethel Merriday
 1947 The Long Night
Jo Ann
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Stage Play: Burning Bright. Written by John Steinbeck. Lighting and Scenic Design Jo Mielziner. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. Broadhurst Theatre: 18 Oct 1950- 28 Oct 1950 (13 performances). Cast: Barbara Bel Geddes (as "Mordeen"), Howard Da Silva (as "Friend Ed"), Kent Smith (as "Joe Saul"), Martin E. Brooks [credited as Martin Brooks] (... See more »

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[Where the ghost came to her dressing room about Jim Davis]: I told him, 'Jim, rest easy - our kids are doing just fine and I am, too.' Then, he faded away. See more »


Had appeared in nearly each and every episode of Dallas (1978), for 6 1/2 yrs, until 1983 when she suffered a heart attack, and left temporarily in 1984. The following year, she came back, a second time, who appeared in nearly every show, until she left, for good, in 1990, to enjoy her quiet retirement. See more »


Usually played women who either become engaged or get married. See more »

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always remember her great 'Hitcock Presents' episode xavrush89
Rest in peace Miss Ellie marie98
Calling all Dallas Fans - Midwest cop312
Again and again. timothy8017
Her obit from her local paper RegF798
rip - when is the funeral? gingerraspberry
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