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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 »

Known For

Dallas
Dallas Miss Ellie Ewing / Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow
(1978-1990)
Vertigo
Vertigo Midge Wood
(1958)
I Remember Mama
(1948)
Panic in the Streets
(1950)

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 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Mrs. Webb
 1976 Spencer's Pilots (TV Series)
Maggie
- The Search (1976) ... Maggie
 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
 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)
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Missy
- Payment in Full (1959) ... Missy
 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)
Marcia
- 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 Grey / Charlotte Lamb
- The Desperate Age (1958) ... Letty Grey
- The Morning After (1957) ... Charlotte Lamb
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary Andrews / Marcia
- French Provincial (1957) ... Mary Andrews
- Fifty Beautiful Girls (1957) ... Marcia
 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
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in W. Somerset Maugham's play, "The Constant Wife," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 2½" (1.59 m)
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Personal Quote:

[In 1959]: When I first started, I thought it would be all fun - like appearing in a high school play. I didn't realize the discipline involved. See more »

Trivia:

She did not appear in two Dallas (1978) reunion movies, nor Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork (2004), just the year before her death. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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