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Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958)

Influential American theater, film and industrial designer, Mr. Geddes added "Bel" to his surname as a theatrical flourish. "Bel" was in fact his wife's given name. He was the father of stage, screen and television actress Barbara Bel Geddes. A stage designer in early years in the theater, he designed over 200 Broadway productions. Also one of our ... See full bio »

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 1924 Feet of Clay (uncredited)
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 1940 To New Horizons (Short) (model designer)
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 1952 The Greatest Show on Earth (designer: big top - uncredited)
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 1924 Feet of Clay
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 1937 Dead End (produced for the stage by)

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Stage Play: Orange Blossoms. Musical comedy. Music by Victor Herbert. Book by Fred De Gresac. Based on the play "La Passarelle" by Fred De Gresac and Francis de Croisset. Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva. Musical Director: Gus Salzer. Scenic Design by Norman Bel Geddes [earliest Broadway credit]. Costume Design by Paul Poiret and Earl Benham. ... See more »

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[on Cecil B. DeMille] "Never have I seen a man with so pre-eminent a position splash so fondly about in mediocrity, and, like a child building a sand castle, so serenely convinced that he was producing works of art."


His first child Joan, elder sister of Barbara Bel Geddes, was born on 2 December 1916. She later worked as researcher in her father's company. See more »

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