Barbara Bel Geddes Biography
Birthday: October 31, 1922 (Scorpio)
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Barbara Bel Geddes was an American actress, artist, and children’s author, best remembered for her portrayal of Miss Ellie, the assertive matriarch of CBS’s primetime soap opera ‘Dallas’. Over the course of her 60-year-long career, she had built up a stellar résumé with numerous stage, films, and television performances. The daughter of a stage and industrial designer, Bel Geddes started her career on stage. Her first prominent role was in the 1945 Broadway production of ‘Deep Are The Roots’. It garnered her several awards and catapulted her to prominence. In 1947, she made her screen debut in the film-noir ‘The Long Night’. Three years later, she was cast in her first television project, NBC’s drama series ‘Robert Montgomery Presents’. At the height of her career, she starred in the original Broadway production of ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, played major roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ and George Stevens’ ‘I Remember Mama’, and portrayed various characters in ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’, the legendary filmmaker’s small-screen venture. In 1978, she became one of the original cast members of ‘Dallas’ and would be involved with the show till its penultimate season. Bel Geddes retired from acting afterwards.