BARBARA BEL GEDDES BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Barbara Bel Geddes was born on October 31st, 1922 in New York City, New York. Her father, Norman Bel Geddes was a theatrical and industrial designer who was responsible for staging more then 200 plays. Growing up around exposure to theater she was destined for a career in the industry.
When Geddes turned eighteen she began working as a stage actress and soon got her chance to work on Broadway. In 1947, she was approached by Hollywood and offered her first role in the film, "The Long Night" (1947) followed by roles in, "I remember Mama" and "Blood on the Moon" (both 1948). She was reaching a level of stardom that aloud her to appear on the cover of Life magazine in 1948. She even earned a Academy Award nomination for her role in, "I Remember Mama" for Best Supporting Actress.
As her career progressed she continued to excel on stage as well as in the film industry appearing in more successful films such as, "Panic in the Streets" (1950), "Vertigo" (1958) and "The Five Pennies" (1959). She never neglected her love of stage and earned numerous awards and honors for her stage work such as, the Woman of the Year Award by Hasty Pudding Theatricals USA as well as being nominated for a Tony Award as best Dramatic actress for her role in, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1956).
She made a number of television appearances as well throughout her career some of which included, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) and she was very well known for playing Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow in the series, "Dallas" (1978) for which she won an Emmy Award for best actress. In 1990, Geddes retired from acting and went into designing stationary for fun in her spare time.
Geddes married twice during her lifetime, first to Carl Schreuer from 1944 through 1951 and having one child together. Her second marriage was to Windsor Lewis from 1951 through 1972 when he passed away also having one child together.
On August 8th, 2005 Geddes passed away in Northeast Harbor, Maine from lung cancer. She was survived by her two daughters, Susan and Betsy.
1977 Our Town
1976 Spencer's Pilots
1971 The Todd Killings
1969 Daniel Boone
1969 Journey to the Unknown
1968 CBS Playhouse
1965 Dr. Kildare
1962 Death Valley Days
1961 By Love Possessed
1958-1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries
1960 5 Branded Women
1959 The Five Pennies
1958 The DuPont Show of the Month
1958 The United States Steel Hour
1958 Playhouse 90
1957-1958 Studio One in Hollywood
1957 Schlitz Playhouse
1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial
1954 Campbell Summer Soundstage
1951 Fourteen Hours
1950 Nash Airflyte Theatre
1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents
1950 Panic in the Streets
1948 Blood on the Moon
1948 I Remember Mama
1947 The Long Night