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Barbara Bel Geddes

Barbara Bel Geddes
Bel Geddes as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
Personal information
Birth dateOctober 31, 1922
Place of birthNew York City, New York, United States
Date of deathAugust 8, 2005(age 82)
Death placeNortheast Harbor, Maine, United States
Years active1947 90
Spouse-Carl Sawyer-1944-1951
-Windsor Lewis-1951-1972 (his death)

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Barbara Bel Geddes (October 31, 1922 - August 8, 2005) was an American actress, artist and children's author. She is best known for her role in the television drama series Dallas as matriarch Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Ewing. Bel Geddes also starred in the original Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the role of Maggie, and also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958). She was the recipient of several awards and award nominations for her thespian performances.

Bel Geddes retired from Dallas (and acting) in 1990 and settled in her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine, where she continued to work as a fine artist. She was the author of two children's books and the creator of a line of greeting cards. She was twice married, and the mother of two daughters.

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