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Barbara Bel Geddes
New York, NY
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Actor; painter, greeting-card designer; author; illustrator
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Barbara Bel Geddes Fast Facts:
Father, Norman, was a theatrical designer, and later an industrial designer who specialized in aerodynamics.
First Hollywood contract had the unusual stipulation that she only had to do one film a year.
Was dropped by new RKO studio head Howard Hughes in 1948 because he deemed her "not sexy enough."
Was blacklisted for several years in the 1950s following an appearance before the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Made Broadway debut in
Out of the Frying Pan
in 1941, and played Maggie the Cat in the original 1955 production of
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Starred in the classic 1958
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
episode "Lamb to the Slaughter," in which she killed her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then served it to investigating detectives.
Had heart surgery in 1984 that forced her to leave the series
. Donna Reed replaced her as Ewing matriarch Miss Ellie, but Bel Geddes returned to the role the next season.
run (star Larry Hagman once said that she "held the ship together" on the series) her character battled breast cancer in a sensitive plot development that mirrored personal experience with the disease. While she found "dredging up" the ordeal painful, she took time to discuss the topic during interviews.
Wrote two children's books,
I Like to Be Me
So Do I
Barbara Bel Geddes Relationships:
Helen Belle Sneider Geddes - Mother
Carl Schreuer - Ex-husband
Norman Bel Geddes - Father
Betsy Lewis - Daughter
Susan Schreuer - Daughter
Windsor Lewis - Husband (deceased)
Joan Bel Geddes Ulanov - Sister
Barbara Bel Geddes Awards:
1981 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
1980 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
1980 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Winner
1961 Tony: Actress (Dramatic) - Nominee
1948 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Nominee
1956 Tony: Actress (Dramatic) - Nominee
1979 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
1981 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
1982 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
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