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November 15, 2023

30 Gorgeous Photos of Barbara Bel Geddes in the 1940s

Born 1922 in New York City, American actress, artist, and children’s author Barbara Bel Geddes had her career spanning almost five decades. She was best known for her starring role as Miss Ellie Ewing in the television series Dallas. She also starred as Maggie in the original Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. Her notable films included I Remember Mama (1948) and Vertigo (1958). Throughout her career, she was the recipient of several acting awards and nominations.

Bel Geddes retired from acting in 1990 and settled in her homes in Northeast Harbor, Maine, and Putnam Valley, NY, where she continued to work as a fine artist. She was the author of two children’s books, I Like to Be Me and So Do I, as well as the creator of a popular line of greeting cards.

Looking back on her career, Bel Geddes told People: “They’re always making me play well-bred ladies. I’m not very well bred, and I’m not much of a lady.” She died of lung cancer in 2005, at her estate in Northeast Harbor, Maine, at the age of 82.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of a young Barbara Bel Geddes in the 1940s.


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