Barbara Bel Geddes (October 31, 1922-August 8, 2005) was an American actress, artist and children's author. She was best known for her role in the television drama series Dallas as matriarch Miss Ellie. Bel Geddes also starred in the original Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the role of Maggie. Her notable films included Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and I Remember Mama (1948). She was the recipient of several acting awards and nominations throughout her career. Bel Geddes was born in New York City, the daughter of Helen Belle (nee Schneider) and stage and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes. She married theatrical manager Carl Sawyer (aka Carl Schreuer) in 1944; they had one daughter, Susan. They divorced in 1951.
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