Barbara Bel Geddes Overview:

Legendary actress, Barbara Bel Geddes, was born on Oct 31, 1922 in New York City, NY. Bel Geddes died at the age of 82 on Aug 8, 2005 in Northeast Harbor, ME and was cremated and her ashes scattered at her farm in NY.


Round-faced, light-haired American actress of much warmth and appeal, who played plain, sincere, lovable ladies. She made her stage debut at 17, but her wholesome image never really caught on in the cinema. Her career was also somewhat impaired by ill-health and the McCarthy witch-hunt; thus Hollywood let her best years escape the screen. Nominated for an Oscar in I Remember Mama, she undoubtedly made too few films, but did become a familiar figure to television audiences of the 1980s as Miss Ellie in Dallas.

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Although Bel Geddes was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1948Best Supporting ActressI Remember Mama (1948)KatrinNominated

Bel Geddes was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame .

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Barbara Bel Geddes Quotes:

Midge: You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all.

Nancy Reed: If there's a plague here, you're the most important guy in this town.

Leonora Eames: Posture and social useage
Smith Ohlrig: Social what?
Leonora Eames: Useage. You know, conversation, etiquette, how to pour tea
[Leonora mines this action with her hand]
Leonora Eames: , how to listen to music
[Leonora then places two fingers from her hand to her right ear]
Leonora Eames: , how to... please watch the road.

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Barbara Bel Geddes Facts
She attended Putney School, a private school in Putney, Vermont.

Daughter of stage designer/art director Norman Bel Geddes and Helen Belle Sneider Geddes.

She played the showgirl in The Sleeping Prince on Broadway. Marilyn Monroe garnered the role in the Hollywood film version - The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

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