Barbara Bel Geddes

Barbara Bel Geddes

Highest Rated: 100% Caught (1949)

Lowest Rated: 83% Fourteen Hours (1951)

Birthday: Oct 31, 1922

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Known around the world as Ellie Ewing, the long-suffering matriarch of the affluent and combative Ewing clan on the highly popular primetime drama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991), Barbara Bel Geddes was familiar with the world of performing from her childhood, thanks to the behind-the-scenes Broadway success of her father, Norman Bel Geddes. After a stint at the Actors Studio and a handful of plays, she made her own name on the Great White Way with the controversial "Deep are the Roots" (1945-46) and was subsequently cast in other successful productions like "The Moon is Blue" (1951-53), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955-56), and "Mary, Mary" (1961-64). She also earned notable credits in the motion picture world, including "I Remember Mama" (1948), for which she received an Oscar nomination, "Panic in the Streets" (1950), and Alfred Hitchcock's suspense masterpiece "Vertigo" (1958). Her greatest notoriety, however, came via the small screen. Bel Geddes earned a footnote in television history with her turn as a sly murderess in "Lamb to the Slaughter," one of the most fondly remembered episodes of the darkly humorous "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS/NBC, 1955-1962). However, it was that Emmy-winning stint on "Dallas" that brought Bel Geddes the most lasting recognition and when health issues forced her to drop out of the show, the public was sorry to see her go.

Highest rated movies

I Remember Mama
Panic in the Streets
Fourteen Hours
Blood on the Moon




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Todd Killings Mrs. Todd (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dangerous Friend Mrs. Todd (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 38% By Love Possessed Clarissa Winner (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Branded Women Marja (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 92% The Five Pennies Willa Stutsman (Character) - 1959
94% 93% Vertigo Midge Wood (Character) $1.8M 1958
83% 73% Fourteen Hours Virginia Foster (Character) - 1951
97% 78% Panic in the Streets Nancy Reed (Character) - 1950
100% 77% Caught Leonora Eames (Character) - 1949
83% 64% Blood on the Moon Amy Lufton (Character) - 1948
100% 83% I Remember Mama Katrin (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 48% The Long Night Jo Ann (Character) - 1947


No Score Yet 100% Dallas Eleanor Southworth "Miss Ellie" Ewing (Character) 1978-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet 90% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1958-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dow Hour of Great Mysteries Unknown (Character) 1960