Barbara Bel Geddes dies at 82

Emmy-winning actress Barbara Bel Geddes, famous for her role as "Miss Ellie" Ewing on the prime-time soap Dallas, has died of lung cancer at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine, at the age of 82.

Bell Geddes, born in New York City and raised by her theatrical-designer father Norman Bel Geddes, began acting professionally on stage at the age of 18. After drawing the attention of film director Elia Kazan with her 1945 role in Broadway's Deep Are the Roots, she nabbed leading roles in movies such as The Long Night and I Remember Mama. However, she was ultimately dropped from RKO films because she "wasn't sexy enough."

The determined actress returned to the stage with smash hits like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Mary, Mary and eventually made it back into the film world. She appeared in Kazan's Panic in the Streets, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, and other movies before retiring in 1966 to take care of her cancer-stricken husband, Windsor Lewis. After Lewis' death in 1972, Bel Geddes found herself broke and short of work until she was offered the career-reviving Dallas role in 1978.

Aside from a year of hiatus due to heart surgery, Bel Geddes played the beloved Miss Ellie until she retired again in 1990. "She was the rock of Dallas," said costar Larry Hagman. "She was just a really nice woman and a wonderful actress. She was kind of the glue that held the whole thing together."

In addition to Dallas, Bel Geddes made appearances on TV shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Daniel Boone, CBS Playhouse, and several others.

Bel Geddes is survived by her two daughters, Susan and Betty. Her family has asked that no further information on her death be released.

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thats so sad
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All of us here in the culdesac at Knots Landing are mourning our loss...we love you and will miss you Miss Ellie!
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It's too bad..I liked watching her in Dallas...R.I.P
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Another great actress gone to soon.. loved by many and missed by all . . she will be missed. . Ms Geddes has made her final curtain call. . God bless her and her family. .
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Miss Ellie will be missed by many. My prayers and thoughts (i dont think Miss Bel Geddes would want sympathy) go to her family and extended family
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Barbara Bel Geddes was a fine actress who played one of the best loved characters in TV history. They say she was even better on stage as she originated such roles as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

RIP, Ms. Bel Geddes. You will be missed.
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seems like we losing all of our most beloved tv stars lately. my prayers to her family and rest in peace, Miss Ellie.
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RIP
This is so sad and she was great in Dallas.
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Oh no, not Miss Ellie!! :( :( :(
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RIP. She was great in Vertigo and I liked her when she appeared on Alfred Hitch**** presents too.
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R.I.P She was in one of my favorite movies...
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RIP :-)
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Another sad passing. She was great on Dallas.
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That's too bad. She was a great actress. Rest in peace Miss Ellie.
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R.I.P.
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