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Norman Bel Geddes

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Inspired from the aerodynamics of planes, he used the same principles to boats, cars, and industrial set ups. He was a theatre set developer and worked well in LA and with the Metropolitan Opera in NY. He designed home consumer stuff like the streamlined Emerson Patriot radio or the Soda pop King seltzer container, but his most well-known are the GM Pavilion was in the 1939 World’s Good. His girl Barbara Bel Geddes became a well-known film and Broadway celebrity who performed Ellie Ewing on Dallas. Buckminster Fuller, a modern of his, was another visionary developer. In fact, a few of their designs had been quite similar.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth April 27, 1893
Died May 8, 1958, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Michigan
Profession Inventor
Education Cleveland Institute of Art
Nationality American
Spouse Edith Lutyens, Helen Belle
Children Barbara Bel Geddes, Joan Bel Geddes Ulanov
Parents Clifton Terry Geddes, Flora Luelle
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1His revolutionary vision as a set designer let to a collaboration with Max Reinhardt in the theatrical production of "The Miracle".
2His first child Joan, elder sister of Barbara Bel Geddes, was born on 2 December 1916. She later worked as researcher in her father's company.
3Father of actress Barbara Bel Geddes.


Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sorrows of Satan1926
Feet of Clay1924uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance of the Hands1930Documentary short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance of the Hands1930Documentary short

Special Effects

Special Effects

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To New Horizons1940Short model designer

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Greatest Show on Earth1952designer: big top - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance of the Hands1930Documentary short producer

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Feet of Clay1924

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dead End1937produced for the stage by

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#Quote
1[on Cecil B. DeMille] "Never have I seen a man with so pre-eminent a position splash so fondly about in mediocrity, and, like a child building a sand castle, so serenely convinced that he was producing works of art."


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