The Associated Press obituary, by Bob Thomas. I should note, since Thomas doesn’t, that the blacklist abbreviated Bel Geddes’ Hollywood career even more definitively than Howard Hughes – she was off the screen for years until “Vertigo” in ’58. She was also the original “professional virgin” of the play “The Moon is Blue,” also unmentioned here.http://www.newsobser...-11099764c.html
"I went out to California awfully young," she remarked. "I remember Lillian Hellman and Elia Kazan telling me, 'Don't go, learn your craft.' But I loved films." After four movies, Howard Hughes, who had bought control of RKO in 1948, dropped her contract because "she wasn't sexy enough."
Bel Geddes was devastated. But it turned out to be a good happenstance. She had time to return to the stage, and she scored a triumph in 1955 as Maggie the Cat in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Yet her biggest Broadway success was "Mary, Mary," a frothy marital comedy by Jean Kerr, which opened in 1961 and ran for more than 1,500 performances.