Miss Ellie's marriage to oil baron Jock Ewing was central to the character for the first few years she appeared in the show, until his death in an episode in 1981, following the real life death of actor Jim Davis.Miss Ellie Ewing Farlow is one of the original characters invented by the creator of Dallas, David Jacobs.The Production Company, CBS, initially turned down his original idea, as they wanted something more "glitzy" to put on the air, with wealthier characters.

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Curran, producer Leonard Katzman said that "at the time no one was looking for big-name actors".

Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Farlow (maiden name Southworth; formerly Ewing) is a fictional character, from the CBS soap opera Dallas, a long running serial centered on the lives of the wealthy Ewing family in Dallas, Texas.

Throughout her run, the character remains an important part of the show's structure.

Created by writer David Jacobs, the role was originated by screen actress Barbara Bel Geddes in the series pilot episode until her departure in 1984.

Bel Geddes appeared in all but two of the Dallas episodes for six seasons, and missed one third of the episodes at the beginning of the 1983-84 season, due to her recovery from her heart surgery.

Miss Ellie's storylines focus on her family's troubles.

As the matriarch of the Ewing family, she is portrayed as a strong and loving mother.

Bel Geddes was the first actress to sign on to star in the series.

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Before the creation of the show, Jacobs originally had quite a different idea of what he envisioned the show to be.

He wanted to create a television show based on "family issues and examining relationships at the middle class level".