Thursday, December 2, 2010

Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie


Eden was born as Barbara Jean Morehead in Arizona 1934.  She is most famous for her role as Jeannie on the late 1960s TV show "I Dream of Jeannie" co-starring Larry Hagman.  She is also noted for her singing and on stage acting.


Barbara Eden as Jeannie in "I Dream of Jeannie"
Barbara Eden as Jeannie in "I Dream of Jeannie"

She made her first uncredited film appearance in "Back from Eternity" (1956).  That same year she landed appearances in TV shows such as "West Point", "Highway Patrol", "I Love Lucy", and "The Millionaire".  She made another film showing in "The Wayward Girl" in 1957 followed by TV appearances in "Perry Mason", "Gunsmoke", "Bachelor Father", and "December Bride".  The same year she began the role of "Loco Jones" in "How to Marry a Millionaire" which lasted until 1959.

In 1960 she began a two year film run with "Twelve Hours to Kill", "From the Terrace", "Flaming Star", "Swingin' Along" (1961), "All Hands on Deck", and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea".  From 1962 to 1963 Barbara had a string of TV appearances including "The Andy Griffith Show" (1962) with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, "Saints and Sinners", and "Dr. Kildare" (1963).  She also starred in several movies such as "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" (1962), "Five Weeks in a Balloon", "The Yellow Canary" (1963).

Eden had a busy film year in 1964 with "The Confession", "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" with Tony Randall, "The Brass Bottle", "The New Interns", and "Ride the Wild Surf".  Then came TV appearances in "The Virginian" (1964), "Rawhide" (3 episodes, 1963-64), and "Burk's Law" (4 episodes, 1963-65).



Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman in "I Dream of Jeannie"

It was in 1965 that Eden began the lovable role of Jeannie in "I Dream of Jeannie" with Larry Hagman.  She held the role for  139 episodes until the show ended in 1970.  Barbara also played the role of Jeannie's twin sister on the show.  She would later reprise the role 15 years later in a made for TV movie aptly named "I Dream of Jeannie: 15 years later" and again in 1991 in "I Still Dream of Jeannie".

After her run with "I Dream of Jeannie" through the 70s, Eden starred in many films and TV movies such as "A Howling in the Woods" (1971); "The Feminist and the Fuzz" co-starring David Hartman, Jo Anne Worley, Julie Newmar, Herb Edelman, Penny Marshall, Farrah Fawcett, and Harry Morgan (1971);
"The Woman Hunter" (1972); "The Barbara Eden Show" (1973); "The Toy Game" (1973); "The Stranger Within" (1974); "Out to Lunch"; " Let's Switch" (1975); "How to Break Up a Happy Divorce" (1976); and "The Amazing Dobermans" (1976).

Then,in 1978 she starred as Stella Johnson in the film "Harper Valley P.T.A." a movie created based on the famous 1968 song by Jeannie C. Riley.  This then led to a TV series in 1981-82 of which she also filled the leading role.





Barbara starred in several more movies throughout the 80s including "Chattanooga Choo Choo" with
George Kennedy, Joe Namath, Bridget Hanley, Melissa Sue Anderson, and Christopher McDonald (1984), "The Stepford Children" (1987), "The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick" (1988), and "Your Mother Wears Combat Boots" (1989).  

In 1985, Eden reprised the role of Jeannie in "I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later".   Due to the fact that Larry Hagman was unavailable,  Wayne Rogers filled in the spot of Tony.  She also co-starred with Bill Daily, Hayden Rorke, Belita Moreno, Mackenzie Astin, and Nicole Eggert. 

Eden then starred in 6 episodes of "A Brand New Life" from 1989 to 1990.

In 1990, Barbara reunited with her co-star from "I Dream of Jeannie", Larry Hagman in the nighttime TV servies "Dallas" for 5 episodes as Lee Ann De La Vega.  She then starred in films and TV movies such as "Hell Hath No Fury" (1991), "Visions of Murder" (1993),
Dead Man's Island co-starring Don Most, William Shatner, Roddy McDowall, David Faustino, Traci Lords, Morgan Fairchild,  Christopher Atkins (1996); "Nite Club Confidential" (1996), "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1998), and "Loco Love" (2003).  She also appeared on-stage in 1991 with Wayne Rogers in the play "Same Time, Next Year".  She also teamed up with Larry Hagman on-stage in the off Broadway "Love Letters" in 2006.


Barbara Eden in 2004
Barbara Eden in 2009

Eden finished out the first decade of the new millennium with 3 appearances in "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Great Aunt Irma, "George Lopez" (2007), "Army Wives" (2007), and "Always and Forever" (2009).




Barbara Eden in 2010



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