Aug. 23rd, 1934
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Barbara Eden's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1996 - A Very Brady Sequel
1964 - The New Interns
1964 - 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
1964 - Ride the Wild Surf
1962 - Five Weeks in a Balloon
1962 - The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
1961 - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
1960 - Flaming Star
1960 - From the Terrace
1957 - Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
1956 - Back from Eternity
Guest TV Roles
Herself - Contestant
Lee Ann De La Vega
Great Aunt Irma
Herself - Interviewee
Barbara Eden (born August 23, 1934) is an American film, stage, and television actress and singer. She is best known for her starring role of "Jeannie" in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Born Barbara Jean Morehead, in Tucson, Arizona. Eden was a cheerleader in high school and a pop singer as a teenager. She graduated in 1949 from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California.
Eden is most indelibly associated with her role as the genie in the bottle in the long-running TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie (1965), co-starring 'Larry Hagman'. In I Dream of Jeannie (1965), Major Anthony Nelson (Hagman) is a NASA astronaut who finds a decorative pink bottle on a desert island after he splashes down in the ocean. The bottle has a beautiful blond genie in it (Eden), who immediately assumes that Nelson is her master. He brings her home to live in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In each episode, the forbidden use of Jeannie's well-meaning mystical powers alters reality in some wacky way that must be carefully explained away by Nelson. No other person knows of Jeannie's existence except for Nelson's bumbling friend, Major Roger Healey. Together, they conspire to keep her secret from everyone else, especially from Nelson's commanding officers at NASA. The sitcom gained a cult following, and Eden still appears from time to time in commercials and cameos that poke gentle fun at her former role.
Before focusing on a TV career, Eden had parts in a series of unremarkable films in the 1950s and 1960s. Her first film role was in Back from Eternity (1956). In 1957, she starred on TV in How to Marry a Millionaire (1957) and after I Dream of Jeannie (1965) successful five year run from 1965 to 1970, she starred in Harper Valley P.T.A. (1981-82). She published her autobiography, Barbara Eden: My Story, in October 1986. In 1997, Columbia announced plans to produce a big-screen episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Eden was slated to make a cameo appearance as the new Jeannie's aunt. The film, originally scheduled for 1998, has not yet been produced.
Eden married first husband 'Michael Ansara' in 1958 and divorced him in 1972. The couple had a son, Matthew Ansara, (b. August 29, 1965). She married Charles Donald Fegert (September 3, 1977), and divorced him in (1983). She married her current husband, Jon Eicholtz, in (January 1991).
- Miss San Francisco of 1951.
- She's directly descended from American founding father Benjamin Franklin.
- Barbara's last name was changed from "Huffman" to "Eden" by her first agent.
- Although she was born Barbara Jean Moorhead, she took her stepfather's last name of Huffman when her mother Alice remarried.
- Her aunt Marjorie Franklin Shumaker, was born May 2, 1911, she lived to be 91.
- Her husband, Jon Eicholtz, celebrates his birthday on August 3
- Aunt of 'Katherine Fugate' (qv).
- Her grandmother, Frances Elvira O'Leary Franklin, was born in 1879 in Galena, Nevada.