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Biography

Barbara Eden was born as Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, went on and become one of America’s most endearing and enduring actresses. A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California. Eden would go on to study at San Francisco’s City College as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre. While her aspirations as a singer motivated her during her early years for a career in music, it was her starring role in the NBC TV comedy series, I Dream of Jeannie (1965) where Barbara Eden immediately gained international acclaim!
While most popular for her role as “Jeannie”, Barbara Eden has starred in more than 20 theatrical feature films and made for television films. Atleast four different movie filming studios, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Studios, and Universal Studios. Most notably in the films: Flaming Star (1960), when she acted as Elvis Presley’s leading lady. Other films, that Barbara Eden had a leading role were: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) and The Brass Bottle (1964). The Brass Bottle comedy movie led to Sidney Sheldon’s creation of I Dream of Jeannie (1965) comical TV series.
In television, Eden made her first featured appearance on I Love Lucy: Country Club Dance (1957), (as the series was nearing being canceled, there were just two more after it). Eden immediately landed a starring role in the television version of How to Marry a Millionaire (1957), where she portrayed the same character role, originated by Marilyn Monroe. Another memorable appearance came on The Andy Griffith Show: The Manicurist (1962), featuring her with the character role, special guest-star, also with her occupation being titled.
In 1965, Barbara Eden was cast the leading role in Sidney Sheldon’s NBC sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie (1965). It televised weekly, for five successful and humorous seasons with 139 episodes. After “Jeannie”, Barbara Eden went on to star in many other comical and family productions. Especially Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) and Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984) among other numerous highly rated made-for-television movies well into the 1990s. She has also acted in western series and thrillers.
Outside of her film and television works, Barbara Eden headlined a majority of the major hotel resorts and casinos including Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. She also was the star attraction at the MGM Grand, Harrah’s, Caesar’s Palace as well as on concert stages and in legitimate theaters across the country.
Utilizing her singing ability Eden released an album titled “Miss Barbara Eden” in 1967, for record company, Dot Records. She has also been a musical guest star in a wide range of variety television shows. Eden’s appearances included are 21 Bob Hope special shows, along with The Carol Burnett Show (1967), The Jonathan Winters Show (1967), The Sonny and Cher Show (1976), The Jerry Lewis Show (1963), This Is Tom Jones (1969), Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974), and Donny and Marie (1975).
During the Persian Gulf War, she traveled with Bob Hope to the middle-east to perform for the combat troops and then continued on with Hope in a whirlwind eight-day around-the-world USO tour entertaining servicemen during the Christmas season.
To celebrate the 2002 Yuletide season, she responded to an invitation from President George Bush, Barbara journeyed to Washington D.C. and sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the annual White House “Lighting of the National Christmas Tree” event where she also hosted the show and pageant with President and Mrs. Bush for an audience of 6,000 cheering fans on the Ellipse near the White House.
A multi-talent Eden starred in the national touring musicals The Sound of Music (1965) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1998). In the latter production, she played Lorelei Lee, the character created on Broadway by Carol Channing and performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 20th Century Fox film version. Eden also toured vastly in various stage productions like Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), Annie Get Your Gun (1967), Wild Pacific (2009) and Nite Club Confidential (1996). Love Letters (1983) movie was along with I Dream of Jeannie (1965) co-star, she always called him, “Master”, Larry Hagman, after he opened the cork and releasing her, from the bottle she was bottled, or locked up in and jailed, for an extremely very long time. The duo toured metropolitan and major cities, almost completely across the United States. Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple: Female Version”, most recently, “Social Security” (1985). She has also often been on some TV series, All Star Blitz (1985), Entertainment Tonight (1981) and Larry King Live (1985).
In 2011, Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, published Barbara’s memoir, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle”, which debuted at number 14 on the New York Times Best Seller List and on Australia’s Best Seller List, published there by Harper-Collins, Inc. The autobiography chronicle’s Eden’s colorful life and remarkable Hollywood career that spans more than 50 years.
One of Hollywood’s busiest actresses, Barbara filmed a starring role in Always and Forever (2009), a movie filmed by and for the Hallmark Channel, it televised numerous times during the year filmed and released. On the road, she hosted productions of Ballets with a Twist (1996), the new groundbreaking show that stars rotating celebrity emcees and dancers from Dancing with the Stars (2010). Barbara Eden has also appeared recently in a recurring role on Lifetime’s Army Wives (2007) series; guest-starred on ABC’s George Lopez (2002) and enacted a recurring role on Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996). During her long career, Barbara has starred in 25 feature films, five network TV series and 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies.
Barbara has been featured in TV commercials for Old Navy, AT&T, and she introduced the LEXUS SUV, which was later named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine.
People Magazine named Barbara “One of America’s 200 Greatest Pop Icons of the 20th Century.” She has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard near the front of the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; named one of TV Guide’s Most Popular Comedy Stars and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the TV Land Television Network.
When there is time in her crowded schedule, Eden works actively on behalf of numerous charities including The Trail of Painted Ponies Breast Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp USA.
Barbara Eden resides with her architect/real estate developer husband Jon Eicholtz in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Patterson Lundquist

Barbara Eden’s Son Found Dead

I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden is said to be “devastated” after the body of her only son was discovered Monday night.

Matthew Ansara, 35, Eden’s son with actor Michael Ansara, was found Monday night slumped over the steering wheel of a parked car by an attendant at a Chevron gas station in Monrovia, east of Los Angeles. Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead at 9:15 p.m., Eden’s spokesman, Gene Schwam, told Reuters.

There was no trauma to Ansara’s body, Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Scott Carrier said, adding that the cause of death is under investigation.

Schwam said that Ansara, a fitness trainer and actor, had been planning to marry on Sept. 1. He said that Eden, who was busy planning the wedding, was “devastated.”

“They’re just in shock right now. This is her only child. She gets a call at 3:30 a.m.,” Schwam said, adding that Ansara had not had any recent illnesses.

“He was a bodybuilder, he looked like a million bucks,” he said.

Eden is best-known for the title role as the blond genie in a bottle in the 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie opposite Larry Hagman.

She met her former husband, Michael Ansara, who played Cochise on the old TV series Broken Arrow, while both were under contract with Fox. He was working on a series and she was playing the Marilyn Monroe character in a television series based on the film How to Marry a Millionaire.

Reuters contributed to this story.

Barbara Eden recalls fond memories of her former ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ co-star Larry Hagman

Barbara Eden recalls fond memories of her former ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ co-star Larry Hagman, as well as the reason she thinks the show ended after five seasons.

Barbara Eden still cherishes her time with “I Dream of Jeannie” co-star Larry Hagman.

The actor, who would go on to portray one of television’s most popular villains, J.R. Ewing in the CBS series “Dallas,” died in 2012 at age 81 from cancer.

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN RECALLS ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY WITH LARRY HAGMAN: ‘IT WAS WONDERFUL’

He and Eden, 88, starred in “I Dream of Jeannie” from 1965 until 1970. The sitcom chronicled the misadventures of an astronaut named Maj. Anthony Nelson (Hagman) whose life turns upside down when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a genie named, what else, Jeannie. (Eden).

Barbara Eden as Jeannie and Larry Hagman as Major Nelson. (NBCU Photo Bank/Getty)

“I have millions of memories of Larry,” Eden recently told Closer Weekly. “The last time I saw him, I was in Australia and he was great. I’ll never forget that. That was years ago, before he passed away. He didn’t look sick; it was a shock to me when he left us.”

Hagman, who suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, had a life-saving transplant in 1995. He died in 2012 from complications of throat cancer, according to IMDB.com.

When Eden was asked what made Hagman an ideal acting partner, she quickly responded, “His talent.”

“I worked with him in a couple of movies and on ‘Dallas,’ too,” she continued. “He was just talented; I loved it. He made it easy to work with him.”

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN SAYS SHE’S NEVER THOUGHT OF HERSELF AS ‘THE SEXY ACTRESS’

Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman during the 2004 TV Land Awards in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc. / Getty)

Eden told the outlet she had plenty of memories bringing the beloved series to life, but there was one incident that occurred during the production of Season 1 that still remains vivid in her mind.

“My friend Gene Nelson was directing the show at the time,” recalled Eden. “I came to work and there was a red bathing suit on my couch in my dressing room. I told the wardrobe girl, ‘You know, I can’t wear that,’ and she said, ‘OK, I’ll go out and tell him.’ So we went out and told Gene. Gene came back, looked at me and said: ‘Barbara, you’ve never been temperamental. You won’t wear the bathing suit?’ … I said, ‘I’m pregnant.’ And he knew it. He said, ‘Well, you can just wear it.’ I said, ‘No Gene, it doesn’t look good. He said, ‘Just put it on and let me see it.’”

“So I put the bathing suit on… he came to the door of my dressing room and I said, ‘Ta-da!’ And he went, ‘Oh, OK, yeah. OK.’ He walked away and that was it. I mean, come on.”

“I Dream of Jeannie” may still be a sought-after TV classic, but Eden believes the series still works today.

“Yes I do,” she said. “Because it’s a classical theme and genies have been around a long time. What would she be doing? She’d be doing probably exactly what she was doing before; she would be active in every way. she’s apolitical, so don’t go there. She’d be making people happy.”

Barbara Eden as Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie” circa 1967. (Getty)

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ STAR BARBARA EDEN DESCRIBES WORKING WITH LARRY HAGMAN, ELVIS AND LUCILLE BALL

Back in 2017, Eden told Fox News that there was one memory of Hagman that still makes her smile.

“Oh, there’s so many!” she said at the time. “We seemed to have the same rhythm in our comedic timing, which was fortunate for both of us. We enjoyed working together… The most outstanding story with Larry was the one when we had a lion as a guest. I had done two feature films with lions and I’ve been told how to treat them. They’re male lions, they’re lazy. If they’re well-fed, they don’t really want to eat you. But they do want to play with you if you run around! You have to be very quiet with them. So I went over and I told Larry, ‘We have to go make friends with the lion.’ He goes, ‘I’m not going to make any friends with any bleep lion!’ And walks off!

“And so, I walked over and I did the usual things I’ve been trained to do,” Eden continued. “I scratched him behind the ears. Never the ears, just behind the ears. And I rehearsed with the cat. He was 600 pounds, a big male lion. They put a little bowl of raw meat beside me. He put his head down and nom, nom, nom. Oh boy, that was good. He looks around and he’s very happy. Very, very happy. And then Larry came in. They started the scene.

Barbara Eden doesn’t mind being recognized for her iconic role. (AP)

“They put the meat down and he ate his meat. He turned around, looked at Larry, and let out a huge roar! It was the loudest roar you have ever heard in your life. Larry was on the next set. He was gone! But not only was he gone, but every single man on that set also ran. They broke the camera, one of the pieces fell over and I had a 600-pound lion on my lap purring. He put his head in my lap and started to lick my arm, like a great, big pussycat.”

‘I DREAM OF JEANNIE’ ACTRESS BARBARA EDEN DESCRIBES ACCIDENT ON SET: ‘IT WAS AWFUL!’

Eden also acknowledged that thanks to “I Dream of Jeannie,” she undoubtedly has one of the most famous bellybuttons in Hollywood history.

“I have a big ‘thank-you’ to the media for that,” she said. “I was on the set one day and for The Hollywood Reporter walked on the set and right over to me. He said, ‘I don’t believe you have one.’ I said, ‘A what?’ And he goes, ‘A belly button!’ And then he poked me in the middle! He started writing about my belly button… The next thing I knew, the ‘Laugh-In’ wanted to premiere my navel on NBC. I know a lot of women are known for very glamorous body parts, but my navel? Ha!”

  • Long Island Medium star Theresa Caputo gave a reading to Barbara Eden for the TLC series.
  • The I Dream of Jeannie star lost her son, Matthew, from a drug overdose in 2001.
  • Caputo tells Eden her son says he never intended to hurt her or himself.

I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden lost her son, Matthew Ansara, to a heroin overdose in 2001. Matthew, her only child, was just 35 years old. Now, in a new clip of the upcoming episode of Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo sits down with Eden with what she says is a message from her late son.

Eden with Matthew during the first season of I Dream of Jeannie. NBCGetty Images

Matthew, her child with former husband Michael Ansara, was working as a trainer and actor and was set to get married later that year, ABC News reported at the time. He had struggled with drugs for years before his death, and went in and out of rehab. But by the time he turned 31, he seemed to have turned the page and was sober.

“Apparently he had taken a hit of heroin and he hadn’t had it in quite a while, I guess,” Eden told the network. “It killed him. It stopped his heart.”

Matthew helped celebrate his mother’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988. Ron Galella, Ltd.Getty Images

During the reading, the topic of how Matthew died came into focus. “He wanted to apologize for an action,” Caputo told Eden during the reading. “He says, ‘You know I would never do anything to harm you or more importantly myself.'”

“I think Matthew’s greatest accomplishment was making people around him happy,” Eden told the cameras. “He could be so empathetic, and so kind, and then so funny. I miss him a lot.”

June 27, 2001 — I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden is said to be “devastated” after the body of her only son was discovered Monday night.

Matthew Ansara, 35, Eden’s son with actor Michael Ansara, was found Monday night slumped over the steering wheel of a parked car by an attendant at a Chevron gas station in Monrovia, east of Los Angeles. Paramedics arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead at 9:15 p.m., Eden’s spokesman, Gene Schwam, told Reuters.

There was no trauma to Ansara’s body, Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Scott Carrier said, adding that the cause of death is under investigation.

Schwam said that Ansara, a fitness trainer and actor, had been planning to marry on Sept. 1. He said that Eden, who was busy planning the wedding, was “devastated.”

“They’re just in shock right now. This is her only child. She gets a call at 3:30 a.m.,” Schwam said, adding that Ansara had not had any recent illnesses.

“He was a bodybuilder, he looked like a million bucks,” he said.

Eden is best-known for the title role as the blond genie in a bottle in the 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie opposite Larry Hagman.

She met her former husband, Michael Ansara, who played Cochise on the old TV series Broken Arrow, while both were under contract with Fox. He was working on a series and she was playing the Marilyn Monroe character in a television series based on the film How to Marry a Millionaire.

Reuters contributed to this story.

At 86 years old, I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden is more stunning than ever! Though Barbara has nearly retired from acting today, her Hollywood legacy continues to live on through her most memorable role as a lovable, 2,000-year-old genie named (of course!) Jeannie.

Born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, AZ in August 1931, Barbara later made her showbiz debut at age 25 as a semi-regular on The Johnny Carson Show in 1956. After appearing on popular shows including I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke, The Andy Griffith Show, and Route 66, Barbara landed the coveted part of Jeannie in 1965!

Barbara in March 2017.

In a recent exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Barbara candidly opened up about starring on the hit sitcom — and even revealed a few behind-the-scenes secrets from the I Dream of Jeannie set. “When that camera started rolling, it was just heaven,” she said in September 2015.

Barbara recalled first meeting her late co-star Larry Hagman — who played Jeannie’s master and later husband Tony Nelson — for the first time before filming. “Larry said I scared him to death! I threw my arms around his neck and said, ‘Oh, Master!’ And he was like, ‘What is this woman doing?’”

Barbara on I Dream of Jeannie in 1967.

“, Larry was sitting on the sofa and I had to jump in the air and land on it with my hand under my chin. We rehearsed it and it worked beautifully,” Barbara said. When it came time to film, the actress accidentally landed on Larry’s knee and cracked his tooth! “Oh, it was awful! Blood all over the place,” Barbara said. “We didn’t do anything like that again.”

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Who Is Barbara Eden?

Her Early Life

  • Barbara Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23, 1934, in Tuscon, Arizona. She used that name in many of her early movie roles.
  • When she was three years old, her parents got a divorce. Shortly afterwards, she moved to San Francisco with her mother.
  • Her mother married a telephone lineman; however, the family was hit very hard by the Great Depression, and they did not have a lot of money. During this time period, her mother often sang to her, which piqued Barbara’s interest in the theatrical arts.
  • While you may know her as an actress, you might also know her as a singer. Hardships in her early life led her to seek music.

Her Life as an Actress

  • She has starred in a variety of movie and television roles throughout her life. Early in her career, she appeared in shows such as I Love Lucy, The Johnny Carson Show, and Father Knows Best.
  • Her most famous and well known role was as Jeannie in the 1960s television sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
  • The show ran from 1965-1970 and it had fairly successful ratings during its time. During this time period, Eden was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.
  • The television program continued to remain popular after it was cancelled, and Eden continued to reprise her role for various programs, commercials, and movies.
  • As late as the 1990s, she appeared for a few moments in A Very Brady Sequel.

  • Playing Jeannie was not her only successful character, as she is still active on the scene today.
  • Most recently, Eden appeared in a 2009 film entitled Always and Forever.

‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Actress Barbara Eden Pays Tribute to Late Co-Star Bill Daily

Barbara Eden took to Twitter this weekend to pay tribute to Bill Daily, the late actor who co-starred with her in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

“Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed. Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I’m so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo -B #RIPBillDaily,” Eden tweeted Saturday.

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Eden, now 87, played a magical genie, while Daily and Larry Hagman portrayed astronauts on the TV show, which initially ran 1965-70 and has remained popular in re-runs for years.

Daily died Sept. 4, his family confirmed Friday. He was 91. Hagman died in 2012 at the age of 81.

Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed. Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I’m so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo -B #RIPBillDaily pic.twitter.com/OVZjaWB9CP

— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) September 8, 2018

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.

Unending pain … Barbara Eden still haunted by her son’s death.

My mother worked as the credit manager for a jewellery store. She was very stylish and had this knack of being able to find clothes on sale but look as if she had stepped out of Vogue. Each night, we’d do dishes and she’d sing Gilbert and Sullivan ditties. I’d join in and, through her, developed a passion for singing. She always encouraged me and I knew she was there for me.

Well into my teens, dating wasn’t a priority; I focused on singing and studying acting. When I stayed with my aunt and uncle in Los Angeles an introduction to a talent scout at Warner Brothers came my way. After asking about my drama training, he produced a picture of his daughter and said, “See, honey, that’s what you need. Big tits!”

It broke my heart, but I put it in perspective and realised that not every part is written for a big-busted woman – so I decided to be a character actress. The experience taught me not to listen to people’s negativity, but to follow my heart instead.

While staying at the Hollywood Studio Club, which provided a home for women in show business, I took a dancing job at Ciro’s nightclub on Sunset Boulevard. One night, Elvis Presley called the owner and asked for a date . I assumed the owner was kidding and didn’t think about it again until 1960, when I worked with him on the film Flaming Star. Elvis had such good manners and was lovely to talk to. He signed a photo to my sister, which she keeps at her bedside till this day.