Basic Information About Barbara Eden
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Date of birth||1931-08-23 (92 years old)|
|Place of birth||Tucson|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||Blonde hair|
Sparkling blue eyes
Bright, melodic voice.
|Spouse||5 January - Jon Eicholtz ( 1991 - present)|
3 September - Charles Donald Fegert ( 1977 - 1983) (divorced)
Michael Ansara - (17 January 1958 - 25 May 1974) (divorced) (1 child)
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.62 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Barbara Eden win?
Barbara Eden roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|The Virginian||Samantha Fry 1 episode, 1964|
|Dallas||Lee Ann De La Vega 5 episodes, 1990-1991|
|Army Wives||Victoria Grayson 1 episode, 2007|
|Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Aunt Irma 3 episodes, 2002-2003|
|Let's Make a Deal||Self 1 episode, 2020|
|Shimmer and Shine||Empress Caliana 1 episode, 2016|
|Not Necessarily the News||Self 1 episode, 1987|
|The Oprah Winfrey Show||Self 1 episode, 1987|
|The Andy Griffith Show||Ellen Brown 1 episode, 1962|
|The Talk||Self 1 episode, 2011|
|Dr. Kildare||Nurse Judy Gail 1 episode, 1963|
|The Carol Burnett Show||Self - Guest / ... 1 episode, 1967|
|I Dream of Jeannie||Jeannie / ... 139 episodes, 1965-1970|
|George Lopez||Ruth 1 episode, 2007|
|Burke's Law||Linda Murray / ... 4 episodes, 1963-1965|
|Route 66||Margo Stiles / ... 2 episodes, 1964|
|Access Hollywood||Self 1 episode, 2006|
|The Maury Povich Show||Self / ... 2 episodes, 1991-1992|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Self - Guest 1 episode, 1994|
Barbara Eden's Movie/Shows Salary
|Movie / Series||Salary|
|How to Marry a Millionaire (1957)||$200 per week|
Barbara Eden's Quotes
- I don't know what I am doing from one moment to the next. I like that not knowing because it's always a surprise. You don't know what's around the corner, you know what role am I going to play next and who am I going to be working with. It's like opening a present.
- I played the Marilyn Monroe role of "Loco" in How to Marry a Millionaire (1957), though I didn't consider myself as that kind of actress, I approached the role more as a character.
- Every New Year's I resolve to have a better year than I had before.
- If gentlemen prefer blondes then I'm a blonde that prefers gentlemen.
- Out of all the actors I have worked with, I love working with Larry Hagman the most. We were very close and it was just a wonderful time.
The Career of Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden is an American actress known for her great memoir and her work on one of the most successful television series ever made, ‘I Dream of Jeannie.’ Her long and storied career is peppered with various movie roles, guest-starring television appearances and Broadway performances. Her legacy is secure as one of the most charismatic actresses of her generation.
Early Life and Education
Barbara Jean Morehead, who later became known as Barbara Eden, was born on August 23, 1931, in Tucson, Arizona. She moved to San Francisco with her mother, Alice, after her parents divorced when she was young. Eden’s journey in arts started when she would sing at nightclubs and was often backed by her mother. Eden’s career took off after becoming a member of Equity at the age of sixteen and studying singing. Her pageantry skills earned her success in contests such as being crowned Miss San Francisco and competing in the Miss California pageant.
Barbara Eden landed her first television appearance by appearing on ‘The Johnny Carson Show’ in 1955. In the following years, she appeared in shows like ‘The West Point Story,’ ‘Highway Patrol,’ ‘Private Secretary,’ ‘I Love Lucy,’ and many others. She continued guest-starring on different shows even when she was working on ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ throughout the 60s, like ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘Perry Mason.’
Eden’s first movie appearances opposite Elvis Presley in ‘Flaming Star’ in 196 brought her mainstream recognition. She transitioned later to 20th Century Fox and would become a contract player for several years. There, she appeared in movies such as ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm,’ and ‘Five Weeks in a Balloon.’ Improving her skills, she finally booked her first leading role in the film ‘A Private’s Affair’.
I Dream of Jeannie
Barbara Eden is most notably recognized for her work on the 1965-’70 television series ‘I Dream of Jeannie.’ Created by Sidney Sheldon, Eden plays the character of a beautiful genie that was locked in a bottle for 2,000 years before being set free by an astronaut Tony Nelson. The character became so a cultural phenomenon that even today, countless fans still re-watch the series. For her star-making turn, Eden won many admirers. So much so that her likeness was even depicted as a Barbie doll/toy. As the ditzy genie, she became one of TV’s most popular talents.
Despite her success in ‘I Dream Of Jeannie, Barbara continued to work even after the show ended in 197. She starred alongside Groucho Marx and Harry Morgan in a short-lived television comedy series and then starred in numerous motion pictures and guest appearances on television. Her notable film appearances include The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grim and Harper Valley PTA. Additionally, she showcased her singing abilities during various productions all over America.
What is Barbara Eden’s Net Worth?
The breakout star for ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ has left Barbara’s net worth estimated to be around $10 million. Barbara Eden also expanded her career as an author, signing copies of her memoir ‘Jeannie Out of the Bottle’ at bookstores all over America since it released in 2011..
Achievements of Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, which she earned in 1988. During her illustrious career, she also bagged numerous awards, including a ‘Golden Globe nomination’ for her performance on ‘I Dream of Jeannie.’Outside of her acting career, she has been very active in numerous charitable organizations, including Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Winding It Up
In concluding this overview of Barbara Eden’s life and career, fans of the actress can relive her fantastic performances not only in “I Dream of Jeannie,’ but by watching some of her notable appearances on shows like ‘Perry Mason,’ which can be viewed today for free. With all that she has done, it is easy to see why Barbara Eden has become one the most beloved American television personalities of all time.
Interesting Facts about Barbara Eden
- The presence of her belly-button on I Dream of Jeannie (1965) was a non-issue until its existence was questioned, playfully, by columnist Mike Connolly. When Laugh-In (1967) producer George Schlatter decided to premiere it on his show, NBC issued a "No Navel Edict".
- Her parents divorced when she was three and her mother Alice later married Harrison Connor Huffman.
- Although she was born Barbara Jean Morehead, she took her stepfather's last name of Huffman when her mother Alice remarried.
- In addition to playing Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie (1965), she also played Jeannie's "evil twin" sister, Jeannie II. The two were opposite in every conceivable respect, from personality (good/evil) to hair color (blonde/black).
- Her mother, Alice Huffman, was born on August 13, 1915. Barbara and her mother were very close. After her mother developed lung cancer, Barbara took care of her until she died on November 14, 1986 at 71.
- Son was Matthew Ansara (b. 29 August 1965 - d. 25 June 2001).
- Graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, CA, in 1949.
- Shortly after shooting began on the pilot episode for I Dream of Jeannie (1965), it was learned that she was pregnant. Director Gene Nelson invented a shot he playfully called the "ATB" ("Above the Baby"). "Sometimes," he stated, "We'd have to follow Jeannie's arm across the room".
- On Monday, June 25, 2001, her son Matthew Ansara (with first husband Michael Ansara) died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 35. His body was found in his car in a parking lot off a freeway in Los Angeles, California.
- Barbara's last name was changed from "Huffman" to "Eden" by her first agent.
- She was inducted into the California Broadcasting Hall of Fame in a special ceremony July 18, 2003.
- She did a screen test in May, 1960 for State Fair (1962).
- She had a nightclub act for a while after I Dream of Jeannie (1965). She was actually a talented singer, and she performed various kinds of songs in her act.
- Gene Schwam is her friend and manager.
- Aunt of Katherine Fugate. Barbara is godmother of Katherine's daughter, Madeleine Barbara Fugate.
- Has a younger sister, Alison Scanlon, who is 12 years younger.
- Ex-mother-in-law of Julie Ansara.
- She and third husband Jon Eicholtz were married in 1991 in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral Church, which Barbara attended as a child.
- As a child she had to wear glasses, an eye patch and pigtails. Because of this, she became very shy. To help overcome her shyness her mother enrolled her in singing classes.
- Miss San Francisco of 1951.