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CWMM – Barbara Eden

In this episode, Extra host Maria Menounos sits down with Hollywood legend Barbara Eden. Barbara Eden was 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 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 black 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 television 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 television in “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1957) and after “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965)’s successful five year run from 1965 to 1970, she starred in “Harper Valley P.T.A.” (1981) (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, born August 29, 1965. She married Charles Donald Fegert on September 3, 1977, and divorced him in 1983. She married her current husband, Jon Eicholtz, in January 1991.

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CWMM – Barbara Eden

1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (96% score)
  1. Mario Della Casa08-21-2013

    Few mistakes in your report Maria, This is Mario A.C. Della Casa, I am the artist best known for the Jeannie Bottle and the owner of so I can tell you that the bottle he found on the beach was not Pink, it was Black with Golden Vine leaves and then when it turned to color episodes it was a Purple bottle and a Mulberry bottle :-)

  2. MarissaStoneMusic08-23-2013

    Love this!! :) You are fabulous Maria!

  3. Denise Lopez08-24-2013

    Aww I love her!!! Great interview!

  4. GregoriousGregori908-26-2013

    Actually Kate Hep was Bisexual… (( She was out to some.. but not everyone )) So it may have just been a case of not finding Barb attractive

  5. GregoriousGregori908-26-2013

    Such an amazing way to spend an hour. You have a very personable & warm interview style. It really works when you just make it a conversation with a friend & not simply a subject you’re talking toThank you for this

  6. GregoriousGregori908-26-2013

    Would LOVE to see her on 2 Broke Girls.She would be awesome as Max’s long absent Mother.

  7. Zandra Sotoborja08-26-2013

    fantastic sweet

  8. shoepmr10-03-2013

    Miss Eden is the most beautiful woman in television history!

  9. TheOneTrueKaliban10-30-2013

    If I’d heard that schmuck tell her to “go home and marry the boy next door” I’d have moved to San Fransisco and BOUGHT the next house over!

  10. Daniel Peter Raimondi11-05-2013

    miss menounos has lovely thighs

  11. Daniel Peter Raimondi11-06-2013

    miss menounos has big lovely thighs

  12. MrRJMGREEN12-09-2013

    I love this. It is odd to hear this, because my grandmother knew Ann Sothern (during her overweight years) and they got along famously, and my mother went to school with Tisha Sterling, and they got along famously.

  13. Donnie Lee12-15-2013

    Barbara still looks great,I was glued to the t.v as a kid she was so pretty.

  14. Novar1902-05-2014

    What a sweet ,adorable, gorgeous woman she is ! A truly beloved star!

  15. 1GodOnlyOne02-10-2014

    Wow — even at age 83, she is still GORGEOUS — what an amazing woman!

  16. odrefeg ogenoblog04-07-2014

    I adored her, but she deceived me deeply for her political conservative
    orientation: she’s Republican and she loved Margaret Thatcher! I could not
    believe a such intelligent and sweet woman was not a Democrat! She stopped
    to be my idol!

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