Barbara Eden has worked in movies, theater and on various TV shows, but she's best known for her portrayal of a fun-loving, mischief-making though subservient genie in the 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie.”
In 1950s and early '60s, Eden had a number of guest appearances on TV series, including “I Love Lucy,” “Perry Mason” and “Gunsmoke,” as well as a role in the 1961 science-fiction film “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”
From 1965 to 1970, she starred as a genie rescued by an astronaut (Larry Hagman) in “I Dream of Jeannie,” a show that had moderate ratings success during its original run but became a TV staple in syndication.
“Jeannie could have been played a different way,” Eden told The Times in 1985, “but I always felt she was a tomboy. She was full of fun and had a good sense of humor. And she certainly had a mind of her own.”
Her post-“Jeannie” career included stints in the theater, singing, roles on the TV shows ”Harper Valley PTA” and “Dallas,” as well as reprising the Jeannie character for reunions and commercials.
Eden has been married three times, including to actor Michael Ansara from 1958 to 1974, with whom she had a son. Matthew Michael Ansara died of an overdose in 2001.
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