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DREAM of JEANNIE
The series was created by Sidney Sheldon and made its debut on NBC on
September 8, 1965 and ran until September 1, 1970 after 139 half hour episodes.
The show centers around the mishaps and misadventures of astronaut Anthony
Nelson (Larry Hagman) and a genie named Jeannie (Barbara Eden). Nelson
discovers Jeannie in a bottle on a desert island during an aborted space
mission. He keeps her (or she keeps him) - but he wants to suppress her
magical powers and keep her true identity hidden from the human race.
Barbara Eden was born Barbara Jean Moorhead. She only lived in her birthplace for a short time. She moved to San Francisco when her parents divorced. As a child, Barbara performed in many plays, When she was in her teenage years, she began singing in nightclubs, but she soon found that that wasn't the life she wanted to pursue. So, her next move was to Hollywood.
Eden's TV career began with several guest roles on 1950s shows, including
"West Point", "Perry Mason" and "Father Knows Best". In 1958 she got married
to actor Michael Ansara and in the same year she had her first regular
role on "How to Marry a Millionaire". After the show finished in 1959,
she went back to guest appearances in different series.
(born on the 23rd August 1934 in Tucson AZ)
In 1965, Barbara became pregnant with her first son, Matthew. Also that year, "I Dream of Jeannie" began filming. They had to film quickly, so Barbara wouldn't have to take off time in the middle of the season.
When 1970 came and "I Dream of Jeannie" shot it's last blink, things didn't go well for Barbara. In 1971, she became pregnant but lost her baby at seven months. After that, Barbara acted every chance she got. That same year, Ansara and she broke up and were divorced in 1972.
Since this turbulent time her life has become more stable and she still makes many television and movie appearances, including "I Still Dream of Jeannie" in 1991.