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Barbara Eden Height 5' 3" Born August 23 1934 in Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Barbara Eden: Precocious, Born Barbara
Jean Morehead, in 1934, 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 TV
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 pink 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 TV 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 TV 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.
Jon Eicholtz (5 January 1991 - present)
Charles Donald Fegert (11 September 1977 - 1983) (divorced)
Michael Ansara (17 January 1958 - 25 May 1974) (divorced) 1 child
She was not allowed to show her belly button on "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) because of NBC's "No Navel Edict".
Her parents divorced when she was 3 and her mother Alice later married Harrison Connor Huffman.
Although she was born Barbara Jean Moorhead, she took her stepfather's last name of Huffman when her mother Alice remarried.
Also played Jeannie's sister in "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965).
Mother, Alice Huffman (b. 13 August 1915). Barbara and her mother were very close. After her mother developed lung cancer, Barbara took care of her until she died on November 12, 1986.
Step-father, Harrison Connor Huffman (b. 19 November 1907)
Son, Matthew Ansara, (b. 29 August 1965).
Graduated in 1949 Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco.
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".
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. [25 June 2001]
Barbara's last name was changed from "Huffman" to "Eden" by her first agent.
Measurements: 36B/C-24-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
She was inducted into the California Broadcasting Hall Of Fame in a special ceremony July 18, 2003
Her husband, Jon Eicholtz, celebrates his birthday on August 3
She did a screen test in May, 1960 for State Fair (1962).
After "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) she had a nightclub act for a while. She was actually a talented singer, and she performed various kinds of songs in her act.
She's directly descended from American founding father Benjamin Franklin.
Aunt of Katherine Fugate.
Has a younger sister, Alison Scanlon, who is 12 years younger.
Ex-mother-in-law of Julie Ansara.
Barbara and her husband, Jon Eicholtz, were married in 1991 in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral, where 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 had Barbara get singing lessons.
Miss San Francisco of 1951.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lucille Ball became her mentor and wanted to put Barbara under contract, Barbara signed with 20th Century Fox, instead.
Her grandfather, Charles Benjamin Franklin, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1870.
Her father, Hubert Henry Moorhead, was born April 17, 1911 in Leesburg, Ohio and died March 18, 1974 in Los Angeles, California.
Her grandmother, Frances Elvira O'Leary Franklin, was born in 1879 in Galena, Nevada.
Although she was born Barbara Jean Moorhead she began using the name Barbara Jean Huffman in 1945 and then became Barbara Eden in 1956.
When her son Matthew Ansara was 19 months old she brought him on stage and sang to him while co-hosting The Mike Douglas Show.
Her aunt Marjorie Franklin Shumaker and uncle Grandvell Moore Shumaker had 2 children, Patricia and Katherine.
Niece Mary Michelle Scanlon, born January 18, 1969.
Her uncle Grandvell Moore Shumaker, was born June 1, 1908.
Her aunt Marjorie Franklin Shumaker, was born May 2, 1911, she lived to be 91.
Owns a chocolate Labradoodle named Djinn-Djinn (The dog is named after Jeannie's dog on "I Dream of Jeannie").
Portrayed by Paris Hilton on "American Dreams" (2002).
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.
I've never stopped working. If you're active, you can appreciate what you did in the past, you don't feel like it's gone.
Work makes me feel productive, as though I'm contributing something. I like being productive and feeling productive.
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