Where Is She Now: Barbara Eden (Actress) as Jeanie - I Dream of Jeanie.
Name: Barbara Eden
Birth Name: Barbara Jean Moorhead
Born: August 23, 1934 in Tucson, Arizona
Claim To Fame: Who doesn't know Barbara as Jeanie from 'I Dream of Jeanie'? This was the role that got her known to all of us.
Family Life: Jon Eicholtz - January 1991 - present
Charles Donald Fegert - September 1977 - 1983 (divorced)
Michael Ansara - January 1958 - May 1974 (divorced)
Info: In the mid-1950s, Twentieth Century Fox signed Eden to a studio contract, and
she appeared in a string of movies opposite such heartthrobs as Elvis Presley
and Paul Newman.
In 1957, Eden was cast in the TV adaptation of "How to Marry a Millionaire"; she
played the part Marilyn Monroe had in the movie version. The actress' biggest
break came in 1964, when her agent sent her the script for "I Dream of Jeannie"
and she was offered the lead role of the wacky, wonderful genie. That same year,
she and her then-husband, actor Michael Ansara, were expecting a child, and in
August 1965, Matthew was born.
1970 her show was cancelled, and she endured yet another disappointment when she
learned that her second baby had died in her womb at seven-and-a-half months.
Barbara's marriage dissolved under the strain of that trauma. Soon afterward
she married her second husband, a newspaper executive from Chicago, but they
Things began looking up for Barbara again in the '80s, when she worked steadily
on a variety of television projects and met her current husband, real estate
developer Jon Eicholtz.
Barbara's relentless work ethic is what has sustained her during her rough
times, including the roughest of them all: the death of her son in 2001 from a
Trivia: She was not allowed to show her belly button on "I Dream of
Jeannie" (1965) because of NBC's "No Navel Edict".
Crowned: "Miss San Francisco" in 1951
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).
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".
Barbara's last name was changed from "Huffman" to "Eden" by her first agent.
In 1997, Columbia announced plans to produce a big-screen version of "I Dream of
Jeannie," but the movie has yet to be made. There has been talk that Paris
Hilton will take the role. Just this year, Paris played Barbara in an episode of
Where Is She Now: Touring the country in a female edition of the Neil Simon play 'The Odd
She also turned up in a spoof production of "Desperate Housewives." In the
sketch Barbara plays the role of Nicollette Sheridan's Edie.
in the past few years she has been on several episodes of 'Sabrina The Teenage
Write To Barbara Eden:
Post Office Box 5556
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
c/o Scott Stander & Associates, Inc.
13701 Riverside Drive #201
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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