Barbara Eden Biography
Barbara Eden born Barbara Jean Morehead, is an American film, stage, and television actress and singer. She was born on August 23, 1931 in Tucson, Arizona, to Alice Mary and Hubert Henry Morehead. She was raised in San Francisco.
Barbara Eden graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco in the Spring Class of 1949 and studied theater for one year at City College of San Francisco. She was then elected Miss San Francisco, as Barbara Huffman, in 1951. Eden also entered the Miss California pageant.
Her first public performance was singing in the church choir, where she sang the solos. As a teenager, she sang in local bands for $10 a night in night clubs. At age 16, she became a member of Actor’s Equity. She studied singing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and acting with the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre.
Barbara Eden Age
Barbara Eden was born as Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona on August 23, 1931. Her year of birth was thought to be 1934.
Barbara Eden Husband
Barbara resides with her architect/real estate developer husband Jon Eicholtz in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills.
Barbara Eden Children – Barbara Eden Son and his death
In August 1965, her son Matthew was born. Her second pregnancy was a stillbirth, which she had to actually carry full term, even though the fetus was dead. By the time Matthew was 31, he became a dedicated body builder, bulking up, shaving his head and getting movie roles. He started injecting steroids and was found slumped over the steering wheel of his truck. In Matthew’s truck, investigators found small amounts of Heroin, Marijuana, Anabolic steroids and a syringe.He died of a heroin overdose.
Barbara Eden Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $10 million dollars.
Barbara Eden Career
Her “I Dream of Jeannie” NBC Television series, launched in 1965, became an instant hit. The network series ran for five seasons (139 episodes) and has been airing continuously on cable and in syndication in the United States and abroad for over 40 years.
Crown Archetype, a division of Random House, has recently published Barbara’s memoir JEANNIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE, which debuted at number 14 on the New York Times Best Seller List. It is also on Australia’s Best Seller List, published there by HarperCollins, Inc. The autobiography chronicle’s Eden’s colorful life and remarkable Hollywood career that spans more than 50 years.
Barbara filmed a starring role in “Always and Forever,” a movie for the Hallmark Channel, which aired multiple times during 2009. On the road, she hosted productions of “Ballroom with a Twist,” the new groundbreaking show that stars rotating celebrity emcees and dancers from “Dancing with the Stars.” Barbara has also appeared recently in a recurring role in Lifetime’s “Army Wives” TV series; guest-starred on ABC’s “George Lopez”; enacted a recurring role on “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch”; toured nationally in Neil Simon’s female version of “The Odd Couple”; and starred on-stage with Hal Linden and separately with Larry Hagman in “Love Letters” which toured in major cities in the United States. During 2012, Barbara appeared on stage at The New Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri in the play “Social Security,” which had a month long run in Jacksonville Florida in summer of 2014.
During her long career, Barbara has starred in 25 feature films, five network TV series, 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies and headlined at many of the major hotel resorts and casinos including Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. She also was the star attraction at the MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and Harrah’s, as well as on concert stages and in legitimate theaters across the country.
People Magazine named Barbara “One of America’s 200 Greatest Pop Icons of the 20th Century.” She has also been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7003 Hollywood Boulevard near the front of the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; named one of TV Guide’s Most Popular Comedy Stars and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the TV Land Television Network.
To celebrate the 2002 Yuletide season, responding to an invitation from President Bush, Barbara journeyed to Washington D.C. and sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at the annual White House “Lighting of the National Christmas Tree” event where she also hosted the show and pageant with President and Mrs. Bush for an audience of 6,000 cheering fans on the Elipse near the White House.
Barbara has been featured in TV commercials for Old Navy, AT&T, and she introduced the LEXUS SUV, which was later named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine.
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On stage, Barbara toured in the national touring musicals “Sound of Music” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” In the latter production, she played Lorelei Lee, the character created on Broadway by Carol Channing and performed by Marilyn Monroe in the 20th Century Fox film version. She appeared on stage in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Same Time Next Year,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” and the female version of “The Odd Couple.”
Also a movie star, Barbara starred in over 20 feature films at 20th Century Fox, MGM, Columbia Studios, and Universal Studios. Films included “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm,” “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao,” and “Flaming Star,” as Elvis Presley’s leading lady.
Performing for over five decades, Barbara starred on more than 50 variety TV shows including 21 Bob Hope specials. During the Persian Gulf war, she traveled with Hope to the middle-east to perform for the combat troops and then continued on with Hope in a whirlwind eight-day around-the-world USO tour entertaining servicemen during the Christmas season.
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When there is time in her crowded schedule, she works actively on behalf of numerous charities including The Trail of Painted Ponies Breast Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp USA.
Barbara Eden Movies and TV Shows
- Back from Eternity
- Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
- Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
- The Wayward Girl
- A Private’s Affair
- Twelve Hours to Kill
- Flaming Star
- From the Terrace
- Swingin’ Along
- All Hands on Deck
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
- Five Weeks in a Balloon
- The Yellow Canary
- 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
- Quick, Let’s Get Married
- The Brass Bottle
- The New Interns
- Ride the Wild Surf
- The Amazing Dobermans
- Harper Valley PTA
- Chattanooga Choo Choo
- The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal
- A Very Brady Sequel
Barbara Eden Today
Barbara has nearly retired from acting , her Hollywood legacy continues to live on through her most memorable role as a lovable, 2,000-year-old genie named (I Dream of Jeannie )
I Dream Of Jeannie Barbara Eden
American Fantacy Citcom that starred Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. The show originally aired from September 18, 1965 to May 26, 1970 with new episodes, and through September 1970 with season repeats on CNB. The show ran for five seasons and produced 139 episode.
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This is a #MeToo genie’: Barbara Eden responds to criticism ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ was sexist
Updated On: 3rd August
Was I Dream of Jeannie sexist or feminist?
The star of the beloved series I Dream of Jeannie, Barbara Eden, was interviewed Friday on Today by Al Roker. Eden’s character spent five seasons magically catering to the wishes of her master, Tony, an astronaut.
Roker asked, “Do you think today they could do I Dream of Jeannie, because some people said, ‘Oh, this was too sexist or she was subservient?’”
Eden responded, “Of course you could. The sexist or subservient part is so ridiculous. I mean, this is a classical theme. This is a #MeToo genie.”
Some have said the show was sexist, something that Eden has denied before. Others have agreed.
With the recent glut of classic TV shows being rebooted for modern audiences, who knows — we may just see an updated I Dream of Jeannie.
In the end, Eden said she’s happy to be known for her unique character. “I’m proud of her. Isn’t it lucky that I had one character that people remember?”