Updated: September 13, 2021
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Barbara Eden - Biography
Born: 8/22/1934 - Tucson, AZ An Arizona native, actress Barbara Eden was three years
old when her family moved to San Francisco, where as a teenager she plunged into acting
and singing classes at San Francisco State College's Conservatory of Music. After briefly
working as a band singer, Eden took up residence at Hollywood's Studio Club, an
inexpensive rooming house for aspiring actresses.
Other Studio Club residents would note in later years that Eden would look at the club's
bulletin board and apply for every show business job available, even those that she was
advised would "ruin" her career. Persistence paid off, and in 1956 Eden made her film
debut in Back from Eternity. She worked steadily in television, finally attaining
leading-lady status on the 1958 sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire, in which she played a
myopic "Marilyn Monroe" type golddigger.
Good film and TV roles followed for the lovely blonde actress, and full stardom arrived
with the NBC comedy series I Dream of Jeannie. Eden played the curvaceous bottle imp from
1965-70, reviving the character in a brace of TV movies, the last one produced in 1991.
Eden's post-Jeannie career has included several films, TV guest star appearances, theatrical
and nightclub engagements, and still another sitcom, 1981's Harper Valley P.T.A. - Hal Erickson, Rovi.