Updated: July 30, 2012
I DREAM OF JEANNIE PHOTO GALLERY #04
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
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.