Barbara Eden, most known for her role in the popular 60's show "I Dream of Jeannie," was born on August 23rd, 1934 in Tuscon, Arizona. When Barbara was 3, her family moved to San Francisco. Around the same time her mother Alice divorced her father, later re-marrying to Harrison Connor Huffman. Barbara went to high school at Abraham Lincoln High School, where she was a cheerleader. She graduated in 1949. Barbara joined the Actor's Equity at her school when she was 16.
After graduating, Barbara studied acting at the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre and singing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her movie debut was in 1956, when she had an uncredited role in the movie "Back from Eternity." She was "discovered" by FOX Film Director Mark Robson who saw her in a play she was in. Barbara's first leading television role was in the comedy "How to Marry a Millionaire." She met actor Michael Ansara in October, 1957 and went on to marry him on January 17th, 1958.
Barbara was in several movies in the early 60's, including "The Yellow Canary," "Five Weeks in a Balloon," and "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm." On August 29th, 1965, she had her only son, Matthew Ansara, with Michael Ansara. Also in 1965, she attained her most famous role of her career to date, playing Jeannie in the well-known comedy "I Dream of Jeannie," which ran for five seasons, ending in 1970.
After "I Dream of Jeannie" ended, Barbara started to star in several made-for-TV movies. She divorced her first husband in 1972, going on to meet Charles Donald Fegert, her second husband, in 1974. She married him on September 3rd, 1977. In 1981, she starred in another comedy titled "Harper Valley P.T.A.," which only lasted for two seasons. In 1983, Barbara divorced her second husband. She met Jon Trusdale Eicholtz, her current husband, in 1989 and married him on January 5th, 1991. Also in the early 90's, she had several guest appearances on the long-running TV series "Dallas."
Barbara has reprised her famous role of "Jeannie" several times since the show ended, and still makes television appearances, along with occasional appearances at award shows and other events. … Expand
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