Aug. 23rd, 1934
Tucson, Arizona, USA
5' 3 3/4"
Barbara Eden's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1996 - A Very Brady Sequel
1964 - 7 Faces of Dr. Lao
1964 - The New Interns
1964 - Ride the Wild Surf
1962 - Five Weeks in a Balloon
1962 - The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
1961 - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
1960 - From the Terrace
1960 - Flaming Star
1957 - Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
1956 - Back from Eternity
Guest TV Roles
Lee Ann De La Vega
Great Aunt Irma
Herself - Interviewee
Patricia 'Patty' Robbins
Born Barbara Jean Morehead, in 1934, in Tucson, Arizona. Eden was a cheerleader in high school and a pop singer as a teenager. She graduated in 1949 from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California. Eden is most indelibly associated with her role as the genie in the bottle in the long-running TV sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965), co-starring Larry Hagman. In "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965), Major Anthony Nelson (Hagman) is a NASA astronaut who finds a decorative pink bottle on a desert island after he splashes down in the ocean. The bottle has a beautiful blond genie in it (Eden), who immediately assumes that Nelson is her master. He brings her home to live in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In each episode, the forbidden use of Jeannie's well-meaning mystical powers alters reality in some wacky way that must be carefully explained away by Nelson. No other person knows of Jeannie's existence except for Nelson's bumbling friend, Major Roger Healey. Together, they conspire to keep her secret from everyone else, especially from Nelson's commanding officers at NASA. The sitcom gained a cult following, and Eden still appears from time to time in commercials and cameos that poke gentle fun at her former role. Before focusing on a TV career, Eden had parts in a series of unremarkable films in the 1950s and 1960s. Her first film role was in Back from Eternity (1956). In 1957, she starred on TV in "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1957) and after "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965)'s successful five year run from 1965 to 1970, she starred in "Harper Valley P.T.A." (1981) (1981-82). She published her autobiography, Barbara Eden: My Story, in October 1986. In 1997, Columbia announced plans to produce a big-screen episode of I Dream of Jeannie. Eden was slated to make a cameo appearance as the new Jeannie's aunt. The film, originally scheduled for 1998, has not yet been produced. Eden married first husband Michael Ansara in 1958 and divorced him in 1972. The couple had a son, Matthew Ansara, born August 29, 1965. She married Charles Donald Fegert on September 3, 1977, and divorced him in 1983. She married her current husband, Jon Eicholtz, in January 1991.
- She's directly descended from American founding father Benjamin Franklin.
- She was not allowed to show her belly button on _"I Dream of Jeannie" (1965)_ (qv) because of NBC's "No Navel Edict".
- After _"I Dream of Jeannie" (1965)_ (qv) she had a nightclub act for a while. She was actually a talented singer, and she performed various kinds of songs in her act.
- Her aunt Marjorie Franklin Shumaker and uncle Grandvell Moore Shumaker had 2 children, Patricia and Katherine.
- Niece Mary Michelle Scanlon, born January 18, 1969.
- Barbara and her husband, Jon Eicholtz, were married in 1991 in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral, where Barbara attended as a child.
- Her husband, Jon Eicholtz, celebrates his birthday on August 3
- Measurements: 36B/C-24-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)