Who is Barbara Eden?
Barbara Jean Morehead was born on 23 August 1931, in Tucson, Arizona USA, and is an actress as well as a singer, best known for being the star of the sitcom entitled “I Dream of Jeannie” inwhich she plays the titular character.
Early Life and Education
Barbara’s parents divorced when she was young, and she later moved with her mother to San Francisco where her mother would remarry to a telephone lineman, so she grew up with a younger half-sister, in a family greatly affected by The Great Depression. It was during this time that she was taught by her mother how to sing, and during her teens she sang in local bands to supplement the family income. At the age of 16, she became a member of Actor’s Equity. After matriculating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1949, she enrolled for theatre classes at the City College of San Francisco and stayed there for a year. She also took singing lessons at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and acting classes at the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre. During her time at City College, she was elected Miss San Francisco, and also entered the Miss California pageant. Her first television role would come in 1956, when she became a semi-regular on “The Johnny Carson Show”.
#ThrowbackThursday! This fun and very rare shot of Barbara comes from the archives of promotional photos for I Dream…
Television and Film Work
More projects started to come Eden’s way, including “The West Point Story”, “I Love Lucy”, “The Andy Griffith Show”, “Perry Mason”, as well as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”. She later starred in the television series “How to Marry a Millionaire” which is based on the film of the same name, then after starring in a play with James Drury, she caught the attention of filmmakers who cast her in “From The Terrace”. She was later given a contract by 20th Century Fox, leading to minor roles in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” and “The Wayward Girl”, then starred opposite Barry Coe and Gary Crosby in “A Private’s Affair”. In 1960, she co-starred with Elvis Presley in “Flaming Star”.
The following year, she had a supporting role in “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, before starring in “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”. Two years later, she became a part of the production of “Five Weeks in a Balloon”, before getting the lead role in the comedy “Swingin’ Along”. Her last film with 20th Century Fox was in “The Yellow Canary”, then made guest appearances for other studios such as Universal, MGM, and Columbia.
— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) August 23, 2015
I Dream of Jeannie and Later Career
In 1965, Barbara was signed to star in the sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie”, in which she played the role of the beautiful genie Jeannie, set free from her bottle by astronaut Anthony “Tony” Nelson played by Larry Hagman, staying with the show for five years and 139 episodes, which considerably enhanced her net worth as well as her professional standing. She then started working on other television projects, including “The Stranger Within” and “Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model?”, and starred in the feature film “Harper Valley PTA”, which led to a television series in 1981.
Her work continued throughout the next few decades, leading her to perform in various theatrical productions including “Woman of the Year”, “Nite Club Confidential”, “The Odd Couple…The Female Version” and “the Sound of Music”. In the 2000s, she appeared in productions such as “Love Letters”, leading to a guest starring role in the televisions series “Army Wives”. A few of her recent projects include the television movie “Always and Forever”, and the 2013 film “One Song”. She has also done voice work in her later career, particularly for the series “Shimmer and Shine” playing the role of Empress Caliana.
For her personal life, it is known that Eden has married three times, firstly to actor Michael Ansara from 1958 to 1974, and they had a son together. Three years later she married Charles Fegeret, but they divorced in 1982. Her third marriage is to Jon Eicholtz, since 1991. Eden released a memoir entitled “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” in 2011, detailing most of her career and personal life. She even talks about the death of her only child. She received a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for her contribution to television.
The Riches of Barbara Eden
How rich is Barbara Eden? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $10 million, earned through a successful career in the acting industry. She also worked on numerous films throughout her career, but now appears only in guest roles and chat shows, which may add to her wealth.