Barbara Eden

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Barbara Eden chronicles her start in television and her work on early television series including I Love Lucy. She discusses her first regular series role as "Loco Jones" in How to Marry a Millionaire. She then goes on to talk about her starring roles in I Dream of Jeannie and Harper Valley PTA. She speaks of reuniting with Larry Hagman for a six-episode stint on Dallas, and with Bill Daily in two I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies. Eden also discusses some of the many made-for-television movies she appeared in, as well as her then-current career plans. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview on April 25, 2000 in Beverly Hills, CA.

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Highlights
Barbara Eden on changing her name to "Barbara Eden"
00:52
Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance"
02:57
Barbara Eden getting the role of "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie and her interpretation of the character
06:13
Barbara Eden on the perceived anti-feminist aspects of I Dream of Jeannie
01:27
Barbara Eden on her role in the feature film and series Harper Valley PTA
07:09
Barbara Eden on joining the cast of Dallas and reuniting with Larry Hagman
02:14
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Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on choosing to go to Los Angeles to start her performing career; on her first series role, in How to Marry a Millionaire
On her first series televsion role, on How to Marry a Millionaire; on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance"; on guest-starring on various series; on the trajectory of her career, and on starring in the feature film "The Brass Bottle"

Chapter 2

On guest appearances on various dramatic series; on her feature film roles including "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and working with producer Irwin Allen
On getting the role of "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie: on playing "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie
On working with Sidney Sheldon, and co-stars Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Roarke, and others on I Dream of Jeannie
On filming the pilot of I Dream of Jeannie; on the "rules" for "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie; on the belly button "controversy"

Chapter 3

On the belly button controversy on I Dream of Jeannie; on how special effects were done and the look of the sets on I Dream of Jeannie; on a typical workweek on I Dream of Jeannie
On memorable episodes of I Dream of Jeannie; on Don Rickles and Bob Denver guest-starring on I Dream of Jeannie
On "Tony Nelson" and "Jeannie" getting married on I Dream of Jeannie, and on the end of the show; on starring in various made-for-television movies

Chapter 4

On some of her TV movie work including The Feminist and the Fuzz, The Stranger Within, Stone Street, and How to Break Up a Happy Divorce; on her role in the feature film and subsequent series Harper Valley PTA
On taking on the role of producer for made-for-television movies; on starring in Brand New Life; on joining the cast of Dallas and reuniting with Larry Hagman
On touring with Bob Hope for the Bob Hope Specials

Chapter 5

On hosting Championship Ballroom Dancing; on then-current projects; on the craft of acting
On the impact of I Dream of Jeannie; on her fan mail
On her mentor; on how she would like to be remembered
On b-roll pictures from her career- "Jeannie's" bottle from I Dream of Jeannie; with the cast of I Dream of Jeannie; as "Jeannie" in I Dream of Jeannie; on the set of Kismet; with Tim Conway; with Bob Hope
Shows

Andy Griffith Show, The

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Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show
01:13

Bob Hope Specials

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope for the Bob Hope Specials
07:13

Burke's Law

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Barbara Eden on working on Burke's Law
01:22

Dallas

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Barbara Eden on joining the cast of Dallas and reuniting with Larry Hagman
02:14

Dr. Kildare

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Barbara Eden on guest-starring on the Dr. Kildare episode "If You Can't Believe the Truth"
02:12

Gunsmoke

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Barbara Eden on one of her first television jobs, on Gunsmoke
00:58

Harper Valley PTA

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Barbara Eden in her role in the feature film and subsequent series Harper Valley PTA
07:08

How to Marry a Millionaire

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Barbara Eden on her first series role, in How to Marry a Millionaire
05:54

I Dream of Jeannie

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Barbara Eden getting the role of "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie and her interpretation of the character
06:13
Barbara Eden on working with Sidney Sheldon, and co-stars Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Roarke, and others on I Dream of Jeannie
06:11
Barbara Eden on filming the pilot of I Dream of Jeannie
03:52
Barbara Eden on the "rules" for "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie
00:39
Barbara Eden on playing "Jeannie's" sister on I Dream of Jeannie
00:40
Barbara Eden on the perceived anti-feminist aspects of I Dream of Jeannie
01:27
Barbara Eden on the controversy over showing her belly button on I Dream of Jeannie
01:09
Barbara Eden on the belly button controversy on I Dream of Jeannie
02:12
Barbara Eden on how special effects were done and the look of the sets on I Dream of Jeannie
08:01
Barbara Eden on a typical workweek on I Dream of Jeannie
01:46
Barbara Eden on memorable episodes of I Dream of Jeannie
07:52
Barbara Eden on Don Rickles and Bob Denver guest-starring on I Dream of Jeannie
01:18
Barbara Eden on "Tony Nelson" and "Jeannie" getting married on I Dream of Jeannie, and on the end of the show
02:51
Barbara Eden on the impact of I Dream of Jeannie
01:40

I Dream of Jeannie… 15 Years Later

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Barbara Eden on reprising her role as "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie… 15 Years Later and I Still Dream of Jeannie
03:03

I Love Lucy

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Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance"
02:57

Perry Mason

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Barbara Eden on guest-starring on Perry Mason
00:43

Rawhide

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Barbara Eden on guest-starring on Rawhide with Clint Eastwood
01:46

Route 66

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Barbara Eden on guest-starring on Route 66 and The Virginian
01:03
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Barbara Eden on the controversy over showing her belly button on I Dream of Jeannie
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Barbara Eden on the belly button controversy on I Dream of Jeannie
02:14

Characters & Catchphrases

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Barbara Eden getting the role of "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie and her interpretation of the character
06:13

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Barbara Eden on her mentor
01:18

Gulf War

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope's USO tour in the Persian Gulf
01:34

Historic Events and Social Change

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Barbara Eden on the perceived anti-feminist aspects of I Dream of Jeannie
01:27
Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope's USO tour in the Persian Gulf
01:35

Pivotal Career Moments

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Barbara Eden on her mentor
01:18

Pop Culture

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Barbara Eden getting the role of "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie and her interpretation of the character
06:13

Representation on Television

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Barbara Eden on the perceived anti-feminist aspects of I Dream of Jeannie
01:27

Television Industry

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Barbara Eden on the controversy over showing her belly button on I Dream of Jeannie
01:09
Barbara Eden on the belly button controversy on I Dream of Jeannie
02:14

War

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope's USO tour in the Persian Gulf
01:35

Women

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Barbara Eden on the perceived anti-feminist aspects of I Dream of Jeannie
01:27
Professions

Actress

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Barbara Eden on one of her first TV jobs on Gunsmoke
02:54
Barbara Eden on the craft of acting
04:25

Performers

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Barbara Eden on the craft of acting
04:25
Genres

Comedy Series

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Barbara Eden on her first series role, on How to Marry a Millionaire
05:54
Barbara Eden on her guest appearance I Love Lucy
02:57
Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show
01:15
Barbara Eden on starring on I Dream of Jeannie
21:20
Barbara Eden on starring as "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie
26:34
Barbara Eden in her role in the feature film and subsequent series, Harper Valley PTA
07:08

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Barbara Eden on joining the cast of Dallas
02:14

Legal Dramas

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Barbara Eden on Burke's Law
01:22

Medical Dramas

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Barbara Eden on guest-starring Dr. Kildare
02:12

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope for the Bob Hope Specials
07:15

Western Series

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Barbara Eden on one of her first television jobs, on Gunsmoke
00:58
Barbara Eden on guest-starring on Rawhide
01:48
People

Irwin Allen

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Barbara Eden on starring in the Irwin Allen feature films "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and "Five Weeks in a Balloon", and various other feature films
05:57

Lucille Ball

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Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance"
02:57

Bill Daily

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Barbara Eden on working with I Dream of Jeannie co-star Bill Daily as "Roger Healey"
00:41

Clint Eastwood

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Barbara Eden on guest-starring on Rawhide, starring Clint Eastwood
01:48

Andy Griffith

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Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show
01:12

Larry Hagman

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Barbara Eden on working with I Dream of Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman as "Major Tony Nelson"
01:46
Barbara Eden on reuniting with Larry Hagman for Howling in the Woods, and other made-for-television movies
07:34
Barbara Eden on joining the cast of Dallas and reuniting with Larry Hagman
02:14

Bob Hope

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope for the Bob Hope Specials
07:18

Don Knotts

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Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show and working with Don Knotts
01:12

Don Rickles

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Barbara Eden on Don Rickles' guest appearance on I Dream of Jeannie
00:45

Hayden Rorke

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Barbara Eden on working with Hayden Rorke as "Colonel Alfred E. Bellows" on I Dream of Jeannie
00:26

Sidney Sheldon

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Barbara Eden on working with I Dream of Jeannie creator/producer Sidney Sheldon
01:29

Aaron Spelling

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Barbara Eden on working with Aaron Spelling on Burke's Law
01:22

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