Barbara Eden

Actress


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In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, actress Barbara Eden chronicles her start in television and her work as a guest on such early television series as 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. 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 in Beverly Hills, CA on April 25, 2000.

"The most interesting person on screen is someone who's different." 

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance" (airdate: April 22, 1957)
Barbara Eden on the craft of acting
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years growing up in Arizona and deciding to be a performer
On her first series televsion role on How to Marry a Millionaire
On her guest appearances on I Love Lucy,  Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Andy Griffith Show , and Dr. Kildare

Chapter 2

On guest appearances on various dramatic series, 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 and her interpretation of the character
On working with Sidney Sheldon, and co-stars Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Roarke and others
On filming the pilot of I Dream of Jeannie, the "rules" for Jeannie, and the unseen belly button "controversy"

Chapter 3

On the "belly button controversy" on I Dream of Jeannie, how the special effects were done, and the look of the sets
On a typical workweek on I Dream of Jeannie,  memorable episodes and guests, and the show's cancellation
On reprising her role as Jeannie years later; and her work in TV movies

Chapter 4

On some of her TV movie work including The Feminist and the Fuz z, The Stranger Within, Stone Street , and How to Break Up a Happy Divorce
On her role in the feature film and series, Harper Valley PTA
On her work in the TV movies The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick and Brand New Life
On joining the cast of Dallas
On touring with Bob Hope for his USO specials

Chapter 5

On current projects, the craft of acting, and how she would like to be remembered
Shows

Andy Griffith Show, The

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Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show

Bob Hope Specials

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope for the Bob Hope Specials

Burke's Law

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Barbara Eden on working with Aaron Spelling on Burke's Law

Dallas

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Barbara Eden on joining the cast of Dallas

Dr. Kildare

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Barbara Eden on guest starring on the Dr. Kildare episode "If You Can't Believe the Truth" (airdate: October 10, 1963)

Gunsmoke

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Barbara Eden on one of her first TV jobs on Gunsmoke

Harper Valley PTA

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Barbara Eden in her role in the feature film and subsequnt series, Harper Valley PTA

How to Marry a Millionaire

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Barbara Eden on her first series role in How to Marry a Millionaire

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
Barbara Eden on working with Sidney Sheldon, and co-stars Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Roarke and others on I Dream of Jeannie
Barbara Eden on filming the pilot of I Dream of Jeannie, the "rules" for Jeannie, and the unseen belly button "controversy"
Barbara Eden on the "belly button controversy" on I Dream of Jeannie
Barbara Eden on how special effects were done and the look of the sets on I Dream of Jeannie
Barbara Eden on a typical workweek on I Dream of Jeannie,  memorable episodes and guests, and the show's cancellation
Barbara Eden on the impact of I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie… 15 Years Later

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Barbara Eden on reprising her role as Jeannie 

I Love Lucy

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Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance" (airdate: April 22, 1957)

Rawhide

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Barbara Eden on guest starring on Rawhide
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Barbara Eden on the "belly button controversy" on I Dream of Jeannie

Characters & Catchphrases

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Barbara Eden on her interpretation of "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie

Gulf War

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

Women

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Barbara Eden on criticism of  "Jeannie" on I Dream of Jeannie
Professions

Actress

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Barbara Eden on one of her first TV jobs on Gunsmoke
Barbara Eden on the craft of acting
People

Lucille Ball

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Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance" (airdate: April 22, 1957)

Bill Daily

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Barbara Eden on working with I Dream of Jeannie co-star Bill Daily 

Clint Eastwood

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Barbara Eden on guest starring on Rawhide

Andy Griffith

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Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show

Larry Hagman

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Barbara Eden on working with I Dream of Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman 

Bob Hope

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Barbara Eden on touring with Bob Hope for the Bob Hope Specials

Don Knotts

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Barbara Eden on guesting on The Andy Griffith Show

Irma Kusely

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Barbara Eden on her guest appearance on the I Love Lucy episode "Country Club Dance" (airdate: April 22, 1957)

Don Rickles

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

George Schlatter

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Barbara Eden on the "belly button controversy" on I Dream of Jeannie

Sidney Sheldon

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

Aaron Spelling

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Barbara Eden on working with Aaron Spelling on Burke's Law

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