Barbara Eden


Barbara Eden Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Barbara, when cast as the dumb blonde in TV's How to Marry a Millionaire, modeled her performance after her pet poodle whose emotions, she says, were also "all on the surface."

    • Barbara was told that she was pregnant the day I Dream of Jeannie was picked up by NBC.

    • Barbara was pregnant during the first season of I Dream of Jeannie. They hid it with veils through most of the season, along with frequent "above the belly" shots.

    • Barbara made a surprising appearance as Jeannie at the very end of "A Very Brady Sequel," which filmed in 1996.

    • Barbara received a Doctor of Law degree in the spring of 1990 from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.

    • Barbara was pregnant with a second child from Michael Ansara, her first husband, but the child died in her womb after 7 1/2 months.

    • Barbara's role on How to Marry a Millionaire was the same role that Marilyn Monroe played in the film version of the show.

    • Barbara is also a talented singer, and has been a musical guest star in over 50 variety TV shows, including 21 Bob Hope specials.

    • Barbara has a collection of elephant figurines, which she started around the time she was starring in I Dream of Jeannie. The elephants are mostly crystal and ceramic.

    • Barbara had a vision problem as a child and had to wear an eye patch for a time.

    • Barbara Eden wrote an autobiography, Barbara Eden: My Story, which was published in October 1989.

    • Barbara has been nominated for two Golden Globes, both for her role in I Dream of Jeannie: "Best Actress in a Television Series" in 1966 and "Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy" in 1969.

    • Barbara released an album entitled Miss Barbara Eden in 1967, under the record label Dot Records.

    • Barbara's last name changed from Moorhead to Huffman when her mother re-married, then from Huffman to Eden after Barbara signed with her first agent.

    • Barbara is involved with the PRISM awards, which advocate the accurate depiction of drugs and substance abuse in the entertainment industry.

    • Barbara's only child, Matthew Ansara, died on June 25th, 2001 of a heroin overdose.

    • Barbara was forced to conceal her navel while playing the part of Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie because NBC executives thought it indecent to expose it on television.

    • Barbara has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 7003 Hollywood Blvd.

  • Quotes

    • Barbara: I didn't know I was compared to Elizabeth Montgomery, but I think that I'm in very good company with her.

    • Barbara: Out of all the actors I have worked with, I love working with Larry Hagman the most. We were very close and it was just a wonderful time.

    • Barbara: I've never stopped working. If you're active, you can appreciate what you did in the past, you don't feel like it's gone.

    • Barbara: I played the Marilyn Monroe role of 'Loco' in "How to Marry a Millionaire," though I didn't consider myself as that kind of actress. I approached the role more as a character.