Barbara Eden (born Barbara Jean Morehead on August 23, 1934 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American film and television actress and singer who is best known for her starring role in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Eden graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco in 1949, and was elected Miss San Francisco, 1951. She became Barbara Jean Huffman when her mother remarried, and then changed from "Huffman" to "Eden" at the behest of her manager, who thought the name Huffman would not sell in Hollywood. Eden agreed to change her last name, but insisted on keeping her first name, stating that she could not answer to anything else.
Eden had a notable part in Flaming Star (1960), an Elvis Presley movie. The following year, she played in a supporting role as Lt. Cathy Connors in Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, one of many successful science fiction outings by the so-called "Master of Disaster." She played supporting roles in films over the next few years, including The Brass Bottle and the notable, if odd, movie 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, both with Tony Randall. Then she was signed to play her most famous and widely-recognized role, the character of a genie in a bottle rescued by an astronaut in the long-running television sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
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