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Walk of Fame Authentic Autograph card of BARBARA EDEN, from 2011 Leaf Pop Century Trading Cards. The Signature is in Blue Ink, in MINT-NRMT condition. It's card #WF-BE1 within the set, with serial number #3/5.
Barbara Eden (born Barbara Jean Morehead; August 23, 1934) 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 made featured appearances on television shows such as The Johnny Carson Show (as "Barbara Morehead" and "Barbara Huffman"), The West Point Story, Highway Patrol, Private Secretary, I Love Lucy, The Millionaire, Target: The Corruptors!, Crossroads, Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, December Bride, Bachelor Father, Father Knows Best, Adventures in Paradise, The Andy Griffith Show, Cain's Hundred, Saints and Sinners, The Virginian, Slattery's People, The Rogues, and the series finale of Route 66 playing the role of Margo. She guest starred in four episodes of Burke's Law playing different roles each time. She was an uncredited extra in the movie The Tarnished Angels with Rock Hudson, in partnership with 20th Century Fox studios. She then starred in the syndicated comedy How To Marry A Millionaire. Eden's co-stars were Merry Anders, and Lori Nelson. After 39 episodes, Lori Nelson left the show and Lisa Gaye joined Barbara and Merry Anders
from the 40th episode to the final 52nd segment.The show was based on
the movie of the same name about 3 girls looking for millionaires to
Discovery in the Hollywood sense came when she starred in a play with James Drury. Film director Mark Robson, who later directed her in the movie From The Terrace, had come to the play and wanted her for 20th Century Fox studios. Her screen test was the Joanne Woodward role in No Down Payment.
Though she did not get the role, the studio gave her a contract. Eden
did a screen test for the role of Betty Anderson in 1956 for the movie Peyton Place, though Terry Moore got the role. She had minor roles in Bailout At 43,000 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and The Wayward Girl and then became a leading lady in films and starred opposite Gary Crosby Barry Coe and Sal Mineo in A Private's Affair and had a costarring role in Flaming Star (1960), with Elvis Presley.
The following year, she played in a supporting role as Lt. Cathy Connors in Irwin Allen's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, with Frankie Avalon playing the trumpet while she danced in one of many successful science fiction outings by the so called "Master of Disaster." She starred in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm a George Pal-directed Cinerama film for MGM, and another Irwin Allen production for 20th Century Fox Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962). Eden was also the female lead in the 1962 20th Century Fox comedy Swingin' Along, starring the comedy team of Tommy Noonan and Peter Marshall, in their final joint screen appearance. She did a screen test with Andy Williams for the 20th Century Fox movie State Fair, but didn't get the role.
Her last film for 20th Century Fox was The Yellow Canary (1963). She left Fox studios (due to budget cuts) and began guest-starring in shows such as Saints And Sinners and also doing films for MGM, Universal, and Columbia. She played supporting roles over the next few years, including The Brass Bottle, and the notable, if odd, movie 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, both with Tony Randall. In The New Interns, she co-starred with Michael Callan. She starred in the beach movie Ride the Wild Surf playing the role of Augie with Fabian.
Then she signed to become "Jeannie," a genie in a bottle rescued by an astronaut in the television sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
She played this role for five years and 139 episodes. Eden also played
Jeannie's sister in nine episodes and Jeannie's mother in two. During this time Eden was nominated twice for Golden Globe Awards. She later reprised her Jeannie role in two made-for-TV reunion movies (I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later in 1985 and I Still Dream of Jeannie in 1991), and in the last scene of the theatrical movie A Very Brady Sequel. She also has played Jeannie in many TV commercials (AT&T, Lexus, Old Navy). I Dream of Jeannie has gone on to international syndication.
After that, Eden did an unaired pilot, The Barbara Eden Show, and another pilot, The Toy Game.
She also began starring in and sometimes producing a string of
successful made-for-TV movies, making at least one a year for one of the
networks and they all were top-rated. Her first TV movie was called The Feminist And The Fuzz. Although best known for comedy, most were dramas, as when she starred with her "Jeannie" co-star Larry Hagman in A Howling in the Woods (1971). She starred in The Woman Hunter (1972) with Robert Vaughn, an earlier co-star from Gunsmoke. In The Stranger Within
(1974), Eden plays unwitting housewife Ann Collins, who becomes one of
many earthling women that are extraterrestrially impregnated. Like the
mother-to-be in Rosemary's Baby, Ann develops unusual prenatal cravings (in this case, coffee grounds instead of blood-rare meat). The screenplay was written by Richard Matheson and directed by Lee Philips.
Eden played Liz Stonestreet, a former policewoman now private
detective investigating the disappearance of a missing heiress in a
critically acclaimed TV movie Stonestreet: Who Killed The Centerfold Model? (1977) co starring Louise Latham, James Ingersoll, Elaine Giftos, Ann Dusenberry. and Sally Kirkland. She played Lee Rawlins, a woman who worked at a department store, in the ABC TV movie The Girls in The Office (1979) and starred in and co-produced with her own production company (MI-Bar Productions) the NBC TV movie romantic comedy The Secret Life Of Kathy McCormick
(1988) about "a simple grocery clerk, finds her way into her local high
society and the life of a wealthy suitor who thinks she's a
stockbroker." In addition, she starred in and produced the romantic
comedy TV movie Opposites Attract (1990) co-starring John Forsythe, their first joint screen appearance since her guest-starring role in a 1957 episode of his Bachelor Father TV series.
She continued to appear regularly on stage starring in the play Blithe Spirit and in television specials like Telly...Who Loves Ya Baby? with Telly Savalas and The Best Of Everything with Hal Linden and Dorothy Loudon. She starred in commercials for L'Eggs pantyhose for four years.
In 1978 she starred in the feature film Harper Valley PTA based on the popular country song. This led to a namesake television series
in 1981; in both the movie and the TV series, she played the show's
heroine, Stella Johnson. The show won 11 of its 13 time slots during its
first season. It was a comedy version of Peyton Place with Anne Francine
playing wealthy villain Flora Simpson Reilly. In one episode Stella
dressed in a blue and gold genie costume and in another she played both
Stella and her cousin Della Smith (similar to Jeannie's evil twin-sister
character). The show Harper Valley PTA began January 16, 1981, and was renamed simply Harper Valley when the show began its second season on October 29, 1981. The show ran until August 14, 1982, producing 29 episodes for NBC and Universal MCA, which were rerun in 2000 by TV Land.
From April 3 through September 16, 1984, Eden starred in the Lee Guber and Shelly Gross national production of the John Kander and Fred Ebb Tony Award-winning musical comedy Woman Of The Year, playing the role of Tess Harding Craig with Don Chastain playing Sam Craig and Marilyn Cooper playing Jan Donovan. Jef Billings made her costumes. In 1987 she was in the TV special The Great American Quiz Show with Tony Randall, Isabel Sanford, Marc Price and John Davidson. In 1989 she starred in the TV movie Brand New Life, with Don Murray,
which continued as a limited run series of the same name. Then in 1990
Eden had a recurring role of a billionairess seeking revenge against JR
Ewing in five episodes of the final season of Dallas, playing the captivating character Lee Ann De La Vega, reuniting her with her I Dream of Jeannie
co-star Hagman. In her final episode the character admits that her
maiden name was "Lee Ann Nelson," which was a production gag as "Nelson"
was the surname of Hagman's character, and Eden's character's married
name in I Dream of Jeannie.
In 1991 she starred in the stage play Same Time, Next Year with Wayne Rogers
and reprised her most famous role of Jeannie in a TV movie of the week.
In 1993 she starred in an 11 city national tour of the play Last Of The Red Hot Lovers with Don Knotts. She also made three guest appearances in the last few seasons of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as the evil family matriarch, Great Aunt Irma.
Eden is also a singer, and has starred in many musical comedy stage plays like Nite Club Confidential, playing the role of Kay Goodman in 1996, The Sound Of Music, Annie Get Your Gun , South Pacific with Robert Goulet, The Pajama Game with John Raitt, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes playing Loreli Lee with Rita McKenzie, and has been a musical guest star in over 50 variety TV shows, including 21 Bob Hope specials, The Carol Burnett Show, The Jonathan Winters Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, This is Tom Jones show, Tony Orlando and Dawn, and Donny and Marie. She released an album entitled Miss Barbara Eden in 1967, for the record label Dot Records. She also recorded 3 songs in 1978 for the Harper Valley P.T.A. Soundtrack.
Eden wrote an autobiography, Barbara Eden: My Story, published in October 1989.
Eden received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in the spring of 1990 from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. On November 17, 1988, she received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk for her contributions to television at 2003 Hollywood Boulevard.
From 2000 until 2004 she starred in the national touring production of the play The Odd Couple...The Female Version, playing the role of the neat one, Florence Unger, with Rita MacKenzie playing the role of Olive Madison.
In March 2006 Barbara Eden reunited with her former I Dream Of Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman for a publicity tour in New York City to promote the first season DVD of I Dream Of Jeannie. They appeared together on such shows as Good Morning America, The View, Martha, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and Showbiz Tonight.
Also in March 2006 Hagman and Eden reunited onstage for the play Love Letters at the College of Staten Island in New York and at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. This was Eden's first visit to the Academy since appearing in The West Point Story in 1956. It was also the first time the two had acted together since appearing on the TV series Dallas in 1990.
Eden's most recent work was starring in the play Love Letters with Hal Linden, and a guest-starring role on the Lifetime series Army Wives, written and produced by her niece, Katherine Fugate.
In December 2008 she began filming the TV Movie Always and Forever for the Hallmark Channel that was shown in October 2009.
In April 2009 she began hosting a national touring production of Ballroom With A Twist a live theater show from Louis Van Amstel of Dancing with the Stars.
On May 7, 2009, she appeared on Fox News Channel's Hannity, as a member of the "Great American Panel".
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