Happy Birthday to Barbara Eden, who celebrates her 74th birthday today. She is famously known for her portrayal of the title character of I Dream of Jeannie. Prior to Jeannie, Eden made several appearances on television such as The Johnny Carson Show, I Love Lucy, and The Andy Griffith Show among several others. She also starred in many films such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, and The Brass Bottle, a film about a male genie that was instrumental in Eden’s casting as Jeannie.
Last year, Eden released a memoir on her personal life, Jeannie Out of the Bottle, and the book includes intimate details about her life, rise to popularity, and her work leading up to and during Jeannie. In the book, she talks about her friendship with costar Hayden Rorke (who played Major Nelson’s commander Dr. Bellows) who she speaks highly of describing him as “unashamedly gay” and “a gentleman in every respect”.
Watch some clips from I Dream of Jeannie after the jump …