A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story. Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara’s dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances. We follow her from the hungry years when she was a struggling studio contract player at 20th Century Fox through difficult weeks trying to survive as a chorus girl at Ciro’s Sunset Strip supper club, from a stint as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on live TV to tangling on-screen and off with some of Hollywood’s most desirable leading men, including Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty. From the ups and downs of her relationship with her Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman to a touching meeting with an exquisite and vulnerable Marilyn Monroe at the twilight of her career, readers join Barbara on a thrilling journey through her five decades in Hollywood. But Barbara’s story is also an intimate and honest memoir of personal tragedy: a stillborn child with her first husband, Michael Ansara; a verbally abusive, drug-addicted second husband; the loss of her beloved mother; and the accidental heroin-induced death of her adult son, just months before his wedding. With candor and poignancy, Barbara reflects on the challenges she has faced, as well as the joys she has experienced and how she has maintained her humor, optimism, and inimitable Jeannie magic throughout the roller-coaster ride of a truly memorable life. Illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including candid family pictures and rare publicity stills, Jeannie Out of the Bottle is a must-have for every fan, old and new. To read more about Jeannie Out of the Bottle or Barbara Eden please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
Published: Crown Publishing Group on Apr 5, 2011
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    Reason for Reading: I loved "I Dream of Jeannie" as a kid and really knew nothing else about Barbara Eden, other than the Harper Valley, PTA movie and brief series. I enjoy actor's memoirs from the '70s on back in time and was intrigued to see what Barbara Eden had to say for herself.Barbara Eden comes off as a very classy, non-Hollywood-type, of lady who has lived a rich and rewarding career, meeting many famous celebrities and enjoying enough success to satisfy herself. She loves to work for the joy of it but she has also suffered some tragedies in life namely the death of her only child at his age of thirty-five.Barbara tells the whole story of her life, briefly from early childhood, but mostly starting with her life in Hollywood as she tried to make a career for herself as a singer, got side-tracked as a model and ended up an actor, until she reached the stage when she could be both sing and act, whether on Broadway, TV or in the movies. Barbara was married to the same man for most of her career on through the Jeannie years and though she has many tales to tell, she does tell all in a certain way. She doesn't have that much to tell as she was in a faithful marriage and respected her colleagues even when they were difficult to deal with. So we get a lot of stories of who tried to pick her up and who she turned down along with the tumultuous backstage antics of Larry Hagman on the set of Jeannie. A classy book about TV and movies in the 1950s and 1960s with no s*x or vulgar language. A very interesting look into this time period of the entertainment business from someone who wasn't dragged down into the drug scene. And an insightful look inside the exciting and tragic life of an iconic woman who will always be remembered as "Jeannie".read more
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    Reason for Reading: I loved "I Dream of Jeannie" as a kid and really knew nothing else about Barbara Eden, other than the Harper Valley, PTA movie and brief series. I enjoy actor's memoirs from the '70s on back in time and was intrigued to see what Barbara Eden had to say for herself.Barbara Eden comes off as a very classy, non-Hollywood-type, of lady who has lived a rich and rewarding career, meeting many famous celebrities and enjoying enough success to satisfy herself. She loves to work for the joy of it but she has also suffered some tragedies in life namely the death of her only child at his age of thirty-five.Barbara tells the whole story of her life, briefly from early childhood, but mostly starting with her life in Hollywood as she tried to make a career for herself as a singer, got side-tracked as a model and ended up an actor, until she reached the stage when she could be both sing and act, whether on Broadway, TV or in the movies. Barbara was married to the same man for most of her career on through the Jeannie years and though she has many tales to tell, she does tell all in a certain way. She doesn't have that much to tell as she was in a faithful marriage and respected her colleagues even when they were difficult to deal with. So we get a lot of stories of who tried to pick her up and who she turned down along with the tumultuous backstage antics of Larry Hagman on the set of Jeannie. A classy book about TV and movies in the 1950s and 1960s with no s*x or vulgar language. A very interesting look into this time period of the entertainment business from someone who wasn't dragged down into the drug scene. And an insightful look inside the exciting and tragic life of an iconic woman who will always be remembered as "Jeannie".
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