Jeannie Out of the Bottle

Jeannie Out of the Bottle

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A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses, best known for her iconic role on I Dream of Jeannie

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, for decades. 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 husb∧ 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.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307914378
Branch Call Number: Online Audio Book
Characteristics: 1 sound file :,digital
Additional Contributors: Leigh, Wendy
OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 14, 2018

Blink, Blink, Cross Your Arms and as a Baby Boomer you are transported back into time to the 1960's and I Dream of Jeannie. A role Barbara Eden will forever be known and remembered for by millions. However, her career started a decade before and has carried on for decades after. This memoir covers all of it. The happy times, and the heart breaking times. She doesn't miss any of it. Sometimes this book feels more like a recitation of her life rather than someone who has lived it. She recounts all of her meetings and interactions with the Men of Hollywood and Politics, who either make a pass at her or don't. She spends time talking about the making of Jeannie and Larry Hagman and the creative team. She makes it a point to talk about Marilyn Monroe, her idol but not really any of the multiple female stars who mostly were jealous of her. She shares the stories of her three husbands and of the sons she has lost. I just got bored by the end as I think I was looking for more depth or passion but seemed to have gotten the sanitized version (except for the parts about her son Michael) that views the world through rose colored glasses. Still, I can never pass up an I Dream of Jeannie slot machine at the casino. Way to go, Master. :)

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