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Barbara Eden, is most known for her role in the popular 60's show "I Dream of Jeannie," was born on August 23rd, 1934 in Tuscon, Arizona. When Barbara was 3, her family moved to San Francisco. Around the same time her mother Alice divorced her father, later re-marrying to Harrison Connor Huffman. Barbara went to high school at Abraham Lincoln High School, where she was a cheerleader. She graduated in 1949. Barbara joined the Actor's Equity at her school when she was 16.
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After graduating, Barbara studied acting at the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre and singing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her movie debut was in 1956, when she had an uncredited role in the movie "Back from Eternity." She was "discovered" by FOX Film Director Mark Robson who saw her in a play she was in. Barbara's first leading television role was in the comedy "How to Marry a Millionaire." She met actor Michael Ansara in October, 1957 and went on to marry him on January 17th, 1958.
Barbara was in several movies in the early 60's, including "The Yellow Canary," "Five Weeks in a Balloon," and "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm." On August 29th, 1965, she had her only son, Matthew Ansara, with Michael Ansara. Also in 1965, she attained her most famous role of her career to date, playing Jeannie in the well-known comedy "I Dream of Jeannie," which ran for five seasons, ending in 1970.
After "I Dream of Jeannie" ended, Barbara started to star in several made-for-TV movies. She divorced her first husband in 1972, going on to meet Charles Donald Fegert, her second husband, in 1974. She married him on September 3rd, 1977. In 1981, she starred in another comedy titled "Harper Valley P.T.A.," which only lasted for two seasons. In 1983, Barbara divorced her second husband. She met Jon Trusdale Eicholtz, her current husband, in 1989 and married him on January 5th, 1991. Also in the early 90's, she had several guest appearances on the long-running TV series "Dallas."
Barbara has reprised her famous role of "Jeannie" several times since the show ended, and still makes television appearances, along with occasional appearances at award shows and other events.
Larry Hagman, son of Broadway actress Mary Martin, was born in Fort Worth, Texas. After his parents divorced, he lived with his grandmother in California until the time of her death. Hagman, 12 years old at the time, then returned to his mother who was working on the Broadway stage. After attending Bard College in Anandale-on-the-Hudson for one year, his own early efforts at breaking into showbiz began at the Margo Jones Theatre-in-the-Round in Dallas, and soon after in The Taming of the Shrew at the New York City Center. While working as a cast member on his mother's hit show South Pacific, Hagman took up residence in England and ended up staying there for five years. During that time he joined the U.S. Air Force where he found time to produce and direct several theater productions. It was also during that time that he met and fell in love with Maj Axelsson, a young Swedish designer. They were married in December of 1954.
Back in the U.S., Hagman began to make progress in his career, tallying up several TV guest-star appearances (including, presciently, a smiling villain on an episode of Sea Hunt), a regular role as lawyer Ed Gibson on the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night, and a beautifully played supporting role as a Russian/ English interpreter in the nuclear nailbiter Fail Safe. In 1965, Hagman received his most prominent acting assignment to date as eternally flustered astronaut Tony Nelson on the TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. After five years of Jeannie, Hagman took a few film and TV-movie parts, co-starred with Donna Mills on the 1971 sitcom The Good Life, co-starred with Lauren Bacall in the TV rendition of the Broadway musical Applesauce, acted and directed in the low-grade horror spoof Beware! The Blob. Hagman's best-ever TV stint was as the charming but conniving J. R. Ewing on the nighttime TV serial Dallas, a role he played from 1978 through 1990. At first reluctant to accept the role, Hagman acknowledges that it was his wife Maj's encouragement that convinced him to do the series. Proof of Hagman's drawing power as J.R. came when, at the end of the 1979-80 season, the character was shot down by a mysterious assailant--setting the stage for the "Who Shot J.R.?" episode, one of the highest-rated telecasts of all time.
After the cancellation of Dallas, Hagman was forced to slow down his busy schedule due to an ongoing battle with liver cancer, and in August of 1995 he was the recipient of a liver transplant, a procedure that saved his life. Hagman's public life has always included a variety of civic and philanthropic undertakings. A staunch non-smoker, Hagman acted as the chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout for nine years, and since his 1995 surgery, he has become the National Spokesperson for the 1996 U.S. Transplant Games sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation and has been recognized by the foundation for his role in increasing public awareness in regards to organ donation. In 1997, Hagman had recovered sufficiently to make a television comeback as the Honorable Judge Luther Charbonnet in the critically acclaimed CBS series Orleans. Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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