Looking Back at Barbara Eden’s Magical Rise to Fame

Leading ladies of Hollywood have come and gone, but there’s one woman who has gone down in TV history as the most glamorous actresses of them all. That’s right. We’re talking about none other than the amazing Barbara Eden.

Flaming Star – 1960, Steve Forrest, Barbara Eden, Elvis Presley

Flaming Star – 1960, Steve Forrest, Barbara Eden, Elvis Presley. Photo By 20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock

With her career spanning over 50 years, Eden has worked on several projects and still has plenty to keep her busy. The now 89-year-old actress is still as elegant and captivating as ever. From stories from her I Dream of Jeannie days, to her overcoming the tragic loss of her son, this is Barbara Eden’s story.

Modest Beginnings

Barbara Morehead was born in August 1931 and was the only child to her parents Alice and Hurbert Morehead. Her parents divorced when Eden was very little. Her mother remarried and gave birth to another daughter. Eden’s family was heavily impacted by the Great Depression, and to pass the time, her mother used to sing to her daughters.

I Dream Of Jeannie, Hayden Rourke, Larry Hagman, Barbara Eden, Bill Daily

I Dream Of Jeannie, Hayden Rourke, Larry Hagman, Barbara Eden, Bill Daily. Photo By Moviestore Collection/Shutterstock

The future entertainer fell in love with music and went on to sing in her church choir. As she grew older, Eden began singing at night clubs and eventually applied to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also entered the Miss San Francisco pageant in 1951 and won the title!

Life of Glitz and Glamor

It seems as though a life of glitz and glamor was in Eden’s future. By 1957, the actress landed the starring role in the hit television sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire, which was based on the 1953 film of the same name. Before she knew it, Eden was a star.

Big Apple Con, New York, USA - 11 Mar 2017, Barbara Eden

Apple Con, New York, USA – 11 Mar 2017, Barbara Eden. Photo By Mediapunch/Shutterstock

She then appeared in several TV shows such as I Love Lucy and Adventures in Paradise. But it wasn’t until producer Sidney Sheldon decided to come up with his show, I Dream of Jeannie, that Eden became a household name. Several beauty queens and accomplished actresses had their eye on the role, but Sheldon had his sights set on Eden.