OK baby-boomers, did you have “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden living to be 90 years old on your classic TV bingo card?
Well, Eden is alive and well. She just celebrated the Big 9-0 on Monday. Eden, who played Jeannie in the popular 1960s NBC sitcom, keeps herself in good shape. How? Through mixing exercise and a healthy diet. She talked about it in an interview with Closer Weekly.
“I’m very careful about [my] diet,” Eden said. “I’m a carnivore … I like steak. We eat a lot of pork, chicken, steak [and] vegetables.” She’s been married to Jon Eicholtz for 30 years.
“We don’t stint ourselves on desserts,” she said. “I eat a lot. I like dessert. (And) I like gumdrops. Those are fun.”
‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Star Stays Young At Heart With Being Healthy
Eden also enjoys marshmallow circus peanuts. “They’re really good. I like them,” Eden said. “They’re a holdover from my childhood.”
What actions does she take when it revolves around working out? Hmm, this 90-year-old sparkplug goes walking.
“I was spinning and I had a trainer,” Eden said. “But I haven’t done that now [in] over a year since COVID-19.” What Eden has done is outlive her “I Dream of Jeannie” co-stars, Larry Hagman and Bill Daily. Hagman played Major Anthony Nelson, a NASA astronaut, while Daily played Major Roger Healey.
Sadly, Hagman died in 2012 and Daily died in 2018. Yet the show would not have been as successful without them in their roles. “I Dream of Jeannie” ran from 1965 through 1970, and transferred from black-and-white to color episodes.
That might not sound like a big deal to Outsiders that are younger. But it was as more color television sets were being sold at that time.
Eden Recalled Her Favorite Moment Working With Hagman On Show
In another interview, Eden was asked about her favorite moment with “I Dream of Jeannie” co-star Hagman.
“We seemed to have the same rhythm in our comedic timing, which was fortunate for both of us,” Eden said to Fox News. “We enjoyed working together.”
Even around a 600-pound male lion. She talked about doing two films with lions and learning how to be with one.
On this day, one is on the set. Eden goes over and tells Hagman it’s time to make friends with the lion. Not Hagman, who walked off the set and then came back.
“They put the meat down and he ate his meat,” Eden said. “He turned around, looked at Larry, and let out a huge roar! It was the loudest roar you have ever heard in your life.”
Hagman ended up heading for the hills and everyone else did, too. Everyone except Eden.