‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Icon Barbara Eden Explains Why Her 30-Year Marriage Works

by Joe Rutland
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Barbara Eden, who established her TV cred with “I Dream of Jeannie” back in the 1960s, has been married to the same guy for 30 years.

How does she make this, her third marriage, one to Jon Eicholtz work? Eden shared her insights in an article from Fox News.

“I think you have to like each other a lot,” Eden, who turned 90 on Aug. 23, said. “No, you really do.”

Eden, who played Jeannie on “I Dream of Jeannie” opposite Larry Hagman, also said that you don’t necessarily have to like the same things as your partner.

“Because we certainly don’t,” Eden said. “I don’t play golf. I don’t like to watch baseball… and he loves to watch the (Los Angeles) Angels. But I do because I love him. And I like him. So I’ll watch with him.”

‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Star Said Husband Supported Her Hollywood Career

She said Eicholtz supports her Hollywood career, which keeps her busy and on the road.

“I find that it’s just great because he likes what I do,” the “I Dream of Jeannie” icon said. “He likes me doing it. I think I’m really lucky to have a happy marriage.

Eden said in another interview from February 2020 that “you should walk in the other person’s shoes if you’re having a little problem.”

Sue suggested that people should try and see it from that other person’s viewpoint. Eden added that it is not easy, but you can try.

“I Dream of Jeannie” ran on NBC for five seasons. Hagman played NASA astronaut Major Anthony Nelson, who found Jeannie’s bottle washed up on a beach. Once he rubbed the side of that bottle, Jeannie popped out and, all of a sudden, Nelson becomes “Master.”

Bill Daily played Nelson’s sidekick and fellow astronaut, Major Roger Healey, on the sitcom. Sadly, both Hagman and Daily have died since the show ended its run.

Eden Recalled Her Appearance On ‘Rawhide’ With Clint Eastwood

Before she played Jeannie, Barbara Eden did a lot of guest-starring appearances on other TV shows. She appeared on “The Andy Griffith Show” as well as “I Love Lucy.”

But the “I Dream of Jeannie” star recalled working with Clint Eastwood, who played Rowdy Yates on the TV western “Rawhide.” It was on that show Eden did a guest-start turn.

“That was just before I did ‘Jeannie,'” Eden said. “He was very professional. Of course, that show had been on many, many years by then. And everyone sort of knew what they were doing. If you came into it, it was — you had to get used to it, because — and it was definitely a man’s show. This was not a woman’s world.”

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