Barbara Eden created what is surely one of television's great icons. The title character of 'I Dream of Jeannie' was America's fantasy woman from 1965-1970, as viewers relished Eden's manipulative domestic dominance over her 'master,' Maj. Anthony Nelson, played by Larry Hagman. With the success of 'Jeannie,' it's easy to forget that she had a substantial career before and since.
Eden did her first film in 1956, when small parts in movies such as 'Back From Eternity' and 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?' led to almost 20 roles of various importance in films of various quality. After 'Jeannie,' Eden became something of a TV-movie queen and appeared or starred in several other series. These included 'Harper Valley P.T.A.' and 'Dallas,' where she guest-starred opposite Hagman as an old flame of J.R. Ewing's out to settle a score.
In addition to her vast TV career and the movies, Eden has also spent much time on stage, most recently as Florence Unger in an all-female version of Neil Simon's 'The Odd Couple.'