Jeannie Out of the Bottle

Jeannie Out of the Bottle

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A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood's most beloved icons. Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story. Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara's dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances. We follow her from the hungry years when she was a struggling studio contract player at 20th Century Fox through difficult weeks trying to survive as a chorus girl at Ciro's Sunset Strip supper club, from a stint as Johnny Carson's sidekick on live TV to tangling on-screen and off with some of Hollywood's most desirable leading men, including Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty. From the ups and downs of her relationship with her Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman to a touching meeting with an exquisite and vulnerable Marilyn Monroe at the twilight of her career, readers join Barbara on a thrilling journey through her five decades in Hollywood. But Barbara's story is also an intimate and honest memoir of personal tragedy: a stillborn child with her first husband, Michael Ansara; a verbally abusive, drug-addicted second husband; the loss of her beloved mother; and the accidental heroin-induced death of her adult son, just months before his wedding. With candor and poignancy, Barbara reflects on the challenges she has faced, as well as the joys she has experienced and how she has maintained her humor, optimism, and inimitable Jeannie magic throughout the roller-coaster ride of a truly memorable life. Illustrated with sixteen pages of photographs, including candid family pictures and rare publicity stills, Jeannie Out of the Bottle is a must-have for every fan, old and new. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, 2011
ISBN: 9780307886941
Branch Call Number: 791.430287 EDE 2011
Characteristics: viii, 274 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Leigh, Wendy

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capezio
May 27, 2012

I loved this show as a kid! The audiobook was much better to get into, she reads it. A little "historical" rather then a tell all, but still classy and full of sparkle.

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tedrich2921
Sep 01, 2011

Barbara Eden puts down her second (of three) husband by saying he was nothing but a name-dropper. That's really ironic because that is my exact criticism of Barbara Eden. Not a page (or hardly a paragraph) goes by without her dropping a famous name. Also, she is quick to criticize Larry Hagman by saying he is really difficult to work with -- but she keeps working with him. This is a really light-weight book. Go ahead and read it if you watched "I Dream of Jeanie." It's not an awful book, but nobody will confuse it with great literature! I rate this a C plus. On the positive side, it will not take you long to read this book

fairboy Jun 24, 2011

Actually there's more to Barbara Eden than "Jeannie" which this books proves.

I could have used less of the phrase "Jeannie blink" to show movement into the past or the future.

mybibliothike Jun 07, 2011

This is not a 'kiss & tell' book or an in-depth biography. Personaly, I found she didn't have much to say!... a small part on Larry Hagman, references to all the men who fancied her and a small and somewhat touching chapter on the untimely death of her only child.

aaa5756 Apr 24, 2011

A+ For the television series I Dream of Jeannie. C- for this book

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