Random House Digital, Inc.
On Sale: April 5, 2011
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A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood’s most
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.
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