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Ahead of Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, 'I Dream of Jeannie' star talks about her defining role

Ahead of Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, 'I Dream of Jeannie' star talks about her defining role

Hard to believe, but Barbara Eden swears there was a time she pretty much forgot about Jeannie, the irrepressibly vivacious, astronaut-loving genie she played for five seasons on TV.

“I didn’t really think about her,” Eden says over the phone from Las Vegas, where she and her husband, real estate executive Jon Eicholtz, often spend time when they’re not at home in Beverly Hills. “The show was on the air — it’s never been off the air — but I was doing lots of movies, appearing in Vegas, doing shows. I think people are making a lot more out of Jeannie than they did in the ’80s and ’90s.”

Ever since “I Dream of Jeannie” went on the air in 1965, fans have been doing just what...

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