Archive for the ‘"I Dream of Jeannie"’ Category

Remembering Larry Hagman

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

The Archive is sad to hear of the passing of actor Larry Hagman, who died on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at the age of 81. Hagman died of complications from cancer. He’s best remembered for playing two of the most iconic roles in television history, those of “Major Tony Nelson” on I Dream of Jeannie, and “J.R. Ewing” on Dallas.

Below are some selections from Hagman’s 2004 Archive interview:

On getting cast in I Dream of Jeannie:

On the special effects on I Dream of Jeannie:

On the infamous Dallas storyline, “Who Shot J.R.?”

On the final episode of Dallas:

Watch Larry Hagman’s full Archive interview and read his LA Times obituary.

Barbara Eden’s “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” Memoir Released

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Dreaming of Jeannie by Barbara Eden

Congratulations to Archive interviewee Barbara Eden — the “I Dream of Jeannie” star’s long-awaited memoir “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” was released! To celebrate, here are some fun highlights from her Archive of American Television interview.

On developing an interest in performing:

On appearing on “I Love Lucy”:

On being cast on “I Dream of Jeannie”:

On the character of “Jeannie”:

On the “Jeannie” belly-button controversy:

On starring in “Harper Valley P.T.A.”:

"I Dream of Jeannie" Season Five on DVD

Friday, July 25th, 2008

With the release of season five, the complete run of I Dream of Jeannie is now available on DVD. The 1965-70 sitcom about a 2,000 year-old genie in the form of Barbara Eden and her exploits with “master” Major Anthony Nelson (Larry Hagman) has become one of the most beloved of sitcoms.

Variety began its review of the series premiere with, “The star of this blithering comedy is Barbara Eden’s cleavage,” but had changed their tone by the time they reviewed the last season’s premiere episode: “Jeannie started its fifth season with the sort of bright and bouncy enthusiasm that has kept the series nicely afloat to date. The writers… balance the magic elements neatly with sharp characterizations and fast-moving situations, and the laugh track was almost always justified.”

The Archive of American Television has interviewed several of the prominent contributors to the series including stars Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, and Bill Daily; plus series creator Sidney Sheldon, director Hal Cooper, and casting executive Eddie Foy III.

Barbara Eden on I Dream of Jeannie’s special effects: “Our special effects weren’t very sophisticated. We did a lot against blue, which meant that if I was floating in the air, I had to do it alone with a blue backdrop. And I would be balanced on a piece of very thin board. That’s not easy…. The popping in and out of scenes, when I disappeared, everyone would have to freeze wherever they were in the scene and I ran out of the scene. And the director would say, ‘one, two, three, action.’ And everyone would continue. They were very lucky they had actors who could do that. That isn’t easy to do. You have to have some musical, you know, bent, to be able to do that, and both Larry and Bill and Hayden were very good at it.”

"I Dream of Jeannie" and "Patty Duke Show" Creator Sidney Sheldon Dies at 89

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007


Sidney Sheldon, best-selling author, Oscar®-winner, and writer of classic television series died yesterday.

The Archive of American Television interviewed Sidney Sheldon on March 30, 2000.

Interview description:
Sidney Sheldon was interviewed for two-and-a-half hours in Beverly Hills, CA. Sheldon recalled his early years in Hollywood as a screenwriter for feature films, and the success he achieved in that field, culminating in his win of the Academy Award for The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer. Mr. Sheldon next discussed his creation of The Patty Duke Show, and his fond memories of working with the show’s young star. He recalled how, during his run as writer/producer of Patty Duke, he was approached by Screen Gems to produce another comedy for them, which eventually became I Dream of Jeannie. He talked about how he created the concept for the show, and fondly remembered each of the stars, including Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman and assembling the production staff (including director Hal Cooper). He discussed the effort to hide Eden’s pregnancy in the first season, and how the crew put together the many special effects shots. He also shared his memories of the “navel controversy” that brewed during the time over not revealing Eden’s belly button, and the attempt by the stars of Laugh-In to circumvent that rule. Later, he recalled creating Nancy, the short-lived 1970 sitcom, and Hart to Hart (pilot only), which he produced for Aaron Spelling. Mr. Sheldon next discussed his about-face from television writer to novelist, and shared his delight at the success that he has achieved with the sixteen best-selling books he has written, many of which have been turned into successful television movies.