‘I Dream of Jeannie’ star Barbara Eden describes working with Larry Hagman, Elvis and Lucille Ball

Barbara Eden captivated audiences across the country with a nod plus a blink in the beloved ‘ sixties sitcom “ I Dream of Jeannie” — and 47 years later on, she’ s still celebrated like a beloved TV icon.

The 86-year-old was recently honored by the Collection of American Broadcasting Foundation on the Giants of Broadcasting Luncheon on her decades-long career in film plus television. But don’ t anticipate Eden to sit back and enjoy the girl success.

She has never stopped working but still headlines shows both in the United States plus abroad. Simply put, this genie continues to be long out of the bottle and doesn’ t have any plans in order to vanish in a cloud of smoke cigarettes.

Eden spoke with Fox News regarding her favorite memories on fixed, what her life is like these times and why her belly key was such a hot topic:

Fox News: How does it feel in order to still be recognized as an icon within American TV?
Barbara Eden: It feels great! I like it. I’ m nevertheless active, I’ m still operating. It’ s always good to become recognized for hard work you’ ve done in the years past. Whilst you’ re doing it, you don’ t think of it so much. You’ re just working. It’ ersus a wonderful thing for someone to recognize it.

Fox News: What’ s keeping you inspired these days?
Eden: I just like my function. I think I’ m very, quite lucky to have found a profession which i fit in. So many people have to make their living performing things they don’ t enjoy, but are necessary for their family. I’ m just lucky, very fortunate.

Fox News: What exactly is it about ‘ I Dream of Jeannie’ that continues to entertain audiences?
Eden: I believe it’ s a happy display. Of course , the genie and the illusion is a classic story. So I believe people will always be entranced by that will magic. But we had a pretty great working relationship, all of us on the show. This made a difference. Larry [Hagman] was so good. And our own Dr . Bellows (Hayden Rorke) has been wonderful. It just made every thing click.

Sibel News: What’ s i9000 one memory you have of Lewis Hagman that still makes you grin?
Eden: Oh, there’ s so many! We all seemed to have the same rhythm within our comedic timing, which was fortunate with regard to both of us. We enjoyed functioning together… The most outstanding story along with Larry was the one when we a new lion as a guest. I had performed two feature films with elephants and I’ ve been informed how to treat them. They’ lso are male lions, they’ re sluggish. If they’ re well given, they don’ t really want to consume you. But they do want to get you if you run around! You need to be very quiet with them. So I proceeded to go over and I told Larry, ‘ We have to go make friends with the lion. ’ He goes, ‘ I’ m not going to make any buddies with any bleep lion! ’ And walks off!

And so, I wandered over and I did the usual things I’ ve been trained to do. I actually scratched him behind the hearing. Never the ears, just at the rear of the ears. And I rehearsed with all the cat. He was 600 lbs, a big male lion. They put just a little bowl of raw meat beside me personally. He put his head straight down and nom, nom, nom. Also boy, that was good. He appears around and he’ s happy. Very, very happy. And then Larry arrived. They started the scene.

They put the particular meat down and he ate their meat. He turned around, looked at Lewis, and let out a huge roar! It had been the loudest roar you have heard in your life. Larry was on the following set. He was gone! However, not only was he gone, each and every man on that set went. They broke the camera, among the pieces fell over and I had the 600 pound lion on our lap purring. He put their head in my lap and began to lick my arm, like a excellent, big pussycat.

Barbara Eden today.   (Michael Caulfield)

Fox News: Had been there a moment from your time upon ‘ I Dream of Jeannie’ that will still sticks out to you?
Eden: Oh the goodness, so many things happened on established. One of them was [when] my mother came to visit the arranged for the first time. And it was a show where the genie was trapped in a secure. And inside that safe, don’ t ask me why, there was clearly a huge lipstick and a bottle associated with aspirin. I don’ t understand why that was in the safe, however it was! And of course, they would jiggle the particular set whenever someone would get this safe. Well, they jiggled it a little too hard and the lip stick fell over and hit me for the head. I was out for a couple of minutes. Our mother was having a fit! Simply having a fit.

Fox News: What’ s the story at the rear of the belly button controversy?
Eden: Excellent big ‘thank-you’ to the media for your. I was on the set one day plus [a writer] for The The show biz industry Reporter walked on the set plus right over to me. He mentioned, ‘ I don’ t think you have one. ’ I mentioned, ‘ A what? ’ And goes, ‘ A belly key! ’ And then he poked myself in the middle! He started writing about my tummy button… The next thing I knew, the particular ‘Laugh-In’ wanted to premiere my navel on NBC. I know a lot of women are recognized for very glamorous body parts, but the navel? Ha!

Fox News: You previously starred within the 1960 film ‘ Flaming Star’ alongside Elvis Presley. What was your impact of Elvis?
Eden: He was a beautiful man. Well brought up. Was a good worker. A very good actor and wanted to end up being. This was the only film that he actually had a chance of showing he could operate. He got excellent reviews in the film. And, of course , it didn’ t make a penny because… this individual didn’ t sing a track. That wasn’ t what their fans wanted. But he has been excellent.

Sibel News: How has been it working alongside Lucille Basketball in “ I Love Lucy”?
Eden: Wow my, that was mind-boggling for me. It had been the third job I had in La and she was so good to me. We can’ t tell you how nice she was. I had a gown on that she didn’ big t think was outstanding enough. The lady asked me to take it away from and the next thing I knew, the lady was sitting there putting gleaming things all over it, just to allow it to be look better.

Here’ s the star of the display making this young woman look much better. She was just so great and so talented. Of course , I couldn’ t believe I was there. The lady wanted to sign me to a agreement because she believed in humor and thought I had a great curved for that. But at the time I had currently tested at Fox, and I obtained the phone call while I was for the set. They picked up my choice and so, instead of “Lucy” I visited Fox.

Fox News: At any point in your career, did a person ever feel typecast because of your own success in ‘ I Desire Jeannie’?
Eden: No, I didn’ big t, I really didn’ t. Because once i did ‘ I Dream of Jeannie, ‘ I did at least two various other television shows. And I don’ t understand how many television movies playing completely different kinds of people. I was so busy… So , I didn’ t believe that I was ever typecast. In fact , We wasn’ t. ‘ Jeannie’ simply so happens to be the one people keep in mind and that’ s all right beside me. She’ s easy to live with. I enjoy her.