Actress Barbara Eden is best known for her role as Jeannie in the 1965-1970 sitcom I Dream of Jeannie co-starring Larry Hagman (who later became JR Ewing on another popular TV series Dallas). But before she landed the role of a lifetime, Eden struggled to make ends meet at a showgirl in Vegas. She talks about her personal life with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah: Where Are They Now? As she reveals to Oprah, Eden has suffered many personal losses including having a stillborn child with her first husband Michael Ansara, and the fatal heroin overdose of her only child, Matthew Ansara, 35, just months prior to his wedding in 2001, among others.
Barbara Eden also wrote about her life in detail in the memoir Jeannie Out of the Bottle. Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturdays at 10pm on OWN.
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