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Jeannie Out of the Bottle | [Barbara Eden, Wendy Leigh]

Jeannie Out of the Bottle

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons

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.

©2011 Wendy Leigh, Barbara Eden (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Jan Naestved, Denmark 05-30-11
    Jan Naestved, Denmark 05-30-11
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    "Polite,funny and honest."

    I wasn not born until 2 years after the last episode of Jeannie was aired. I did however watch the series during the 80. and loved it. For some reason Barbara made a lasting impression on me, so when i read that she had released an autobiography, i bought it immediately. This biography is well written and very honest. She is polite and although Barbara does dish out a little bit she is, with few exeptions, very polite and always has something positive to say about everyone mentioned in the book. She narrates the book herself smiling, laughing and even crying through the pages.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 04-18-11
    Amazon Customer Austin, TX, United States 04-18-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "My Favorite Jeannie"

    This is an autobiography well worth the wait. Barbara has always been one of my favorite actresses and this book does not disappoint! She was always a natural for the field she went into and this book shows that, even down to the personal little giggles and inflections Barbara puts into her own narration. I grew up on Jeannie and enjoyed every episode that aired. The behind-the-scenes look that she gives us into the making of that series only enhances the experience for me, even after all these years. I couldn't think of a better reader for Barbara's book than the lady herself. This was a great listen and worth the credit spent on it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Highland Village, TX, United States 04-02-12
    Deborah Highland Village, TX, United States 04-02-12
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    "Classy book, no lurid details"

    Nicely told story, spoken with true passion of a life lived with much success but an equal amount of tragedy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    keith newark, OH, United States 12-19-11
    keith newark, OH, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Jeannie Out of the Bottle to be better than the print version?

    I can't Imagine the print version being any better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ms. Eden is so personable and so warm and cheerful it is impossible not like this book


    What about Barbara Eden’s performance did you like?

    Again she is wonderful always has been.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall a great read and heart warming.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is enjoyable and an easy read for anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 10-16-11
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Light and fun...everybody loves Jeannie"

    Everybody loves Jeannie and if so, you will enjoy her book also.
    This is on a par with Betty White's book which I enjoyed also.
    My personal taste runs to more serious and educational books
    but in between these I need to take a break and enjoy quicker and
    more entertaining reads. Jeannie was fun and enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jamesh-lantern-media Scotch Plains, NJ 09-05-14
    jamesh-lantern-media Scotch Plains, NJ 09-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Perfect book by a classy lady"
    Where does Jeannie Out of the Bottle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jeannie Out of the Bottle is one of my favorite audiobooks... I owned the hardcover, but never got around to reading it, but the audio book was a pleasure to listen to on my commute


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jeannie Out of the Bottle?

    Lot of great moments in the book, but when Ms Eden started talking bad about Husband #2 Chuck, I was surprised... Normally these books avoid controversy like that and it surprised me (in a good way)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes are when talked about her meetings with Elvis and Marilyn and how lonely they were. And when Ms Eden played Vegas she realized exactly that feeling. But then she had soup with George Burns - which was a great turnaround.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ms Eden - who doesn't like people to see her cry, started to break down when telling the story of her son's passing. Got a little misty myself..


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Eden has such a sweet voice and personality, and whenever she was telling a pleasant story, she would chuckle to herself. I loved hearing it because she is a wonderful and classy lady

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 09-08-11
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not a fan"

    I am a huge fan of biographies and expected more from this book. It may have helped if someone else narrated it as her overly cutesy voice and all the "Jeannie Blinks" that took you back in the story were annoying. I didn't finish listening to it and don't recommend it.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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