Barbara Eden Biography: Age, Net Worth, Wikipedia, Height, Siblings, Husband, Children, Movie

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye March 7, 2024

Barbara Eden is a legendary actress and singer who enchanted millions of viewers with her portrayal of Jeannie, a beautiful and mischievous genie, in the classic sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

She is also known for her roles in films such as Flaming Star, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Harper Valley PTA, as well as her musical career and stage performances.


  • Full name: Barbara Jean Morehead
  • Date of birth: August 23, 1931
  • Age: 93 years old
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of birth: Tucson, Arizona, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress and singer
  • Height: 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
  • Parents: Alice Mary (née Franklin) and Hubert Henry Morehead
  • Siblings: Alison Scanlon (half-sister)
  • Spouse: Jon Eicholtz (m. 1991), Charles Fegert (m. 1977; div. 1982), Michael Ansara (m. 1958; div. 1974)
  • Children: Matthew Ansara (son, deceased)
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $10 million

Early Life and Education

Barbara Eden, now 93 years old, was born on August 23, 1931, in Tucson, Arizona. She is a descendant of Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States’ Founding Fathers.

Her parents divorced when she was three years old, and she moved with her mother to San Francisco, California. She has a half-sister named Alison Scanlon from her mother’s second marriage.

She attended Abraham Lincoln High School, where she was active in drama and choir. She also studied singing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and acting with the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre.

She won the Miss San Francisco contest in 1951 and participated in the Miss California pageant.

Personal Life

Barbara Eden has been married three times in her life. Her first husband was Michael Ansara, an actor of Syrian descent, whom she married in 1958. They had a son named Matthew, who was born in 1965.

However, their marriage divorced in 1974 due to their busy and conflicting schedules. Matthew struggled with drug addiction and died of an accidental overdose in 2001 at the age of 35.

Her second husband was Charles Fegert, a Chicago Sun-Times executive, whom she married in 1977. They divorced in 1982 after allegations of his infidelity and abuse.

Her third and current husband is Jon Eicholtz, a real estate developer, whom she married in 1991. They have been together for over 30 years and live in Beverly Hills, California.


Barbara Eden began her career as a singer, performing in nightclubs and casinos. She also appeared in television shows, such as The Johnny Carson Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and Perry Mason. She made her film debut in 1956 in the musical comedy Back from Eternity.

She then starred in several films, such as Flaming Star (1960), opposite Elvis Presley, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962), and The Brass Bottle (1964).

Her breakthrough role came in 1965 when she was cast as Jeannie, a 2,000-year-old genie who falls in love with an astronaut, in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

The show was a huge success, running for five seasons and 139 episodes and making Eden a household name and a sex symbol. She also sang the show’s theme song and wore the iconic pink harem costume, which Jean Louis designed.

After the show ended in 1970, Eden continued to work in television and film, appearing in projects such as The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971), The Amazing Dobermans (1976), Harper Valley PTA (1978), A Brand New Life (1979), and The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick (1988).

She also reprised her role as Jeannie in two reunion movies, I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991).

She also pursued her musical career, releasing an album titled Miss Barbara Eden in 1967 and performing in various musicals and concerts, such as The Sound of Music, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She also wrote an autobiography, Jeannie Out of the Bottle, published in 2011.


Barbara Eden was nominated for Best TV Star—Female in 1967 and 1970 for two Golden Globe awards for her role in I Dream of Jeannie.

She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 2017.

She has also been honored by various organizations, such as the American Legion, the USO, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Net Worth

Barbara Eden has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

She has earned her wealth from her acting and singing career and her endorsements and appearances.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @officialbarbaraeden
  • Twitter: @Barbara_Eden


  • Back from Eternity
  • Flaming Star
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
  • The Brass Bottle
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • The Feminist and the Fuzz

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