Barbara Eden was born Barbara Jean Moorhead in Tucson, Arizona; although by age three she would become Barbara Jean Huffman due to her mother's marriage to Connor Huffman.
Eden was a cheerleader in high school and a pop singer as a teenager
She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco in 1949.
Eden made featured appearances on popular television shows such as I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, Bachelor Father, and Gunsmoke. Later, she signed to play her most famous and widely-recognized role, the character of "Jeannie" in the television sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Eden starred as a magical genie named "Jeannie" set free from her bottle by astronaut "Major Anthony Nelson" - played by Larry Hagman. The show proved to be a huge success, running from 1965 until 1970,
She continued to appear regularly on television and starred in the feature film Harper Valley PTA based on the popular country song. This led to a namesake television series in 1981, in both movie and TV series, she played the show's hero, Stella Johnson.
In 1991, Eden had a recurring role in five episodes of the final season of Dallas, playing the character Lee Ann de la Vega, reuniting her with her I Dream of Jeannie co-star Larry Hagman.
She also made appearances in the last few seasons of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as the evil family matriarch, "Aunt Irma".
Eden married first husband Michael Ansara in 1958 and divorced him in 1972. The couple had a son, Matthew Ansara, born August 29, 1965. She married Charles Donald Fegert on September 3, 1977, and divorced him in 1983. She married her current husband, Jon Eicholtz, in January 1991.