Barbara Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, went on to become one of America's most endearing and enduring actresses. On April 29, PPB President Alan Perris presented her with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award.
A graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California, Eden would go on to study at San Francisco's City College as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Elizabeth Holloway School of Theatre. While her aspirations as a singer motivated her during her early years for a career in music, it was her starring role in the NBC TV comedy series, "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965) where Barbara Eden immediately gained international acclaim!
While most popular for her role as "Jeannie", Barbara Eden has starred in more than 20 theatrical feature films and made-for-television films. After "Jeannie", she went on to star in many other comical and family productions. including "Harper Valley P.T.A." (1978) and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (1984) among other numerous highly-rated made-for-television movies well into the 1990s. She has also acted in western series and thrillers.
Outside of her film and television works, Barbara Eden headlined a majority of the major hotel resorts and casinos including Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City and Las Vegas. She also was the star attraction at the MGM Grand, Harrah's, Caesar's Palace as well as on concert stages and in legitimate theaters across the country.
During the Persian Gulf War, Barbara traveled with Bob Hope to the middle-east to perform for the combat troops, and then continued on with Hope in a whirlwind eight-day around-the-world USO tour entertaining servicemen during the Christmas season.
One of Hollywood's busiest actresses, Barbara had a starring role in "Always and Forever" (2009), a movie filmed by and for the Hallmark Channel, it was televised numerous times during the year. On the road, she hosted productions of "Ballets with a Twist" (1996), the new groundbreaking show that stars rotating celebrity emcees and dancers from "Dancing with the Stars" (2010)." Barbara Eden has also appeared recently in a recurring role on Lifetime's "Army Wives" (2007) series; guest-starred on ABC's "George Lopez" (2002) and enacted a recurring role on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (1996). During her long career, Barbara has starred in 25 feature films, five network TV series and 19 top-rated network made-for-television movies. She has also been featured in numerous TV commercials.
Currently Eden resides with her architect/real estate developer husband Jon Eicholtz in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills.
Pictured Below Seated, left to right: Hal Linden, Loni Anderson, Honoree Barbara Eden, Dawn Wells and Bill Harris. Standing, left to right: George Schlatter, Peter Marshall and PPB President Alan Perris.