Barbara Eden is an American film and television actress and singer who is best known for her starring role in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Eden was born Barbara Jean Morehead in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of Alice Mary and Hubert Henry Morehead. Her parents divorced when she was 3, she and her mother Alice moved to San Francisco where later her mother married Harrison Connor Huffman, a telephone lineman. The Great Depression deeply affected the Huffman family, and as they were unable to afford many luxuries, Barbara’s mother entertained the children by singing songs. This musical background left a lasting impression on the actress, who began taking acting classes because she felt it might help her improve her singing.
She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco in 1951, and was elected Miss San Francisco in 1951. Barbara also entered the Miss California pageant, but did not win.
Eden made featured appearances on television shows such as The Johnny Carson Show, The West Point Story, Highway Patrol, Private Secretary, I Love Lucy, The Millionaire, , Crossroads,