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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Barbara Eden of I Dream of Jeannie Fame to Appear at Castro

Posted on Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Did you know that Barbara Eden grew up in San Francisco? Yes, that Barbara Eden. The Jeannie in I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden. We didn't know that she went to high school and got a couple of years of arts education here. Or that she was chosen Miss San Francisco in 1951. Or that she was married at Grace Cathedral in 1991. Eden will be back next month at the Castro Theatre for an event that includes screenings, a costume contest, belly dancers, and an interview regarding her new book.

In that book, Jeannie Out of the Bottle, we learn that Eden has had an interesting life in show business but has also been through some pretty rough times. Those include a stillborn child, the death of an adult child, and two divorces - one of which came from a husband's drug addiction. It also follows her life through working in the chorus at a Los Angeles supper club, being Johnny Carson's sidekick on TV, and involvement on screen and off with the likes of Larry Hagman, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, and Warren Beatty.

The event at the Castro, "I Dream of Barbara Eden," is scheduled for July 10 at 8 p.m., according to Marc Huestis, the promoter. It will include a Jeannie look-alike contest, a performance by the Garden of Eden Belly Dancing Superstars, an autograph and book-signing session, and a career-highlight reel. Admission is $20-$45.

At noon there will be a screening of 7 Faces of Dr. Lau, in which Eden starred alongside Tony Randall, and an autograph-signing appearance afterward. Admission for that is $6-$12.50.

Neither event is on the Castro's website yet, but you can get tickets at Ticketfly.

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