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Jeannie Out of the Bottle

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A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons

 
Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strengt
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Published April 12th 2011 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2011)
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Debbie
May 20, 2012 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I grew up watching Barbara Eden on "I Dream of Jeannie", and I have followed her career ever since. I expected more from this book.

She has interesting stories to tell, and she does tell them. However - unlike the authors of other biographies and memoirs I have read recently - she seems overly-impressed with herself. She reminds us repeatedly that she was/is a beautiful blonde, and she name-drops a lot. Of course if famous people are a part of your life story, those names need to be mentioned. Bu
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Katie Christian
Jul 21, 2011 Katie Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before starting this book, I genuinely liked Barbara Eden. I was, of course, a fan of "I Dream of Jeannie" and I had seen her in several other shows and movies, enjoying them all. That said - I was *shocked* by this book. I've probably read a hundred celebrity autobiographies and they're generally very entertaining. The celebs will admit their mistakes and even when talking about their accomplishments it's in a self-depricating way to relate to the reader. This book omits ALL of those principle ...more
HeavyReader
Dec 31, 2011 HeavyReader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of I Dream of Jeannie, Barbara Eden, and Larry Hagman
This memoir was the first thing I read in 2012. Too bad it was kind of a yawn.

I learned that Larry Hagman was the real diva on the set of I Dream of Jeannie, throwing temper tantrums, getting drunk and stoned during work, even pissing on the set at least once. Other than that, Eden doesn't really share much juicy gossip that I didn't know. What I didn't already know, I didn't much care about.

Yes, yes, the TV censors wouldn't let her show her belly button when she played Jeannie. I already knew t
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Kathryn174
Jun 11, 2011 Kathryn174 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Hi, my name is Barbara Eden. Here are all the famous people I met, no mention of anyone else in my life because they haven't been mentioned on TV or in the movies. All the name dropping is about all I'm good for because I say 'no' to just about everything. Oh and by the way you'll only learn about two, possibly three personal incidents in my life, because between jumping from this year, back to that, flash forward to this other year you'll be so confused that you'll want to slam my book closed ...more
David L.
Apr 10, 2011 David L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great insight to the woman who launched a thousand dreams as the beautiful genie of TV land. Barbara came across as "regular folk" who wasn't aware of how truly gorgeous she really is. I liked her candid stories about what a terror Larry Hagman was on set (a report he confirms was true) and about her ass of a second husband.

My heart really broke for her as she described the horror of having to give birth to a still born baby which she had to carry full term though the baby had died months
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Nicola Mansfield
Oct 02, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: I loved "I Dream of Jeannie" as a kid and really knew nothing else about Barbara Eden, other than the Harper Valley, PTA movie and brief series. I enjoy actor's memoirs from the '70s on back in time and was intrigued to see what Barbara Eden had to say for herself.

Barbara Eden comes off as a very classy, non-Hollywood-type, of lady who has lived a rich and rewarding career, meeting many famous celebrities and enjoying enough success to satisfy herself. She loves to work for t
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Jaime
I checked this out from the library because I was and still am a I Dream Of Jeannie fan. It is pretty much a biography of Barbara Eden's life which does mention a lot of her time spent on I Dream Of Jeannie. In all honesty I felt that she was a little in love with herself the way she was constantly going off about how all these men were falling for her and hitting on her all the time,from Elvis to the smallest nobodies. She was and still is a very attractive woman but there is no way every singl ...more
Mallory Kellogg
So Much More than Jeannie Wow. This was amazing. When most people think of Barbara Eden, they think the bubbly, naive genie in a pink harem costume. But there is so much more. This book covers the gammit. From her very religious, straight-laced childhood to dancing in a chorus line to even singing in Vegas. I had no idea she did all that. Motherhood, heartbreak and courage are just some of the things this book has. I loved every page. And I send my love and prayer to Mrs. Eden for the loss of bo ...more
Michele
This book makes a quick, pleasant read, but it's very shallow. Half of the pages are filled with little more than Eden's name-dropping. Of course that's fine, when she's telling stories about people who truly participated in her life and career (like Sydney Sheldon and Larry Hagman), but when Eden only met Marilyn Monroe for 5 minutes because they shared the same body double, it's hard to justify her decision to spend several pages talking about Ms. Norma Jean, especially since she doesn't even ...more
Marlana Williams
I'm so sorry that so many people disliked this book and rated it so low. I listened to the audiobook and found Barbara quite charming and cute - much like her Jeannie character. In fact, listening to her voice made it even better as she talked about the times she was treated indecently by people such as her crummy first roommate or Harry Belafonte, and it broke my heart to hear the lump in her throat when she spoke about her late son. Barbara has a pleasant, old-school read, and I didn't get any ...more
Bobbi Woods
Don't laugh! I saw this in the NEW section of the library and couldn't resist--I had a little girl crush on Jeannie/Barbara Eden way back when. I dressed as her for Halloween and saw her in a local production of "Annie Get Your Gun!" Not sure why she didn't mention that in her memoir. I was sitting in an aisle seat in which the actors and actresses walked up and down in between scenes. At one point, I caught her attention and said, "HI JEANNIE!" and she was sweet and said "Hi Sweetie!" back to m ...more
Marcy
Jan 14, 2012 Marcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To review this book, unfortunately, I first have to admit that I read this book. I am blushing even as I type this. And for all that humiliation, I can only report that I learned two things from "Jeannie: Out of the Bottle": (1). Larry Hagman was a jerk; (2). Barbara Eden should not write books.
Alan
May 16, 2011 Alan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aspiring Tony Nelsons (or Jeannies); seekers after Hollywood dish
Recommended to Alan by: Some weblog or another... I neglected to make note of which one
I must have become a fan of "I Dream of Jeannie" pretty early in life, though most likely I did not start watching the show until it went into syndication, years after its original television run—at any rate, I cannot remember when I first saw it. The mixture of science fiction (Major Nelson was an astronaut!) with fantasy, and silliness with sexiness, made an indelible mark on me even as a child growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.

Later on, I came to connect Barbara Eden's bubbly Jeannie with Eli
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Elizabeth Newton
Jul 12, 2013 Elizabeth Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually one for autobiographies, but I'm a huge fan of I Dream Of Jeannie and so Mum got this book for me for Christmas. And reading the account of the lovely Barbara Eden was, to put it simply, an absolute joy! The book is written in such an entertaining way, making frequent references to the show I Dream of Jeannie which makes it even easier (for a fan like me) to read. It’s a good non-fiction book for the fiction reader because, (as I assume many autobiographies are) it is just a seri ...more
Marca
May 06, 2011 Marca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy autobiographies and Barbara’s is no exception. I listened to the book on audio and Barbara is the reader, which made it more enjoyable. She has a distinctive pleasant voice with a tinkling laugh. Everything about her exudes “nice person.” She found her talent as a singer at a young age and was able to make a living in the performing arts all her life; something only a few are able to do. She dishes nicely about some of the personalities she’s worked with and tells some funny stories. Lar ...more
Helen McKenna
Having always been a fan of I Dream of Jeannie, I was really keen to read Barbara Eden's autobiography. Right from the first page it drew me in and kept me interested through an easy to read writing style and simple language.

It was interesting to read of Barbara's early years in San Fransisco and how her early ambition in life was to be a singer, rather than an actor. You get the sense that she was very well brought up and is a "lady" (in the old-fashioned sense). In fact her life has been fairl
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Kate Woods Walker
I'm an incredibly forgiving consumer of celebrity autobiographies. Really. Perhaps its because they remind me of my first years as a reader, when I discovered the local Bookmobile and a traveling librarian who let a grade schooler check out Hedy Lamarr's racy autobiography, and more, even more inappropriate, materials.

At any rate, I expect self-serving memory lapses, an avalanche of fudged details and little white lies, and a gauzy overlay of Rebecca-of-Sunnybrook-Farm on even the most debauched
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Louise
Apr 18, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I grew up watching “I Dream of Jeannie” and was mesmerized by it. I always wanted to be able to cross my arms and blink just like Jeannie. However, try as I might, I was never successful.

Barbara Eden has written a beautiful and honest autobiography. From her work as an actress, to her three marriages, to the death of her beloved son, Matthew, Barbara has spoken openly with honesty and integrity.

She talks about the “hungry years” when she was struggling as a chorus girl; the famous and not so fa
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Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
I really enjoyed her autobiography. Many celebrity books are quite boring; the only other I successfully completed and enjoyed was Kristen Chenoweth's. I thought it was very interesting and I still think she is one of the prettiest women on television

Wendy-Lynn
Apr 05, 2011 Wendy-Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie Out of the Bottle by Barbara Eden was just the book I was waiting to read. I loved I Dream of Jeannie when I was little and still do. Ms. Eden discusses her life in film and TV as well as life on the Jeannie set with her costars. Her personal life was not so wonderful as she struggled with many marriages and a son who was addicted to drugs. All in all I loved this book.
Mike
Dec 29, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the autobiography of the actress Barbara Eden. Interesting (to a point), but hardly outstanding. I read it because I watched plenty of "I Dream of Jeannie" whilst growing up. Don't really recommend it, but you could do worse.
Nathalie
Apr 05, 2011 Nathalie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Yes, yes, master!!
Siân
Almost unreadable. Between the jumping back and forward in timelines with a Jeanie blink which got really irritating really quickly and the incessant name dropping there is no substance... Avoid
Alvin
Jul 11, 2016 Alvin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for battling insomnia, though there were a few good parts about Larry Hagman being a total jerk.
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
I guess by the time I started watching I Dream of Jeannie, the shows must have been in reruns, I'm not completely sure; but to me, they were immediate, current and FABULOUS. That's all I knew about Barbara Eden when I read her book -- she was Jeannie, and I wanted to be a jeannie when I was a kid and make my bedroom look like her bottle (my Dad thought I was ridiculous, which was ridiculous!)

This book wasn't the best book as far as writing goes, and it also didn't feel to me as though it dove be
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Clay
Jul 08, 2017 Clay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining but ultimately fluffy memoir of Barbara Eden's life, career, triumphs and tragedies. It was disappointing since, from the title and cover, I assumed there would be more pages devoted to her time on "I Dream of Jeannie." (Her disastrous courtship and marriage to her second husband got the same number of pages.) From the few details provided, it likely would have simply devolved into a litany of 5 years of bad behavior from Larry Hagman, though.
Julie
An interesting look at Barbara Eden's life from her childhood through the death of her son.

Interesting look at the behind-the-scenes of I Dream of Jeannie and her other endeavors. Also of her personal life. Easy to read.

Jack
Jul 14, 2017 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
A nice book

If you are a fan of Ms. Eden's, this is a must read. There is not a ton of dirt; however, she is candid and compelling.
Kimberly Hicks
Dec 15, 2011 Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Amazon
I have always been a fan of Barbara Eden. I never quite knew why I was so drawn to her? Was it her looks? Was it her charm? Was it the character she portrayed? Was it the cute cartoon depiction that opened the show? Although all of those things had me hypnotized, I’d have to say the thing that comes to mind is her realness. There’s something about her that she always personified the down-to-earth type of person, and after having read her memoir, I see I was right about her all along.

I remember t
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Justine Mann
Mar 19, 2017 Justine Mann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed it. Great book for fans of the actress or her IDOJ co-star, L.H..
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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.
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