The Show “I Dream of Jeannie”, Cast, Pictures, and Trivia!
This series is about an astronaut, Captain Tony Nelson, whose one-man capsule comes down near a deserted island in the South Pacific
Once on the beach, he notices an unusual bottle that rolls back and forth by itself. He picks it up, takes off the stopper and rubs the bottle. A moment later, smoke comes billowing out and a genie wearing a pink harem outfit, pops out and kisses Tony on the lips. At first, they are unable to communicate, as Jeannie cannot speak English, but soon after, he makes a wish that she was able to and all of a sudden, she can. He then asks her to send a recovery helicopter, at which point she blinks and does just that. Before leaving her, he tells her she is now free, however, having already fallen in love with him, she decides to go with him by rolling her bottle into his bag. And thus, their relationship begins.
Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman)-Tony is an astronaut with the United States Air Force. When his one-man capsule landed in unplanned territory, he finds the bottle containing a genie in it. Though he tries to let her go, she, unbeknownst to him at first, decides to go with him. Once he is home, he keeps her mostly in her bottle; however, it is not long before he allows her out to live her life. The only problem being that her life is mostly devoted to his and her love for him only deepens that devotion. Her love for him as well as her deep desire to fulfill her ancient heritage as a genie also causes problems in other areas of his life, for which he is constantly trying to cover things up. Due to this, his behavior sometimes appears strange to others and is noticed by NASA’s resident psychiatrist, Dr. Alfred Bellows. Although Dr. Bellows always tries to prove to his superiors that Tony is either insane or at the very least hiding something, he is never quite able to manage it and Tony’s job with NASA is kept secured.
Jeannie (Barbara Eden)-Jeannie is a “genie” who is finally released from her bottle after being trapped for 2,000 years, when Captain Tony Nelson discovers it and opens it up. She immediately falls in love with him and devotes her life to her new master. She is blond and beautiful with a huge smile and a desire to have Tony all to herself. Because of this, one of the first things she does is to end Tony’s engagement to his commanding general’s daughter. One special fact about her is that if she is in a small confined space, she is unable to use her powers. This is something that Tony uses as a means of curbing her sometimes outlandish behavior on many different occasions.
Roger Healey (Bill Daily)-Roger is the best friend of Tony Nelson and a fellow astronaut. He is a captain as well, with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He is unaware of Tony’s secret when he first returns home, but upon finding out, he steals Jeannie so that he can be rich and live a life of ease and luxury. Unfortunately for Roger, Tony soon reclaims her, leaving Roger disappointed. Though he is respectful of Tony as her master after that, there are times now and then, when he still expresses his wish to have Jeannie and her enormous powers for his own selfish use. But, all in all, Roger is a good and kind friend to both Tony and Jeannie throughout the years.
Dr. Alfred Bellows (Hayden Rorke)-Dr. Bellows is NASA’s resident psychiatrist and a Colonel with the United States Air Force. He is convinced that Tony is either crazy or hiding something. Unfortunately for him, he is never able to prove either of these things, which tends to make him feel just a little bit ‘crazy’ himself.
Amanda Bellows (Emmaline Henry)-Mrs. Bellows is the wife of psychiatrist, Dr. Alfred Bellows. A kind and attractive woman, she also seems to think that Tony Nelson is just a little bit strange, due to the odd behavior that he seems to so often display. This, of course, is done while trying to cover up Jeannie’s many different escapades.
This show is cute and light-hearted. It gives you romance combined with fantasy and never gets too serious. I give this show 7 out of 10.
Tony Nelson-Larry Hagman
Roger Healey-Bill Daily
Dr. Alfred Bellows-Hayden Rorke
Amanda Bellows-Emmaline Henry
General Peterson-Barton MacLane
General Schaeffer-Vinton Hayworth
Henry Tracy-Woodrow Parfrey
Bartender-Joseph V. Perry
Arabian Reverend-Benny Rubin
Air Policeman #2-Jerry Shane
Allen Kerr-Paul Lynde
Congressman Widdicomb-Jack Smith
Burly Nurse-Jane Dulo
Biff Jellico-Michael Ansara
Miss Murphy-Ila Britton
Hamid-Frank De Vol
Jude Miller-J. Pat O’Malley
Sam Farrow-William Bassett
Captain Yardley-Dabney Coleman
Dean Geller-Booth Colman
Mr. Phillips-Ted di Corsia
General Whetherby-Harold Gould
Judy Carne as Herself
Larry Hagman’s ranch in Ojai, California was called, “Heaven”.
Though Barbara Eden starred in many films, she is best known for I Dream of Jeannie. But she did co-star as one of Elvis Presley’s leading ladies in the film, “Flaming Star”.
Bill Daily (Roger Healey) was drafted into the Korean War, where he served in an artillery unit. He also performed entertainment shows at numerous units with actor and musician Dick Contino.
Larry Hagman (Major Anthony Nelson) once dated actress Joan Collins of “Dynasty” fame.
The pink harem costume that Barbara Eden wore as Jeannie is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Before Hayden Rorke (Dr. Bellows) appeared on I Dream of Jeannie or other television shows, he did work in major films as well as on Broadway.
In 2001, Larry Hagman wrote his autobiography entitled, “Hello Darlin’: Tall (and absolutely True) Tales About My Life.)
In 2002, Barbara Eden (Jeannie) accepted an invitation from President Bush to come to the annual “Lighting of the National Christmas Tree” event at the White House. She sang, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, as well as hosted the show and pageant with the President and First Lady.
Bill Daily was a regular on “The Bob Newhart Show”.
Emmaline Henry (Amanda Bellows) did a guest spot on I Dream of Jeannie in season 1, before she was ever cast as Amanda Bellows.
In the episode entitled, “My Poor Master the Civilian”, they show (via Jeannie) what Tony’s life would look like if he took a civilian job and quit the space program. One of the sets used for his ‘office’ is the same set that is used for the office of Darrin Stephens on “Bewitched“.
Larry Hagman was in the United States Air Force and produced as well as directed several series.
Barbara Eden’s memoir, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle”, was published in 2011.
Because NBC did not really think that the series would last past the first season, they refused to film season one in color, due to the extra expense. Sidney Sheldon, who created the series, said in his autobiography, “The Other Side Of Me”, that he offered to pay the extra money (US$400 per episode) in order to have it filmed in color from the beginning. However, Jerry Hyams, an executive at Screen Gems Television (one of the production companies for the series) said to Sheldon, “Sidney, don’t throw your money away.”
Larry Hagman is actress Bridget Fonda’s godfather.
Barbara Eden’s husband, Michael Ansara, directed one episode of the series and guest-starred in three of them.
Remarkably, Hayden Rorke’s final screen appearance was in 1985, on the reunion movie, “I Dream of Jeannie…. Fifteen Years Later”.
Before Bill Daily’s television popularity, he was well-known as a stand-up comedian.
Though Larry Hagman did not appear on either of the I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies, he did appear on several promotional events and reunion shows with Barbara Eden, Bill Daily or both.
Barbara Eden was married three times and had one child, a son named, Matthew. Before giving birth to her son, Eden had a miscarriage as well as a baby that was stillborn.
Larry Hagman is best known for his work on the television series “Dallas“, as the underhanded and somewhat evil Texas oil man, “J.R. Ewing”. He was the only actor on Dallas to star in every single episode. This also gave him the record for the most consecutive appearances by a leading actor in a 1 hour long prime time dramatic series, at 357.
During the filming of season one, Barbara Eden was pregnant. Because of her rather skimpy outfit, this made it rather difficult to get around. So to disguise this, they did close-up shots or used a rather ample veil to cover her front.
Larry Hagman was a devoted “Sopranos” fan.
Bill Daily had two chances at having his own show but neither one worked out. He did, however, have a recurring role on the cult favorite, ALF, as Larry the psychiatrist.
Barbara Eden’s mother, Alice Huffman, died in November of 1986 of lung cancer. As they had always been very close, Eden took care of her mother personally, until her death.
The home used for Tony Nelson is still standing today. It is located on Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, California, where it is now being used as the Ranch Operations Office. Despite a few small cosmetic changes, the house is almost exactly the same as it was almost 50 years ago.
As a result of heavy drinking, Larry Hagman had to have a liver transplant in 1995, due to cirrhosis. He spent seven weeks in the hospital and had a sixteen hour operation but thankfully it saved his life. One year after his transplant, Hagman served as the National Spokesperson for the 1996 U.S. Transplant Games. He continued serving as an advocate of both transplantation and organ donation until the day he died.
Barbara Eden was the one who chose her harem outfit’s colors as well as the color of the trim on her bottle.
Every single year on Cathy Podewell’s birthday, (one of his wives on Dallas, Cally Ewing) Larry Hagman gave his ex-Dallas co-star flowers.
Barbara Eden was Miss San Francisco of 1951.
Hayden Rorke was the son of stage and screen actress, Margaret Rorke.
Sidney Sheldon’s first choice for an actress for the role of Jeannie was someone with dark hair, because he did not want too much similarity between Jeannie and the character of “Samantha” on “Bewitched“. However, Sheldon could not find anyone to play the character the way he had written her and Barbara Eden had impressed him in the movie, “The Brass Bottle”, which coincidentally, was where he came up with the idea for the series to begin with.
Emmaline Henry died in October of 1979 of brain cancer, at the age of only 50 years old.
Larry Hagman served as the chairperson of the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout” from the years of 1981 to 1992. He was a resolute non-smoker after he quit. He was also a great supporter of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
According to Barbara Eden in her autobiography, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle”, on her navel: “It wasn’t an issue until the media made it an issue.”
Larry Hagman met actress Donna Mills while working on the short-lived series, “The Good Life” in 1971. The two remained best friends for 41 years, until the day Larry died. She also worked on the series “Knots Landing” with him several years later.
Barbara Eden made a guest appearance on the “I Love Lucy” show, Lucille Ball wanted to put her under contract but Barbara signed with 20th Century Fox instead.
Hayden Rorke was gay and had a longtime partner, director Justus Addiss.
When Larry Hagman was young, his idol was actor, Jim Davis. Davis, of course, would go on to play Hagman’s television father on Dallas until his death in 1981. He kept the portrait of Davis hanging in his home until his death.
The smoke effect in the first season when it was filmed in black and white was usually a screen overlay of billowing smoke mixed sometimes with animation. When the series’ first started becoming colorized, they would use pure animation for the effect. Later, they graduated to a live smoke pack, which lifted out of Jeannie’s bottle on a wire.
Larry Hagman died on November 23, 2012, at the age of 81. He died from complications due to throat cancer at Medical City Dallas Hospital. Both Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray were at his bedside when he died.
Barbara Eden traveled with the legendary Bob Hope to the middle-east during the Persian Gulf War, to perform for the combat troops.
Bill Daily appeared in both of the I Dream of Jeannie reunion movies.
The characters of both Tony and Roger were promoted from the rank of captain to major during the very first season.
Hayden Rorke enlisted in the army during World War II, where he debuted in his first film called, and “This is the Army” with future President Ronald Reagan.
The harem shoes that Jeannie wore were made by Neiman Marcus. They were made in three different colors: pink for Jeannie, green for Jeannie’s evil twin sister (Jeannie II) and white. Decorated initially with beads and lace, the insole on them read, “Taj From India”.
Larry Hagman used to visit the home of Patrick Duffy’s parents when he was just a teenager, before Patrick was even born. It was Hagman who suggested that he (Patrick) audition for Dallas. The two were good friends during the run of Dallas and remained that way afterward. Additionally, it was Hagman who convinced Duffy to return to Dallas after he had left the show the previous season, which turned out later to be the “dream season”.
Barbara Eden guest-starred on the popular Lifetime series, “Army Wives”.
Larry Hagman was married to his wife, Maj Axelsson, for nearly 60 years at the time of his death. They had two children together.
Barbara Eden put on her ‘Jeannie’ costume at the 21st Life Ball in Vienna at the age of 78. She was escorted on stage by former Olympic swimmer, Greg Louganis and popular singer, Fergie. After she did her blink and nod gesture, President Bill Clinton appeared.
Even though the series was supposed to be taking place in Florida, around Cape Kennedy and Cocoa Beach, it was actually filmed for the most part in California. The crew actually made only two visits to Florida’s Space Coast, both times were in 1969. The first time was in June for a parade, where the cast was escorted to the Cocoa Beach City Hall, they were then taken to Cape Canaveral where Barbara Eden pressed a button, launching a Loki-Dart weather rocket. Later that night, they went to Lee Caron’s Carnival Club where Eden kissed astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the cheek. The second time was in November for a mock wedding between Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden, staged for television writers for the December airing of the episode where Tony and Jeannie get married on the show. The Florida Governor at the time, Claude Kirk, came as well and cut the cake for them. In 1996, after almost thirty years, Barbara Eden returned to the area as a featured speaker for “Space Days at the Kennedy Space Center”. She was then presented with a street sign that read, “I Dream of Jeannie Lane”. It was put up later on a small street off A1A near Lori Wilson Park.
Larry Hagman offered to pay for actor Robert Downey Jr.’s drug rehab in 1996, after Downey asked Hagman if he could borrow $100,000.
Barbara Eden’s son, Matthew Ansara, died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 2001.
The bottle used for Jeannie was not specifically made for the show. It was actually a special Christmas 1964 Jim Beam liquor decanter that held “Beam’s Choice” bourbon whiskey in it. How the bottle actually became the one used for the show is something of a mystery however, as there are several plausible stories. In the second season, once the show became colorized, they started using a bottle painted purple, which they used for the rest of the series as well as the movies that followed. There were numerous bottles painted and used throughout the series and Larry Hagman, Bill Daily and Barbara Eden each own one.
Larry Hagman, as a test of his self-discipline, refused to speak for one day each week.
Emmaline Henry, despite playing many roles in which she was a wife, never married.
Before Larry Hagman would sign an autograph for a fan, he would make them tell him a joke or sing him a song. His reasoning was that he did it to get something back from his fans.
Hayden Rorke died of multiple myeloma in 1987.
Bill Daily has been married three times and has three children, two of whom are adopted.
After Larry Hagman’s death, his ashes were cremated and scattered on the Southfork Ranch located in Parker, Texas.