Barbara Eden (born Barbara Jean Morehead; August 23, 1931) is an American actress, singer, and producer best known for her starring role as “Jeannie” in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
Eden was born on August 23, 1931, in Tucson, Arizona, to Alice Mary (née Franklin) and Hubert Henry Morehead. (For decades, her year of birth was thought to be 1934.) After her parents’ divorce, she and her mother moved to San Francisco, where her mother married Harrison Connor Huffman, a telephone lineman, by whom she had a daughter, Eden’s half-sister.
The Great Depression deeply affected the family and, as they were unable to afford many luxuries, Alice entertained her children with singing.