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Jeannie the Genie - Beautiful blond genie dressed in a harem costume on the fantasy series I DREAM OF JEANNIE/NBC/1965-70.

Barbara Eden as Jeannie - I DREAM OF JEANNIE

Born in Baghdad on April 1, 64 BC, Jeannie was imprisoned by the powerful Blue Djinn when she refused his proposal of marriage. Her punishment was to be turned into a genie, imprisoned in a bottle and forced to live an eternity of loneliness.

Some two thousand years later, Tony Nelson, a NASA astronaut crash-lands on a desert island and finds her bottle on the beach while attempting to make an SOS rescue signal. When he pulls the stopper from the bottle, out comes a stream of pink smoke which transforms into a gorgeous genie who speaks the words that most men would long to hear..."Thou may ask anything of thy slave, Master."

Tony Finds a Bottle on the Beach

Jeannie Vows Her Allegiance

Tony opens a bottle he finds on the beach Jeannie materializes and vows her allegiance

Now Tony was not your everyday animal, he was a gentleman and so he declined the genie's generous offer and set her free. Seeing that Tony was something special, she hitched a ride back to the mainland on the helicopter that she just "zapped" up from nowhere and soon took up residence at Tony's bachelor pad at 1020 Palm Drive in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Tony: Jeannie's turned against me.
Roger: She can't turn against you. You're her master. She has to obey you.
Nelson: Yeh, who says so?
Roger: I don't know, maybe it's in the genie manual.
Tony: Then how come she's deliberately disobeyed me...
Roger: Maybe she wasn't issued a genie manual

With the ability to create any needed object with the blink of an eye and to travel through time and space, Jeannie treated Tony to a non-stop roller coaster ride of strange encounters and adventures. Despite all the traumas and near heart attack situations that Jeannie put Tony through, the two soon came to love one another and were married on December 2, 1969.

Roger Healy

Tony with Jeannie

Roger Healy Jeannie and Tony Dr. Bellows

The only other person who knew the true identity and abilities of Jeannie was astronaut Roger Healey, Tony's best friend. Dr. Alfred Bellows, a NASA psychiatrist, at times saw some of the incredible magic that Jeannie displayed, but he could never quite get anyone else to believe him or discover its source.

Other magical characters to pop into Tony Nelson's home were Jeannie's mischievous dark-haired twin sister, who also coveted the affections of Tony Nelson; Great Uncle Sule of Bensengi; Uncle Asmir; Jeannie's father; and Djinn Djinn, Jeannie's, ferocious little dog who turns invisible and chomps at the pant legs of anyone wearing a uniform.

Tony Nelson and Jeannie
Tony Nelson and Jeannie

TRIVIA NOTE: Barbara Eden reprised her role as Jeannie in the made for TV movies I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (10/25/85) with Jeannie and Tony (Wayne Rogers) as parents of teenagers; and in I Still Dream of Jeannie (fall of 1991) where Jeannie searched for a temporary new master. There was also an animated Saturday morning cartoon spin off JEANNIE/CBS/1973-75 where a teenage surfer found a bottle containing a genie (voice of Julie McWhirter). A remake of this classic 60s sitcom is planned for 2008 release.


Cast Credits

Barbara Eden as Jeannie/Twin Sister
Larry Hagman as Capt./Maj. Anthony Nelson
Bill Daily as Capt./Maj. Roger Healey
Hayden Rorke as Col. Alfred E. Bellows, MD
Emmaline Henry as Amanda Bellows
Vinton Hayworth as Gen. Winfield Schaeffer
Barton MacLane as Gen. Martin Peterson
Philip Ober as Gen. Wingard Stone
Woodrow Parfrey as Mr. Murdock / Mr. Farber
Jane Dulo as Major Margaret Fiefield
/ Julia
Jack Smith as Congressman Widdicomb
/ Reverand Weems
Arthur Adams as Policeman / Campbell
Jackie Coogan as Great Uncle Sule of Bensengi
Ronald Long as Uncle Asmir
Michael Ansara as Blue Djinn
Henry Corden as Jeannie's Father

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