‘I Dream of Jeannie’: Barbara Eden Reveals Why Larry Hagman ‘Relieved Himself All Over’ the Set

by Jeremy Spirogis
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I Dream of Jeannie starred Barbara Eden because the 2000-year-old blonde genie (named Jeannie, after all) who will get rescued from her bottle by Major Tony Nelson, performed by Larry Hagman. The two gained recognition with viewers whereas on the sitcom, but Hagman was by no means proud of the scripts or how his character was developed.

Eden gave some particulars on Hagman’s strategies of venting his frustrations, which regularly went approach out of bounds.

Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman of 'I Dream of Jeannie'
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Larry Hagman strived for fame

Growing up because the son of Broadway star Mary Martin, Hagman had his eyes set on stardom for himself. Executive producer and present creator Sidney Sheldon noticed Hagman’s fervent quest for fame as making a tumultuous work surroundings on the set of I Dream of Jeannie.

“He wished to be the star and he wished it now,” Sheldon wrote in his guide The Other Side of Me. “Larry wanted to show the world that he could be as successful as his mother. The result was that he put himself and everyone else under tremendous pressure.”

In Eden’s 2012 memoir Jeannie Out of the Bottle, she famous Hagman’s drive for stardom would immediate explosive habits from the actor, the place working with him “sometimes felt like I was walking on hot coals.” Yet she had a keenness and respect for her co-star.

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“I want to make it crystal clear that I think Larry Hagman is a terrific actor,” she wrote. “I’d work with him again any day, not just because of his talent but because he is a warm and kind human being.”

‘I Dream of Jeannie’ star skipped the toilet

During the present’s 5 seasons, Hagman typically complained to Sheldon about scripts and even succumbed to mood tantrums. Eden revealed there was one other issue contributing to Hagman’s outbursts.

“Larry himself has made no secret about the truth that he was taking medication and consuming an excessive amount of by means of most of the I Dream of Jeannie years,” Eden shared, including, “and that he has regrets about how that impacted him.”

Eden defined that Sheldon even recruited a therapist to be on set to assist Hagman together with his points, however to no avail. She described one explicit incident the place the actor expressed his vehemence in a surprising method.

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“There is one episode that I don’t think would actually make it onto the air even today,” Eden recalled. “The time when Larry, in frustration and anger at what he noticed because the present’s shortcomings and the second-string standing of his character, Major Tony Nelson relieved himself all around the I Dream of Jeannie set.”

Hagman used one other approach to categorical himself…

Surprisingly, Hagman’s outrageous habits behind the digital camera didn’t get him fired. Eden remembered one other incident the place Hagman selected one other tangible approach to present producers how he actually felt in regards to the I Dream of Jeannie storylines.

“On one unforgettable occasion, when Larry didn’t like a particular script, his answer was to throw up all over the set,” Eden stated. “Nerves? Method acting? I didn’t stick around long enough to find out, but took refuge in the sanctuary of my dressing room instead.”

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I Dream of Jeannie was cancelled after its fifth season, airing its final episode in May 1970. Despite the battle Hagman brought about behind the scenes, Eden nonetheless holds a particular place in her coronary heart for the actor.

“To this day I love and respect Larry,” she wrote, “both as an actor and as a human being.”

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