After yet another jaunt on stage, Eden was trying to figure out what she should do next. She found a guest-starring role in the Lifetime series “Army Wives,” a drama series that follows the lives of four army wives, one army husband, and their families. It turns out there might have been a little nepotism at work when it came to this job – the show was written and produced by Eden’s niece, Katherine Fugate.
Then, in 2008, Eden decided to film a made-for-TV movie, “Always & Forever,” with the Hallmark Channel. It was released in 2009, and she stars as Mary Anderson, and this project was small enough to not even earn a page on Wikipedia. It was…okay, is what we’re seeing. Eden played the main character’s mom.
Using Her Voice
While it’s likely that Eden's most popular attributes are her good looks, she’s also used her voice for a couple of different things, and not just singing! She’s also known for doing a little bit of voice work on animated shows, such as the children’s TV series “Shimmer and Shine.” In the show, Eden voices a teacher who is also a genie. She helps the main characters rescue a princess from a crystal cave.
We’re starting to feel like the poor gal has been a little typecast! Eden also voices the same character in a season-three episode called “Samira and Zeta,” revealing that Eden’s character was a teacher at Genie Hall, which is where a bunch of the main characters, including the main antagonist, go to school.
A Play With an Old Friend
In her old age, Barbara Eden seemed to be enjoying the stage more and more. Maybe it was being able to work directly in front of fans. Maybe it was the lack of cameras. Whatever it was, she even got her old friend Larry Hagman in on the fun as well. Apparently, audiences just couldn’t get enough of these two acting together. Of course, they had years and years of experience and chemistry working together. For that reason, the two of them performed in 2006 on the stage, rather than the screen.
It was a play called “Love Letters,” and there were apparently a pair of performances at Staten Island College and West Point. Hagman had already performed the play in the nineties. Eden would reprise her role in 2013 for a special one-night-only show and then again in 2019.
A True Star
Barbara Eden has bounced around from one project to the next, never really staying put, and only a few of the things she put her time into are remembered nowadays. But she still earned her place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She might not have ever succeeded in getting an Oscar, a Tony, or a Grammy (though that wasn’t very likely anyway), but she still got her name down Hollywood Boulevard.
Barbara Eden had her star right between Roger Wagner and actor Barry Fitzgerald in 1988. She’s sung, acted, made magic, and made us laugh, and one of the great things about the Hollywood Walk of Fame is it doesn’t require you to have all that critical fame and awards. If people loved you, you might just get a spot.
Missing Her Captain Nelson
In 2012, Larry Hagman passed away due to complications from acute myeloid leukemia. In response to the news, Eden looked back on her first day of shooting for “I Dream of Jeannie.” It was apparently very cold that day, and Eden could still remember what it was like that very first day. Larry had become the center of so many fun, shocking, and wild moments.
Eden knew that those moments would live with her forever, even if she wouldn’t be able to see him anymore. She called him one of the most intelligent actors she had ever worked with and also said that he was incredibly savvy about the business side of things – and also admitted that she was not. It was barely even work acting opposite him in “I Dream of Jeannie.”