Genie costume still fits Barbara Eden, much to the delight of Bill Clinton
“I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden needed themed garb last year for the 21st Life Ball HIV/AIDS charity gala in Vienna, Austria. The theme was “1001 Nights” and she agreed for a costume designer to help, but to make one that covered her up. “As I was packing, a girlfriend said, do you have your genie costume?” She did, tried it on, it fit and she packed it. Upon reaching New York, she tried on the costume designed for her. “I can’t even explain it. It was so awful,” she said. It involved “a helmet and armor.” She wore the genie crop-top and pantaloons instead.
“I was embarrassed but it was fun,” she said, adding that “President Clinton liked it.”He grabbed my hand and said, ‘I have to tell you, Elton John and I were sitting backstage and saying, do you remember when you and I were in college and watching that?’ That was a great awakening,” she said.
Eden spoke Wednesday between rehearsals for her encore appearance in Jacksonville. This time, Eden will star in “Social Security,” a comedy that opens Wednesday at Alhambra Theatre & Dining. The last time, she was mistress of ceremonies in January 1996 when Jacksonville celebrated reaching a metro area population of 1 million people. Eden said Wednesday she didn’t remember a great deal from that event, which was a quick trip. She’ll have more time this visit. Eden is in town rehearsing for the show, which is at the theater through June 8.
The shows run Tuesday-Sunday, with two on Saturday and Sunday.
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