40 Things You Never Knew About I Dream Of Jeannie

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For five years, fans of I Dream Of Jeannie were treated to new tales starring the titular genie and her love interest, astronaut Tony Nelson. Indeed, it’s perhaps hard to believe that it has now been more than 50 years since the cult show first premiered. But what went on behind the scenes was arguably just as interesting as the on-screen antics. With that in mind, here are some facts that even die-hard fans might have never heard before.

40. Sidney Sheldon didn’t want to cast Barbara Eden – because she was blonde

When it came to finding the perfect Jeannie, creator Sidney Sheldon had a vision of who he wanted to cast. And Barbara Eden simply didn’t fit. At the time, I Dream of Jeannie was in stiff competition with Bewitched, because they were both shows about women with magical powers. That show had a blonde lead actor and Sheldon wanted something different. However, he changed his mind after seeing Eden’s audition.

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