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'I Dream Of Jeannie': 20 Fun Facts You Don't Know About The Show

I Dream of Jeannie, a beloved NBC sitcom from 1965 to 1970, tells the love story of a genie named Jeannie and a man that found her magic lamp. Now 50 years after the show's awful ending, what behind-the-scenes stories did the show's producer hide? Here are 20 revealed fun facts that even the show's biggest fans didn't know.

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1. Barbara Eden Was Pregnant For The Show's First Few Episodes

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During the first 10 episodes after the show's pilot in 1965, Barbara Eden, the player of Jeannie, was actually pregnant. She covered up her baby bump even in her thinly and scantily clad costume.

2. Larry Hagman Learned The Show's Cancellation From A Studio Guard

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After finishing the filming of the show's fifth season, Larry Hagman went on vacation in South America. Upon his return, Hagman was told by a guard that the show was cancelled when he went to grab something from his dressing room.

3. The First Season Didn't Even Have A Theme Song

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The show's iconic theme song came in the debut of the second season. The first season was in black and white, but it was later remade in color, and the theme song was added.

4. Eden Thought Jeannie Getting Married Was A Huge Mistake

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Eden didn't agree on the marriage between Jeannie and Tony. She thought Jeannie wasn't human, and if they got married, the sexual tension that made the show great would be broken.

5. Barbara Eden Acted As A Lion Whisperer

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On set when the lion came into play, Eden got along well with the mighty jungle cat, but Hagman was not that lucky. He was greeted with loud roars.

6. Phil Spector Was On The Show Before He Became A Murderer

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Music producer Phil Spector made an appearance on the episode where Jeannie tries becoming a singer. Though the credits list him as "Steve Davis," he is referred to by the characters as his real name.

7. The Original Story Was That Jeannie Was Turned Into A Genie

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Originally, the story had Jeannie as a mortal woman who declined to marry Blue Djinn, and as a result, Blue was so mad about her rejection that he turned her into a genie and forced her to live in a bottle.

8. The Show's First Season Marked The Last TV Show To Be Filmed In Black And White

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It almost seemed like that the theme song of the show helped transform network TV shows from black and white to color!

9. Did You Ever Notice How Jeannie And Tony Never Closed A Bedroom Door?

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In the show, Jeannie and Tony never closed a bedroom door. That's because the censorship rules were so strict that they required Jeannie to be shown leaving the room. Funny business!

10. Jeannie's Evil Dark Haired Twin Sister Was Also Played By Barbara Eden

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Do you still remember Jeannie's evil twin sister with dark hair? She was actually also played by Barbara Eden. Lots of fans didn't realize this.

11. Eden Also Wasn't Afraid Of The Deadly Animal

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When the lion roared, everyone ran in terror, but Eden didn't flinch, and she even petted it and calmed it down to get the perfect shot. Barbara Eden was not just a lion whisper. She also got along well with deadly animals.

12. The Pilot Episode Was Filmed In Freezing Conditions

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The pilot episode of the show was filmed in the middle of winter in Zuma Beach, Malibu, set to represent a desolate island in the South Pacific. Still, Eden said she loved the episode the most.

13. The Proclivities Of The Main Characters Were Often Questioned

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Neither Eden nor Hagman wanted Jeannie and Tony to get married. "Here's a guy who's square and there's this beautiful, gorgeous woman putting the make on him all the time and he says, 'No, no, no I have my career,'" Hagman once said.

14. Jeannie's Harem Costumes Were Constantly Getting Destroyed

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Many of Jeannie's harem costumes were destroyed from getting caught on her heels, so the costume designers had their work cut out for them. Following the show's ending, few outfits survived.

15. Barbara Eden Kept The Original Jeannie Bottle In A Bank Vault

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Barbara Eden kept the original Jeannie bottle in her personal bank vault for a long time before she donated the bottle to the Smithsonian in D.C.. It's one of the most popular TV props in history, so no wonder!

16. Jeannie's Bottle Wasn't Exactly A High-Tech Prop

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In spite of its fame, the bottle was actually a simply crafted Jim Beam decanter. The old bottle was carefully hand painted and decorated at a cost of several hundred dollars.

17. Jeannie's Belly Button Wasn't Allowed To Show

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The strict censorship rules forbade Jeannie to show her belly button. Cleavage is just ok, but belly buttons? Oh my god, no!

18. The Entire Set Was Burned Down When Production Ended

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Burning down the set following show cancellations was actually common practice in Hollywood back then. It's expensive to store the props of the set, so burning everything down was cost effective.

19. The Publicity Stunt Nobody Actually Wanted

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A week before the wedding episode aired, NBC staged a fake wedding at an Air Force base, and they even invited TV writers to attend the wedding. Unexpectedly, nobody liked the episode, so it was cancelled shortly after.

20. The TV Show Was Inspired By A Movie

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The hit show was inspired by the 1964 comedy, The Brass Bottle that also featured Barbara Eden. The movie was the idea for the series' premise, not Bewitched like many thought.

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