Barbara Eden gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of the eponymous genie in the classic sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. At the age of 92, the actress continues to defy time, as evidenced by her recent appearance at a gala where she exuded timeless elegance in a stylish pantsuit.
Eden was bestowed with the prestigious Legend Award at the 16th Annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards Gala, held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Sunday, December 3rd.
Of course, images of the supernaturally youthful actress made their way to Social Media. One Twitter user posted a side-by-side image of the current Eden and her I Dream of Jeannie alter ego.
Eden looked stunning in the pictures, radiating a youthful vibe with her fashionable red pantsuit and matching blazer.
Barbara Eden was Honored Alongside Directing Legend Roger Corman
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Press Club also honored several individuals with special awards alongside Eden. These notable recipients included Ava DuVernay, who received the Visionary Award for her humanitarian work.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. was presented with the Luminary Award to recognize his outstanding career achievements. Meanwhile, LeVar Burton was acknowledged with the Distinguished Storyteller Award in Literacy for his excellence in storytelling outside of journalism. Lastly, Roger Corman was awarded the Distinguished Storyteller Award in Film for his exceptional storytelling outside of journalism.
Of course, I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom created by Sidney Sheldon. Barbara Eden headlined as a sultry, 2,000-year-old genie. Meanwhile, Larry Hagman co-starred as an astronaut she falls in love with and eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show aired for 139 episodes over five seasons, from September 18, 1965, to May 26, 1970, on NBC.
In August, Barbara Eden pondered the enduring nature of her career and her unwavering love for the craft of acting. “All through the years, I’ve noticed that many people don’t realize what a joy it is and what a gift it is to be able to work in an arena that you really love,” she explained to People.
“So many people have to work in jobs they hate. They have to do it just for sustenance. [However] aren’t we lucky when we can study for something, enjoy it, and know that other people enjoy it? I think that’s a gift that life gives us if we are willing to work for it.”
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