7/25/11

Mini Skirt Monday #80: Barbara Eden


Harper Valley PTA earns a special place in the miniskirt hall of fame because the song was about a woman wearing a mini, much to the dismay of her judgmental neighbors, and was sung by Jeannie C. Riley, a country singer who always wore mini skirts. 

Well, there was another Jeannie who wore minis - the lady in a bottle played by Barbara Eden (who, incidentally played the lead character in the Harper Valley PTA movie adaptation). The first few years of I Dream of Jeannie saw plenty of miniskirts; however, none were on Jeannie.  Then, around 1968, that all changed.  Eden started sporting a mini in every episode - perhaps wearing it more often than the iconic pink genie outfit!

So, I would be remiss not to have an ongoing vintage miniskirt post series and not include Barbara Eden, who rocked the mini like no other for a few magical years on TV.  Here's some screen grabs for your viewing pleasure. Click to enlarge.
























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21 comments:

  1. LORD HAVE MERCY!!! FYI, I recently finished reading Barbara Eden's autobiography & she goes on and on about how the producers kept her 'covered up' in a bulky one-piece bathing suit (for episodes at the beach) while all the other women got to wear bikinis, because of the 'no belly button' clause in her contract. After seeing this smorgsbord of short skirts and legs, I don't really think she had anything to complain about!

    THIS HAS JUST BECOME MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE RETROSPACE BLOG. Thanks Gilligan!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. AnonymousJuly 25, 2011

    OMG You have totally outdone yourself! I have never posted on a blog before but.....thank you for this.

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  3. My youngest daughter and I have gotten into I Dream of Jeannie after borrowing a season from a friend. What a beauty Barbara Eden is. And I don't think people give Larry Hagman enough credit as a comic actor. His nervous mannerisms are perfect. As for the shot above, some of them are from earlier than 1968. The green and purple outfit is from the episode "The Mod Party" in Season 2.

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  4. I have to agree with anonymous, you have truly outdone yourself! a virtual digital shrine to not only the mini, but to the person of my secret pre-teen lusts, (no, not Larry Hagman...) Barbara was one spectacular woman...

    And those gifs are keepers!

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  5. "The Mod Party" has my all time favourite Barbara Eden outfit in it. And yes, Larry Hagman is a great comic actor...actually, he's a great scene stealer in anything he's done. But Babs was just gorgeous throughout that series.

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  6. And what was so great is she never looked skanky. She always looked adorable.

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  7. Yowza. She sure could pull off the miniskirt! (No pun intended) Aw heck.. yes it was.

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  8. BzzzaKK! That was my brain blowing a fuse. The gif's of panties hiding in the shadows are fantastic.

    And yeah, today's girls need to take a tip on how to look decent but still sexy as hell. Stop with the piercings and tatoos and multi- and unnaturallly-colored hair.

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  9. AnonymousJuly 26, 2011

    An almost impossible dream of innocence *and* sexiness. And this from a woman with several centuries of life experience! ;O)

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  10. AnonymousJuly 27, 2011

    Now I remember why I never failed to watch the show. I also remember an episode where Barbara wore a USAF uniform (the regs at the time I was in said "women could wear skirts 2" above the knee if they were able" meaning if they had the legs for it; many of the female USAF personnel did *sigh*). Barbara did serious justice to USAF blue.

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  11. AnonymousJune 09, 2012

    I think I just hurt myself....

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  12. AnonymousJune 23, 2012

    Season Five was the best for Jeannie watchers.

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  13. i wish those wonderfull styles would come back ,colorfull,feminine ,calssy

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  14. Barbara Eden had, arguably, the best pair of legs ever seen.

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    1. Definitely the best of any actress.

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  15. AnonymousJune 14, 2013

    Barbara is my all time favorite. Even today there is no woman who can compete with her beauty. No entertainer is as vivacious yet glamorous as she is. She had the perfect body and still looks great today. Right on Barb!

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  16. Who needs Marilyn when you've got Barbara. One of th sexiest--no, the sexiest-- woman ever. Great site. Thanks!

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  17. Yeoman's work , my friend. Bravo!

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  18. I have to say Barbara had to be the most hottest woman on the planet by far. Extreamly Beautiful Extreamly Hot

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  19. unbelievable tailored mini dresses working so hard to keep the panty covered. And it seemed she wanted to reveal the pants so often

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  20. Awsome ! She was absolutely gorgeous ! So cute in anything she wore. Wow!

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