Actress Barbara Eden donned her iconic I Dream of Jeannie costume at Saturday’s Life Ball 2013 in Vienna, and got all of Twitter buzzing about nostalgia, age and beauty, and Bill Clinton (for good measure).
The I Dream of Jeannie costume was worn by Eden for the television show of the same name which ran on NBC between 1965 and 1970. The show, co-starring Larry Hagman, revolved around Eden’s “Jeannie,” a 2,000-year-old genie who becomes the servant of Hagman’s astronaut character, “Tony Nelson.”
Her costume is so iconic that you really don’t need to have seen the TV series to recognize it. It’s like Princess Leia’s gold bikini.
Anyway, at the Life Ball, Eden donned the I Dream of Jeannie costume once again, taking the stage with Bill Clinton and Fergie. She addressed the crowd and even performed one of her classic Jeannie moves – folding her arms and blinking dramatically.
Most surprising about Eden’s appearance is the fact that she is 78-years-old. Wearing her old costume, belly shirt and all, after all these years might sound like a risky move for a woman her age, but the crowd embraced her.
So did Twitter:
Seeing Barbara Eden wear her “I Dream of Jeannie” costume at @lifeball reminds me of #ThingsIMissAboutMyChildhood bit.ly/12IUvFm
— Susmita Baral (@sushbaral) May 27, 2013
Let’s hear it for Barbara Eden for donning her I DREAM OF JEANNIE costume for a recent charity event…at 78 years… fb.me/CuwHS8o8 — Teresa Medeiros (@TeresaMedeiros) May 27, 2013
Barbara Eden puts on the I Dream of Jeannie costume.Age 78. twitter.com/WMGvac/status/… — Gvac (@WMGvac) May 27, 2013
She looks FANTASTIC RT @gma PHOTO: Barbara Eden, 78, rocks her iconic costume from “I Dream of Jeannie” abcn.ws/11kCtH0 — Jamie(@wonkachu) May 27, 2013
Indeed, Barbara Eden’s popularity on Twitter extends beyond her Life Ball appearance. She’s not quite to George Takei levels of social popularity, but she’s up there and very active in her own right:
May the 4th be with you! twitter.com/Barbara_Eden/s…
— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) May 4, 2013
I just met Barbara Eden. I win. #istilldreamofjeannie lockerz.com/s/289413181
— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) April 12, 2013
My husband thinks Barbara Eden was hotter than Elizabeth Montgomery IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES
— OhNo$heTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 26, 2012
Are you a fan of Barbara Eden? You can check out more photos of the 78-year-old actress in her I Dream of Jeannie costume at Eden’s Twitter page.
That is amazing that she can still wear the costume at her age!