Before he was J.R. Ewing, the late Larry Hagman contended with a sexy, 2,000-year-old genie on the popular 1960's sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Hagman played Major Anthony Nelson, the ever-flustered "master" and love interest of Barbara Eden's titular Jeannie. Eden took to her Facebook blog to share her thoughts on her former co-star's passing. Said Eden:
As I received the news this evening and as you read this I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed. I can still remember, that first day on Zuma Beach with him, in the frigid cold. From that day for five more years, Larry was the center of so many fun, wild, shocking… and in retrospect, memorable moments that will remain in my heart forever.
He was such a key element in my life for so long and even, years after I Dream of Jeannie; our paths crossed many times. Throughout various productions I had the pleasure of watching the Texas Tornado that was Larry Hagman. Amidst a whirlwind of big laughs, big smiles and unrestrained personality Larry was always, simply Larry. You couldn't fault him for it, it was just who he was. I am so thankful that this past year I was able to spend time with him and experience yet again ‘Larry’ in all his Big Texas bravado.
I, like many others believed he had beat Cancer and yet we are reminded that life is never guaranteed. My deepest condolences go out to his wife Maj, his son and daughter and his grandchildren, as well as his friends in this time of his passing. I can honestly say that we've lost not just a great actor, not just a television icon, but an element of pure Americana.
Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.
While Jeannie ended its five-year run on NBC in 1970, Hagman and Eden re-teamed some 20 years later on the original Dallas. She portrayed the ruthless Lee Ann De La Vega, who seized control of Ewing Oil to punish J.R., who had impregnated and jilted her decades earlier. The botched abortion Lee Ann received left her barren, which resulted in her desire to take everything from J.R. Watch a clip of Hagman and Eden from Dallas, as well as one of Eden discussing the juicy part, below!
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