Belly Dancer Tribute 12/27/11: Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie)

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Quiz:  What TV show or movie helped to show Middle Eastern cultures including costumes, dance and music back in the mid-1960s?  A few possible answers here, as Hollywood has always been intrigued by Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures with movies and shows about Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Mata Hari, etc.  But one of my favorite shows back in the 1960s was I Dream of Jeannie.  Sure, at first the costume was bit goofy, but it was still a good try at a Belly Dance look.  This TV show spanned 2 movies and by the time the movies were made the costumes really did look a lot more like real belly dance costumes with the ornate beaded fringe and what not.  It is hard to imagine that TV censors banned Barbara Eden from showing her belly back in the 1960s?  But hey, look at how long dancers from Egypt had to cover their midriffs with stockings, beads, etc.  I will give credit to the hairstyle worn by Barbara Eden, as that look has been copied a lot.  Back when I used to watch it, I never imagined that I would take Belly Dance lessons one day.  Hmmm?  Or did it in someway shape my mind to want that belly dance look 13 years later after the season premiere?  How do we get this notion in our mind to Belly Dance anyway?  It’s not something that everyone in family wanted to do.  I can remember signing up for a Belly Dance class back in 1976 through a college university community class.  Funny thing, I never thought I would end up teaching belly dance for a college university community class for over 20 years.  Who knew this would stick, or be like my other hobbies like violin, tiling, crotchet, and other hobbies that went down the drain.  For some reason I pulled up some old episodes of I Dream of Jeannie yesterday and really enjoyed watching them.  Larry Hagman was a handsome cute hottie back then.  Then today I was watching Larry Hagman guest star on Desperate Housewives.  What a big difference.  Barbara Eden sure has kept her looks.  I love how she has aged gracefully and still looks very beautiful.  I am so wanting the I Dream of Jeannie complete series from Amazon.com, it is just too cute.  The TV show credits has Jeannie belly dancing in it  The TV show would not have happened if it weren’t for The Brass Bottle movie, also starring Barbara Eden.  I’m so glad that Will Smith sampled the soundtrack.  The song "Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble" by Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff released in 1986 samples the I Dream of Jeannie theme song.  I am doll collector too and have a dollhouse.  So I hope I can get the I Dream of Jeannie doll one day.  Check out the opening credits at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Dream_of_Jeannie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Brass_Bottle

For more dance gossip & goodies, check out my book, "Learn to Belly Dance Textbook" available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble :

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005SFPN6I/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_g351_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=121QKD526S21XAKBP0T2&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

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