I Dream of Jeannie's Barbara Eden on Larry Hagman: "He Was Such a Key Element in My Life For So Long"By Jamey Giddens on November 24, 2012
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.
J.R. Ewing (the late Larry Hagman) and Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval) may be mortal enemies on Dallas, but in real life Kercheval is mourning the loss of "a friend and long time partner" this Thanksgiving weekend. Here's what the actor tweeted:
As the pop culture world mourns the loss of Larry Hagman, producers of TNT's hit Dallas reboot are set to begin scripting a proper finale for his unforgettable, supervillain J.R. Ewing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hagman filmed six of Seasn 2's 15 episodes, set to premiere Jan. 28.
While there is no word on how Hagman's passing will impact production for the remainder of the season, it reportedly won't alter the premiere's schedule. Said Cynthia Cidre and Michael M. Robin in a joint statement:
"Larry Hagman was a giant, a larger-than-life personality whose iconic performance as J.R. Ewing will endure as one of the most indelible in entertainment history," the statement said. "He truly loved portraying this globally recognized character, and he leaves a legacy of entertainment, generosity and grace. Everyone at Warner Bros. and in the Dallas family is deeply saddened by Larry's passing, and our thoughts are with his family and dear friends during this difficult time."
The entertainment community is reeling from the loss of Larry Hagman. He was 81. The legendary I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas actor died Friday at Medical City Dallas Hospital. He had been battling cancer. Said a family spokesperson:
“Larry was back in his beloved Dallas, re-enacting the iconic role he loved most,” the family said in a statement. “Larry’s family and close friends had joined him in Dallas for the Thanksgiving holiday. When he passed, he was surrounded by loved ones. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for. The family requests privacy at this time.”