‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Star Barbara Eden Gets Candid About Struggles After MiscarriageOctober 7, 2021
Speaking about how she coped after losing her second child, the Hollywood veteran points out in a new interview that at the time, nobody told her what was wrong with her.
AceShowbiz -“I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden has opened up about her devastating miscarriage and how she coped following the loss.
The actress lost her child following the end of her hit show in 1970, and admits she struggled to free herself from dark thoughts afterwards.
“I carried my second son for almost eight months before the doctors told me he had died in the womb,” she tells People. “It was awful. I became numb.”
Now 90, Eden reveals she went right back to work, making three TV movies in 1971, but she couldn’t bounce back in her private life.
“I’d come home and look at my little boy, who’s adorable, and think, ‘I’m so lucky. I have this sweet child. I have a husband who loves me. What’s wrong with me?’ ” she added.
“Nobody told me what was wrong with me. At that time going to a psychiatrist, people didn’t do it. You just healed yourself. Now you go get help when you feel that bad. When you can’t move or don’t want to do anything, go and get help.”
And there was more heartbreak to come – the actress’ 35-year-old son Matthew died in 2001 following a heroin overdose.
“I have his pictures around [the house],” she explains. “I don’t pretend like he never was. Because he was [a] super, super human being.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Eden also talked about her iconic character, Jeannie. “She’s easy to live with,” she claimed. “She really is. I like her a lot. I think what makes me so happy is that so many people around the world like her. Not me.”
“They like that character. And they like the show for what it is. It takes people out of themselves and into another world. and I appreciate that. I like it very much.”
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