Barbara Eden, 78, donned her iconic “I Dream of Jeannie” costume for the Life Ball’s opening ceremony at the charity event in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday, May 25.
Rocking the infamous pink and red crop top and harem pants, the actress performed Jeannie’s signature move by crossing her arms, nodding her head and winking, — making her new “Master”, former president Bill Clinton, appear. Europe's biggest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS awareness included Elton John, singer Fergie and Olympic diver Greg Louganis.
Scandalous in the 60s, the costume caused a great deal of controversy with the censors due to its exposed midriff.
Before the event, Ms. Eden tweeted the following:
In a 2012 interview with website Life After 50, Ms. Eden shared her secrets on aging well with exercise and diet.
When asked about her feelings about aging, the actress smiled and said, “My mother used to say it’s better than the alternative,” she said. “I just think we should do all we can to enjoy every day – every minute. I’m really happy to be here. I can still work, I can still spin, and I can still lift my weights. So I’m very lucky.”
"I Dream of Jeannie" ran from 1965-1970. In the series’ 139 episodes, Ms. Eden starred as the 2,000-year-old genie who falls in love with her reluctant master, astronaut Tony Nelson (played by the late Larry Hagman).