This I Dream of Jeannie original acrylic on board by Alan Bodner captures the magical, joyful 60s cult classic starring Barbara Eden.
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About I Dream of Jeannie:
I Dream of Jeannie is an American fantasy sitcom television series, created by Sidney Sheldon, starring Barbara Eden as a sultry, 2,000-year-old genie and Larry Hagman, as an astronaut with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. Produced by Screen Gems, the show originally aired for 139 episodes over five seasons, from September 18, 1965, to May 26, 1970, on NBC.
The series was created and produced by Sidney Sheldon in response to the great success of rival network ABC's Bewitched series, which had debuted in 1964 as the second-most watched program in the United States. Sheldon, inspired by the 1964 film The Brass Bottle, conceived of the idea for a beautiful female genie. Both I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched were Screen Gems productions.
When casting was opened for the role of Jeannie, producer Sidney Sheldon could not find an actress who could play the role the way that he had written it. He did have one specific rule: He did not want a blonde genie, because the similarity with the blonde witch on Bewitched would be too much. However, after many unsuccessful auditions, he called Barbara Eden's agent. Eden had coincidently co-starred in The Brass Bottle as mortal Sylvia Kenton.
About Alan Bodner:
The creative process of Alan Bodner is spontaneous, unpredictable, and often chaotic. Bodner’s art is a mastery of original painting, digital imagery, and dimensional paper sculpture. The vibrant, theatrical compositions embody a menagerie of original characters, personalities, and monsters in surreal, complex settings. With cultural references to the past, present, and his personal vision of the future, Bodner compounds, distorts, and exaggerates for emotional effect—the result consistently friendly and engaging. His fine art is featured in galleries and museums throughout the U.S.—including the Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills—and ranges from pop surrealism prints to multi-tier geometric assemblage.
Raised in Portland, Oregon, by an extended family of dancers, musicians, toy distributors, and clothing designers, Bodner’s childhood was an overload of creative forces that nurtured a timeless personality: an esoteric mix of Road Runner, Peter Pan, and Ideal’s Mr. Machine. After an adolescence inspired by Erte, Miro, and mid-century pop art, Bodner moved to Los Angeles and developed his talents at Art Center College of Design.
Bodner’s fine art is an extension of an Emmy Award-winning, 25-year career as an Art Director for numerous studios and production companies, including the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, The Cartoon Network, and Filmation, to name a few. Mighty Mouse, The Fat Albert Show, Heckle & Jeckle, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse comprise his early credits—followed by Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Sylvester & Tweety. Credits include the Emmy-nominated Kim Possible, Phineas & Ferb, The Replacements, Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, The Iron Giant, Cinderella II, Neighbors From Hell, The Life & Times of Juniper Lee, the classic Bugs Bunny short Carrotblanca, and many more. His five Annie Award nominations include a win for Warner Bros. The Iron Giant and Emmy for Disney’s Tangled Series.