Barbara Eden, who starred with Larry Hagman, in the mid-1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” has released a statement, following the death on Friday of her co-star.
“I still cannot completely express the shock and impact from the news that Larry Hagman has passed,” Barbara wrote in a statement, posted on her Facebook account, late Friday night. “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.”
Barbara, who played Jeannie and Larry, who played Major Anthony Nelson in the series, which ran from 1965-1970, said she recently reconnected with the star and remains thankful for the time they had together.
“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.,” she wrote.
The actress went on to share her condolences with Larry’s spouse, Maj, and his family, over their heartbreaking loss.
“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,” she wrote.
“Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again,” Barbara concluded.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, the “Dallas” star passed away on Friday morning. Family members said the actor passed away at Medical City Dallas Hospital from complications of his recent battle with cancer, according to the Dallas Morning News.
-- Jolie Lash
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