Third time’s the charm for Barbara Eden.
The actress recently told Closer Weekly that the secret behind their blissful union is making compromises.
“I think you have to like each other a lot,” the 90-year-old told the outlet. “No, you really do.”
Actress Barbara Eden and husband Jon Eicholtz attend the Eighth Annual Starlight Foundation Honoring Janet Jackson and Kirk Cameron on March 16, 1991 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
“You don’t necessarily have to like the same things,” she explained. “Because we certainly don’t. I don’t play golf. I don’t like to watch baseball… and he loves to watch the Angels. But I do because I love him. And I like him. So I’ll watch with him.”
Eden also noted that Eicholtz supports her Hollywood career, which keeps her on the road frequently.
“I find that it’s just great because he likes what I do,” said Eden. “He likes me doing it. I think I’m really lucky to have a happy marriage.”
The happy pair tied the knot in 1991. (Photo by Araya Doheny/WireImage/Getty Images)
“You’ve got to be true to yourself — don’t try to be anyone else,” Eden continued. “The wonderful thing is we’re all different. At the beginning of my career I said, ‘Oh gosh, I’m supposed to be taller or prettier than I am.’ That’s silly! You’re treading water — you’re not making headway with what you are.”
And Eden has always been thankful to have a supportive partner. As someone who is constantly on the go pursuing her passions, she’s grateful to have someone like Eicholtz cheering her on.
“No, I didn’t, I really didn’t,” said Eden at the time. “Because after I did ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ I did at least two other television shows. And I don’t know how many television movies playing entirely different kinds of people. I was so busy… So, I didn’t feel that I was ever typecast. In fact, I wasn’t. ‘Jeannie’ just so happens to be the one people remember and that’s all right with me. She’s easy to live with. I really like her.