Jeannie the Genie is a beautiful blond genie dressed in a harem costume seen on the NBC fantasy comedy series I DREAM OF JEANNIE (1965-70).
Born in Baghdad on April 1, 64 BC, Jeannie was imprisoned by the powerful Blue Djinn when she refused his proposal of marriage. Her punishment was to be turned into a genie, imprisoned in a bottle and forced to live an eternity of loneliness.
Some two thousand years later, Tony Nelson, a NASA astronaut crash-lands on a desert island and finds her bottle on the beach while attempting to make an SOS rescue signal.
When he pulls the stopper from the bottle, out comes a stream of pink smoke which transforms into a gorgeous genie who speaks the words that most men would long to hear…”Thou may ask anything of thy slave, Master.”
Now Tony was not your everyday animal, he was a gentleman and so he declined the genie’s generous offer and set her free.
Perceiving that Tony was something special, Jeannie the Genie hitched a ride back to the mainland on the helicopter that she just “zapped” up from nowhere and soon took up residence at Tony’s bachelor pad at 1020 Palm Drive in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
“Once upon a time in a mythical place called Cape Kennedy, an astronaut named Tony Nelson went up on a space mission. The missile went up but something went wrong and they had to bring it down.
Captain Nelson landed on an island in the South Pacific where he found a bottle – at least it looked like a bottle – but it didn’t act like a bottle because in it…was a genie. Oh not your average every day genie but a beautiful genie, who could grant any wish.
Captain Nelson was so grateful, he set Jeannie free, only she didn’t want to be free. You how it is when you’ve been cooped up in a bottle for two thousand years. She wanted to have fun and she wanted to have it with Captain Nelson.
So she followed him back to Cocoa Beach, a mythical town in a mythical state called Florida and there in this house the girl in the bottle played spin the astronaut.”
With the ability to create any needed object with the blink of an eye and to travel through time and space, Jeannie treated Tony to a non-stop roller coaster ride of strange encounters and adventures.
Despite all the traumas and near heart attack situations that Jeannie put Tony through, the two soon came to love one another and were married on December 2, 1969.
The only other person who knew the true identity and abilities of Jeannie was astronaut Roger Healey, Tony’s best friend. Dr. Alfred Bellows, a NASA psychiatrist, at times saw some of the incredible magic that Jeannie displayed, but he could never quite get anyone else to believe him or discover its source.
Tony: Jeannie’s turned against me.
Roger: She can’t turn against you. You’re her master. She has to obey you.
Nelson: Yeh, who says so?
Roger: I don’t know, maybe it’s in the genie manual.
Tony: Then how come she’s deliberately disobeyed me?
Roger: Maybe she wasn’t issued a genie manual.
Other magical characters to pop into Tony Nelson’s home were Jeannie’s mischievous dark-haired twin sister, who also coveted the affections of Tony Nelson; Great Uncle Sule of Bensengi; Uncle Asmir; Jeannie’s father; and Djinn Djinn, Jeannie’s, ferocious little dog who turns invisible and chomps at the pant legs of anyone wearing a uniform.
NOTE: Barbara Eden reprised her role as Jeannie in the made for TV movies “I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later” (10/25/85) with Jeannie and Tony (Wayne Rogers) as parents of teenagers; and in “I Still Dream of Jeannie” (fall of 1991) where Jeannie searched for a temporary new master.
There was also an animated Saturday morning CBS cartoon spin-off JEANNIE (1973-75) where Corey Anders, a teenage surfer finds a bottle on the beach containing a genie (voice of Julie McWhirter) and a bumbling Junior Genie named Babu who become Corey’s servants.
Jeannie the Genie
c/o Major Anthony “Tony” Nelson
1020 Palm Drive
Cocoa Beach, FL
I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series 1965-1970) (IMDB)
Jeannie (TV Cartoon 1973-1975) (IMDB)
Jeannie TV Cartoon 1973-1975 – Intro (Video)
I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (TV-Movie 1985) (IMDB)
I Still Dream of Jeannie (TV Movie 1991) (IMDB)