Barbara Eden, titular lead of the popular ’60s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, was many boys’ first crush. What most people don’t realize, however, is that she was almost passed over for her most iconic role. At the time of casting, the creators of the show were trying to distance themselves from the equally popular show Bewitched, which they also created. In order to differentiate the two, the creators wanted a brunette lead. Eden, however, was so funny and charming on set that the showrunners cast her for the role, blonde hair, and all.
Sadly for the world, Sharon Tate is not best remembered for her roles on screen, but for her brutal and senseless murder in 1969. Sharon Tate was known as a rising star for her excellent acting skills. She was equally fit for comedic and dramatic roles. In 1968 she was married to director Roman Polanski. The two had been costars on The Fearless Vampire Killers. The next year, however, Tate was murdered in cold blood. She was 8-months pregnant at the time of her murder.