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Larry Hagman dead; Barbara Eden remembers actor

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Larry Hagman's death has saddened many in show business, and "I Dream of Jeannie" actress Barbara Eden is remembering her beloved co-star.

Eden spoke to Eyewitness News in a telephone interview Saturday about Hagman's death, saying she has many fond memories of him.

"Larry had many, many facets to him, his personality," Eden said. "He was very empathetic, he was full of life, and he was a little devil," she added with a laugh. "And I loved him very much."

Hagman starred alongside Eden on the loveable mid-1960s TV staple as Major Anthony Nelson, also known as the "master" to Eden's Jeannie character.

Hagman most notably played the corrupt yet charming oil baron J.R. Ewing on "Dallas." Hagman was the only cast member to appear in all 357 episodes of the show. Earlier this year, he reprised his iconic role on the new edition of "Dallas" on TNT.

Fans stopped by Hagman's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to take pictures Saturday. The actor had quit smoking and drinking in the early 1990s. In 1995, he underwent a liver transplant and became an advocate for organ donation and a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. Hagman revealed late last year that he was battling throat cancer.

Hagman died at his home in Dallas peacefully with his family members by his side sometime Friday afternoon. He was 81.

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