Barbara Eden, titular lead of the popular ’60s sitcom I Dream of Jeanie, 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.