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1960

Acclaimed as one of The King's best movies, Flaming Star is a drama based on the Clair Haffaker novel. In the story, Sam Burton's second wife Neddy is Kiowa Indian, their son Pacer (played by Elvis) a half-breed. As struggle starts between the whites and the Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties. Pacer sides with the Indians, his half-brother Clint with the whites.Beautiful Barbara Eden- in a pre-I Dream of Jeannie role, appears as Clint's love interest.

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Barbara Eden
"Roslyn Pierce"

Barbara Jean Moorhead was born August 23,1934, in Tucson, Arizona. Her first film appearance was in 1956's Back From Eternity, but her role was uncredited. Eden proceeded on to The Wayward and A Private's Affair. In 1960, she had the opportunity to star with the King himself in Flaming Star.The actress portrayed "Roslyn Pierce", a friend of the family.

Yellow Canary with Pat Boone and Ride the Wild Surf with fellow Elvis co-star Shelley Fabares were some of the movies Barbara did after working with Elvis. She also did a large number of television roles, including a traveling manicurist who charms the men of Mayberry in The Andy Griffith Show.

In 1964, Barbara costarred with Tony Randall in The Brass Bottle. Character actor Burl Ives portrayed the genie. Ironically, the following year, Barbara landed the role of a beautiful genie in the I Dream of Jeannie sitcom, costarring Larry Hagman. The show was a huge hit and continued from 1965 until 1970.

In the 70's and 80's Barbara Eden appeared on several TV movies,such asReturn of the Rebels,Chattanooga Choo Choo, and most notably, Harper Valley PTA based on the Jeanie C. Riley song hit. In 1985, Barbara reprised her Jeannie role in the television follow-up, I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later... and in 1991's I Still Dream of Jeannie. Barbara's most recent film appearance was a cameo as Jeannie in the 1996 movie A Very Brady Sequel.

Click here to see my Barbara Eden autograph.

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Dolores Del Rio
"Neddy Burton"


Dolores Martinez Asunsolo Lopez Negrette was born in Durango, Mexico on August 3, 1905. She was born and raised as an aristocrat before the Mexican revolution. When her family lost almost everything they owned, Dolores emigrated to Mexico City, where she became a socialité. In 1921 she married the wealthy Jaime Del Rio. The couple was friends with Hollywood producer, Edwin Carewe, and so they emigrated to Hollywood where they expected to use their connection to get into show business. Dolores aspired to be an actress and her husband hoped to become a screenwriter.

With the exception of appearing in the D.W. Griffith short, Voice of the Child in which a young Dolores appeared in 1911, her onscreen premiere came in Joanna, a silent film directed by her friend, Edwin Carewe. Del Rio soon came to be praised as “one of the most beautiful women to grace the American screen,” and "the female Rudolph Valentino". She starred in silent films such as The Loves of Carmen (1927) and Ramona (1928), before successfully making the transition to talkies such as Bird of Paradise (1932) and Flying Down to Rio (1933). Meanwhile, her marriage to Jaime was crumbling, and Dolores divorced him and married Metro Goldwyn Meyer art director/production designer, Cedric Gibbons.

Although Dolores Del Rio enjoyed frequent work in Hollywood, she grew tired of stereotypical roles and returned to Mexico in 1942. Her Hollywood career was over and an affair with Orson Welles caused her second divorce.

In 1943, Mexican director Emilio Fernández approached her to star in Flor silvestre and, at age 37, her big break came: Del Río became the most famous movie star in her country, filming in her native language for the first time. Her association with Fernández' production team was instrumental in creating the so-called Mexican Cinema Golden Era. In films such as María Candelaria (1944), Las Abandonadas (1944) and Bugambilia (1944), Del Río became the quintessential Mexican beauty.

Del Rio occasionally returned to the United States to perform in Amerian movies,including Flaming Star(1960) and Cheyenne Autumn. In the former, the actress appeared as Neddy Burton,the Kiowa Indian mother of a half-breed played by Elvis Presley.

In a career that included film, theater and television, Dolores Del Rio worked in acting until the age of 68. In her last years, she expanded her talents and worked on behalf of orphan children, an endeavor that garnered her praise. On April 11, 1983, Dolores Del Rio died as a result of liver failure.

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John McIntire
"Sam Burton "

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