Matteo Ansara, l'unico figlio dell'attrice e collega attore Michael Ansara, che era anche attore e preparatore atletico, è morto a 2001 all'età 35. La causa della morte è stata un'overdose accidentale di droga.
Al momento della sua morte, People magazine reported Eden was preparing for her son’s wedding, which was set to take place that year.
“You’re gonna make me cry… I have his pictures around,” il “Sogno Jeannie” star recently told Settimanale più vicino. “io[io] don’t pretend like he never was. Because he was [un] super, super human being.”
“[È stato] a beautiful young man,” lei ha aggiunto.
Eden hopes her son’s story will help those struggling with addiction, along with parents trying to be a support system for their children.
“For a long time, I would go out and talk to parents about drugs, and the use of them and what to do… because I think a lot of people, we were totally ignorant, we had no idea what was going on,” lei spiegò. “... [My mom] didn’t go into my drawers. I didn’t go into hers, and all that kind of thing. You open those drawers. You know what they’re doing every minute. I thought I did. But I didn’t know. And I think if we had known sooner, we could have dealt with it. We didn’t know until he was in college.”
The 89-year-old revealed that her son fought to get “clear and clean” ma “he had a heck of a time.”
Eden and Ansara’s father, Micheal Ansara, were married from 1958 fino a 1974.
The patriarch, a television and movie actor whose roles included Klingon on “Star Trek,” è morto a 2013 all'età 91 after a long illness.
Più recentemente, Eden has co-written a children‘s libro intitolato “Barbara and the Dijin.” It chronicles the adventures of a young girl who meets a charming genie and later learns the value of kindness and understanding.
All'inizio di questo mese, Eden told Fox News she still has fond memories of her “Sogno Jeannie” co-star Larry Hagman. The actor passed away in 2012 all'età 81.
“You can’t describe it,” she said about her on-screen connection with the star. “It’s either there or it isn’t. Ed ovviamente, with us, it was there. We had the same rhythm. We laughed at the same things. It was just there. We didn’t have to work at it.”
And when there was talk that Hagman would be replaced in the series, it was Eden who defended her pal.
“Sidney Sheldon, who of course was our creator, producer and everything, came to me and said that Larry was troubled,” lei spiegò. “We all knew that he was personally troubled, but never on the set. When we worked, it was work and it was good. On film, he’s wonderful.”
“I simply said, ‘He can’t get along with people. È tutto. You can get around that. I think it would be foolish to switch him in the middle of the show,'” Eden continued. “… All I knew was they wanted to get rid of Larry and I didn’t think it was the wise thing to do.”
“We just got along,” ha condiviso. “I don’t think it was a surprise to him. Larry always had a friend. He knew that.”
Eden has also been thinking about the future and what it holds for her. A febbraio 2022, she’ll be doing a show with The Edward Twins.
“I guess I enjoy my work,” Eden chuckled when asked what has kept her going. “I truly enjoy what I do and I love it… for me, it’s business as usual, to do what I love.”
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