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Barbara Eden at 78: Dons 'I Dream of Jeannie' Costume at AIDS Benefit

Image: Barbara Eden at 78: Dons 'I Dream of Jeannie' Costume at AIDS Benefit Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, and actress Barbara Eden.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 08:46 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Barbara Eden wore her iconic "I Dream of Jeannie" costume during Saturday's Life Ball 2013 in Vienna.

The annual charity event raises funds and highlights issues associated with those living with HIV and AIDS.

Showing off her figure and impressive abs, the 78-year-old "I Dream of Jeannie" star took the stage in her belly-baring outfit, complete with a pony-tailed headdress and harem pants.

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On the 1960s sitcom, Eden played a 2,000-year-old genie who falls in love and eventually marries a handsome astronaut – played by actor Larry Hagman, who becomes her master.

Once on stage, Eden turned to the audience and gave her signature head nod and wink, bringing out her new "master" – former President Bill Clinton.

The 42nd president, who has been an outspoken proponent for AIDS and HIV research, then emerged from offstage to join Eden, who was also accompanied by Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis and pop-singer Fergie.

After thanking the ball's organizers, Clinton encouraged others to be more involved with the anti-AIDS efforts, saying those who wish to help don't "have to be scientists, they do not have to be doctors, they have to be people who care," the New York Daily News notes.

In addition to Clinton's appearance, Elton John delivered a speech that captivated the audience according to Marie Claire magazine, and singer Adam Lambert performed.

Actresses Hilary Swank and Carmen Electra were also in attendance as well as fashion critic Kelly Osbourne – daughter of English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.

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In addition to the celebrities, Marie Claire writes that the night was filled with "drag queens and half-naked revelers" in a "night of hedonistic revelry."

Though it is unclear how much money was raised during this year's charity event, the 2012 Life Ball brought in more than two million euros.

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