Quick! Someone tell everyone in Floyd's Barber Shop that Barbara Eden loved shy guys
The blonde TV bombshell appeared in Mayberry as a crushworthy manicurist. She claimed all men fit into one of these 5 categories.
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"Sure none of you gentleman would like a manicure?" Barbara Eden asks all the men assembled at Floyd’s barber shop and eyeballing her manicure station during The Andy Griffith Show episode "The Manicurist."
In Mayberry, Eden’s role was to intrude upon Floyd’s boys-only zone with her fingerpainting ways. Comedy ensued when everybody develops a crush on the manicurist.
At this point in her career, Eden had made a name for herself playing Loco, a ditzy would-be millionaire’s wife, one of three central characters on the late Fifties sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire.
After that show ended, Eden felt she was typecast as a dumb blonde, saying the only significant thing that happened while doing the sitcom was marrying Michael Ansara. (Their PR reps set them up on a date and a few coffee breaks later, they were ready to get hitched!)
But then in 1960, Eden got cast in a funny scene in a Paul Newman movie called From the Terrace, and Eden told The Newspaper Enterprise Association that year that she finally felt she was out of sitcom "Siberia."
A range of roles like the manicurist on The Andy Griffith Show soon followed, until she ultimately ended up starring in I Dream of Jeannie. On that show, her husband occasionally appeared.
Before getting married, Eden had spent her teen years in Hollywood, and she told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1960, "as a rule, young actresses are not particularly well-liked by other young actresses. And I am no exception."
Because of this, most of her friends ended up being men, and she said she ended up dating some of the lucky ones. As a result, "I’ve learned a lot about them," and she said she could sort every man on Earth into one of five categories.
"Men won’t like this," Eden said. "They’re all so sure they’re rugged individuals, especially actors, but the truth is that they fall into types. Here in Hollywood, they do, and I’m sure it’s the same in Chicago, Detroit, Boston and every place else."
One type, she said, was "the lover."
"Generally speaking, the Don Juans I’ve met have been good looking," Eden said. "Their major objective, of course, is conquest. To achieve their end they will lie, flatter, concentrate on your weakness, amuse your mother. In Hollywood, some of them will even go so far as to spend money on you. I mean, send you flowers and take you to dinner."
"What they all have in common," Eden continued, "is a readiness to agree with you. No matter what you say, the Don Juan agrees. He just wants you to be happy."
These aren’t the kinds of guys Eden liked, so she figured out how to get rid of them. For "the lover," Eden said, "He is convinced that he’s irresistible and the best way to deflate him is to tell him that you like him as a brother or a friend."
Then there’s another less desirable type, she said: "the he-man."
"Most teenage girls admire the husky athlete, the rough-and-ready guy," Eden said. "He represents the hunter and she the hunted, which is the natural man-woman relationship, I guess."
Criticizing these "he-men," Eden claimed that they had no sense of humor and seem mostly selfish.
"He-men rarely request anything," Eden said. "They demand. They take over completely, which is fine if you’re a girl who adores being obedient."
Ultimately, she summed up a "he-man" as a "good showpiece for the type of girl who finds one necessary."
Other "types" that Eden named included the "mama’s boy"— who "usually falls for a more mature type of girl" and "subconsciously identifies all girls with his mother"— and the "sports-car type" — who "expects you to share his enthusiasms and if you don’t— you’re a drip."
Of them all, Eden liked the "shy ones," who she said may "lack confidence" but "are frequently the most profound and mature men."
"Personally, I like them better than the other types," she confirmed. (Every shy guy in Mayberry should’ve taken note!)
The "shy ones" to Eden had the best sense of humor and "what movie script writers call 'hidden depths.'"
Unfortunately, Eden had trouble attracting "shy ones."
In Hollywood, Eden said she rarely met shy men because they rarely became actors, and then when she did meet shy men outside of Hollywood, she said often they seemed to "feel uneasy when confronted by a personality more powerful than their own."
It’s possible Eden’s husband Ansara could be typed as one of those rare Hollywood "shy ones," though. One fan on StarTrek.com described Ansara as "far more shy than the characters he had portrayed."