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March 13, 2015

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March 11, 2015

Barbra Streisand to Present 42nd Chaplin Award to Robert Redford

Today, Film Society Lincoln Center posted exciting news:

Barbra Streisand will present the 42nd Chaplin Award to fellow Oscar winner Robert Redford, the Film Society of Lincoln Center said today. In addition, Jane Fonda, the recipient of the 28th Chaplin Award, will be joined by filmmaker J.C. Chandor and John Turturro at the Gala event taking place Monday, April 27 at Lincoln Center.

Leading up to the Gala, the Film Society will present a seven-film tribute, The Films of Robert Redford, April 24-27. Redford is a legendary actor and filmmaker and his work on both sides of the camera will be featured during the program that includes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Candidate, Jeremiah Johnson, Ordinary People, Quiz ShowThree Days of the Condor, and The Way We Were.

"We're really fortunate to have Barbra Streisand come and present [Robert Redford] his award," said Lesli Klainberg, Executive Director of the Film Society, to FilmLinc. "As the recipient of the 40th Chaplin Award, she knows what this [event] is and knows what this award means. They, of course, worked together in The Way We Were and have been friends for many, many years." Two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand received a Best Actress nomination for The Way We Were.

More info on the awards gala here.

February 27, 2015

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Like me! I started a Facebook Page for Barbra-Archives.com recently. Please visit and make sure you "Like" the page to receive the posts. I post fun photos of Barbra, news, "Song of the Day" and more ... and it's fun to interact with Streisand fans online, too.


February 21, 2015

New Streisand Interview!

Streisand fans mobilized online and voted their idol as the #1 Most Iconic New York Celebrity over at 1010Wins/CBS New York.

Barbra participated in a 15-minute telephone interview, which you can hear over at the 1010Wins website. She speaks about being a New Yorker, her Partners album, and womens heart health.

February 18, 2015

Streisand at ASC

“I was really so lucky because I got to work with some of the best cinematographers in the world,” Barbra told the ASC Awards crowd Sunday night.

Deadline reported some of Barbra's heartfelt speech from the American Society of Cinematographers awards—Barbra received the Board of Governors Award:

“When I arrived in Hollywood I didn’t have the usual qualifications for a movie star,” she said. “I have a strange face, very different from each side. People who are easy to photograph typically have very symmetrical faces, big heads, big eyes. I have a small head, a very odd nose, my mouth is too big and my eyes are too small. But Harry enjoyed the challenge and we became fast friends. We spent hours experimenting with the light, hard lights, eye lights… Harry even rigged up what he called a ‘Strei-light’ held by a best boy who followed me around when I moved. It was fantastic.

“He was born in 1901 and had photographed all the great stars like Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh and Katherine Hepburn. He was used to women with strong opinions, and we had a wonderful collaborative relationship. I felt so safe in his hands, so much so I wanted him for every film I made, and so he did my first four films until he retired.”

From the stage, Barbra shared anecdotes about her collaborations with cinematographers Harry Stradling Sr., Laszlo Kovacs, Gordon Willis, Robert Surtees and James Wong Howe, as well as David Watkin, BSC, who shot her directing debut, Yentl. “My favorite cameramen were the ones who never said, ‘No, it can’t be done,’” said Streisand. “Every director needs a partner to support his or her vision, and that, of course, is the cinematographer. Without that support, it’s a nightmare. With it, it’s a joy.”

Barbra Streisand accepted the ASC Board of Governors Award from cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak (Nuts, Mirror Has Two Faces) and they posed together.

February 13, 2015

LaGravenese Talks Gypsy

Richard LaGravenese is out and about publicizing his new movie musical The Last Five Years (which I intend to see this weekend ... Love the show it's based on!)

LaGravenese wrote The Mirror Has Two Faces, of course. One of my favorite films of his is Living Out Loud with Holly Hunter—a fantastic film. And, of course, he wrote the screenplay for the recent Behind the Candleabra, about Liberace.

Thankfully, he has been interviewed by intelligent people who asked him all the right questions about his new screenplay for Barbra Streisand's movie musical version of Gypsy.

Best is Queerty.com's interview. Read it in full here.

A few choice excerpts:

February 11, 2015

Awards Wrap-Up

Barbra Streisand appeared at the 67th Director's Guild Awards this weekend and presented director Glenn Weiss with the Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Variety/Talk/News/Sports award for his work on the 68th Annual Tony Awards.

(Photo credit: David Buchan)

Glenn Weiss and Streisand

Barbra posed with Glee's Lea Michele that evening, and later announced via social media:

So happy that @msleamichele is a new ambassador to help promote the cause of women’s heart disease.

(Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Lea Michele and Streisand

Grammy Results

Unfortunately, Barbra did not win her Grammy category this year. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga won and performed a song on the Grammys. Barbra did not attend.

How does that song go? “Oh well, some other time .....”

Healthy Living Magazine

Healthy Living cover with Streisand

Barbra speaks to the magazine (February 2015 issue) about her favorite cause: women's heart health.

Read the interview online here.

February 3, 2015

Barbra at DGA

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay yesterday announced the presenters for the 67th Annual DGA Awards.

Barbra Streisand will present.

The ceremony, to be hosted by Jane Lynch, will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Barbra will also be awarded the American Society of Cinematographers' Board of Governors Award on February 15, 2015.

Still no word on Barbra appearing on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8) or Oscars (Feb. 22).

Stay Tuned!

iTunes Masters Are Up

Barbra's iTunes store got an upgrade, including several of her classic albums "Mastered for iTunes."

Many fans already own these albums on CD, but I listened to the new iTunes mastered People album — it sounds very good to my ears! An improvement over the CD.

Barbra Streisand iTunes Store


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January 20, 2015

Partners Goes Platinum

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 16, 2015 certified Barbra's latest album, Partners—which has sold 1 million units—as a Platinum Album.

Billboard reports:

With her latest album Partners reaching Platinum certification, Streisand extends her record for the most Platinum album certifications for a woman in RIAA history. Incredibly, Partners is her 31st album to ship more than 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. The closest competition? Reba McEntire, who has 19 Platinum-certified albums.

Congratulations Barbra and all the creative team that worked on the album!

Barbra's last Platinum-selling album was Essential Barbra Streisand in 2003.

Barbra and her Partners team, left to right: Sony U.K. Chairman/CEO Jason Iley; Columbia Chairman Rob Stringer; Streisand; Walter Afanasieff.

Streisand and Team

January 14, 2015

Streisand Awarded!

ASC to Salute Streisand with Governors Award

ASC LogoLOS ANGELES — Barbra Streisand will receive the ASC Board of Governors Award this year. The filmmaker/entertainer will accept the honor at the 29th Annual ASC Awards gala, which will take place Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

“Barbra Streisand’s accomplishments across the entertainment industry are unparalleled, and we look forward to celebrating her groundbreaking contributions to the art of filmmaking,” said ASC President Richard Crudo. “The three films she has directed earned 14 Academy Award nominations, and her skill in working with cinematographers in achieving her vision is a hallmark of her directorial work.”

Streisand was the first American woman to direct, write, produce and star in a feature-length motion picture, Yentl (1983), which was shot by David Watkin, BSC. She also directed, produced and starred in The Prince of Tides (1991), shot by Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), shot by Andrzej Bartkowiak, ASC, and Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC.

She is the only artist to win Academy, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, DGA, Peabody and Golden Globe awards, as well as France’s Légion d’honneur, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and Kennedy Center Honors.

The ASC Board of Governors Award is bestowed on an individual who has advanced the art and craft of filmmaking. Previous recipients include Christopher Nolan, Warren Beatty, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts, Ron Howard and Sydney Pollack.

For tickets to the ASC Awards, call (323) 969-4333.


January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!

Here's to a fantastic 2015!

All the Streisand news from 2014 has been archived on this page.

Meanwhile, I've made some design updates to all the pages on the site .... just keeping things fresh! Click around the different sections of the website to explore!

Hope you enjoy.


December 24, 2014

Double Barbra + Gorgeous Blus

Barbra's comedy films The Owl and the Pussycat and For Pete's Sake have been repackaged into a DVD Double Feature by Mill Creek Entertainment.

DVD cover

Due February 3, 2015, you can pre-order from Amazon.com right now.

Meanwhile, I've had a chance to review both Funny Lady and Yentl on Blu-ray from Twilight Time—they were released last week. In a nutshell: both are glorious!

These limited edition [3,000 units] Blu-rays are sold exclusively at www.screenarchives.com (you will not find them at Amazon).

For my friends in Europe: These are REGION FREE BLU-RAY DISCS.

I've included couple of screen shots from the Blu-ray discs below to illustrate how lovely they look. [Note: Screen shots have been downsized from the1080p disc, and then compressed as a JPEG for this page. It should give you a general idea of what the Streisand Blu-rays will look like, although not representative of the true quality that Blu-ray offers.]

Bluray screen caps

December 10, 2014

Rawlings Honored

Terry Rawlings with BAFTA Award

On Sunday 7 December, BAFTA paid tribute to five-time BAFTA nominee Terry Rawlings. A BAFTA Tribute: Terry Rawlings honored Rawlings' distinguished career in picture and sound editing across five decades, which has included work on films including Alien, Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. Rawlings edited Yentl for Barbra Streisand.

An excerpt from the evening:

Ian Haydn Smith: The first musical Terry edited was in 1983. The film was Yentl , its director and star was Barbra Streisand. Though she sent her profound apologies that she could not be here today to celebrate with you Terry, Barbra did record this message.

[Audio recording] Barbra Streisand: Dear Terry, what a wonderful time we had making Yentl . After a day’s shooting, going into the editing room and working with you and you always making me laugh with such pleasure at your gifts as an editor and your delicious personality. Much love to you Terry, Barbra.

December 7, 2014

Barbra on Dr. Oz Show

Airing Tuesday, December 9th!

Dr. Oz and Streisand

Barbra Streisand Speaks Out On The #1 Killer Of Women—Barbra Streisand shares her passion to fight the number one killer of women that one out of will die from. Plus, for the first time, Barbra gets a surprise she never expected.

Dr. Oz airs on Fox stations. Check your local listings for times.

Partners Nominated

Barbra's album Partners was nominated for a Grammy Award!

BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM. Here's the other nominees:

Barbra Tweeted the following response:

What nice news to wake up to! So happy to share this nomination w/ all my wonderful duet “partners” @michaelbuble Stevie Wonder @JohnMayer @KennyEdmonds @billyjoel @blakeshelton @LionelRichie @AndreaBocelli Jason Gould @johnlegend @joshgroban @ElvisPresley @wafanasieff @TheGrammys. Thank you NARAS. Thrilled & honored. Bx

The Grammys will be held on Feb. 8, 2015 at the Staples Center in L.A. and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

December 4, 2014

Barbra Books

Streisand fans can pick from several recently published books to own this holiday season.

The Taschen-published book Barbra: Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood by photographers Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller is just gorgeous. Truly a spectacular and high-quality large-format book! Streisand has seen it and told People magazine (Dec. 1 issue): “It is a very big book, and I haven't had time to look at every page. But the artful photographs bring back some great memories.”

(See me reading it, below .... I am dwarfed by the book! LOL)

Matt reading the Taschen book

Busa book cover

The price tag on the Taschen book is as hefty as its size ... I can tell you: if you buy it, the book will not disappoint. More about the Taschen Streisand book here.

Meanwhile, James Spada's most excellent book (Streisand: In the Camera Eye) is still selling like hot cakes. At a very affordable price, it is a gorgeous creation as well. Fans will be super-pleased with the high-quality photographs and biographical writing. Order Spada's book from Amazon.com here.

Finally, Paul Busa has updated his self-published book, The Barbra Streisand Record & CD Collector's Guide 1962-2014. The second edition (with a new cover, pictured right) has added Barbra's most recent recordings, and Paul has sprinkled in some new and rare photographs, including a note he received from Barbra herself. Order Busa's book from Amazon.com here.

As long as we're talking about printed matter .... Remember that All About Barbra magazine is getting ready to publish its latest issue. Editor Lynne Pounder has alerted us that the new issue will feature an exciting story: “10 Days in New York with Barbra An International Press Junket for BARBRA STREISAND: PARTNERS” written by Barbra's co-director and friend, Richard Jay-Alexander. Order the magazine here.

November 25, 2014

Jason Sings!

Barbra Streisand attended a Stop Cancer event at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, November 23rd.

Jason Gould—Barbra's son—sang three songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter, including “The Way You Look Tonight”  and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

(Photo below by Paul Lester, courtesy of STOP CANCER)

Gould and Streisand

Barbra did not pose on the red carpet, but here's Jason, looking handsome!

Jason Gould

(Photo credit: Birdie Thompson/AdMedia/ImageCollect) 

November 18, 2014

Pre-Order Blu-rays Tomorrow (updated)

Twilight Time puts the forthcoming Yentl and Funny Lady Blu-ray discs up for pre-order tomorrow at 4pm EST.

Yentl and Funny Lady Blu-rays


Twilight Time proudly brings BARBRA STREISAND’S poignant “signature” masterpiece to the dazzling Blu-Ray format, in what has been described as the “performance of a lifetime” for this legendary star and filmmaker!

Funny Lady

Twilight Time brings the incomparable BARBRA STREISAND back to the dazzling Blu-Ray format, in the long sought after follow-up, to the unforgettable FUNNY LADY, in another superb performance for this multi-talented star!

The covers of the booklets that are included with each Blu-ray:

Booklet covers

November 17, 2014

Streisand Guests on Bublé Christmas Special

Multi Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé celebrates the holiday season with his fourth annual NBC Christmas special, “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 17 on NBC (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and The Rockettes join Bublé for an hour-long celebration of Christmas, his favorite holiday.

All 2014 Streisand news has been archived here.

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