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November 24, 2015
Barbra Received Medal Nov. 24th
President Barack Obama honored Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, and 15 others with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — in a ceremony held Tuesday at the White House in Washington, D.C.
“Today we celebrate some extraordinary people: innovators, artists and leaders who contribute to America’s strength as a nation,” Obama said.
... As for Streisand, the president joked that she “has collected just about every honor and award that there is – I couldn’t believe she hadn’t gotten this one.” He then discussed her advocacy and worked in a Yiddish word that Streisand fans have been know to use as a way to express their emotion.
“Off the stage, she has been a passionate advocate for issues like heart disease and women’s equality,” Obama said. “I’m getting all verklempt just thinking about it.”
November 16, 2015
Barbra To Receive Medal of Freedom
Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Sondheim, Gloria Estefan and James Taylor are to receive the award ...
From the White House today:
Today, President Barack Obama named seventeen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 24th.
President Obama said, “I look forward to presenting these 17 distinguished Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor. From public servants who helped us meet defining challenges of our time to artists who expanded our imaginations, from leaders who have made our union more perfect to athletes who have inspired millions of fans, these men and women have enriched our lives and helped define our shared experience as Americans.”
Other recipients include Bonnie Carroll, Emilio Estefan, Lee Hamilton, Katherine G. Johnson, Willie Mays, Barbara Mikulski, Itzhak Perlman and William Ruckelshaus. Posthumous honors will go to Yogi Berra, Shirley Chisholm, Billy Frank Jr. and Minoru Yasui.
NOvember 12, 2015
Billboard Lists Streisand
Billboard Magazine has been busy compiling lists based on its various charts, and Barbra has ranked very high! [Billboard explains: “These lists reflect the behavior of albums and songs on our charts, not overall sales.”]
On Billboard's #GreatestOfAllTime Billboard 200 * list, Barbra ranks #3 behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Most Billboard 200 No. 1 Albums By Artist: Barbra ranks #4 here, with ten #1 albums ... behind The Beatles, Jay Z, and Springsteen. [ more ]
Most Billboard 200 Top 10 Albums By Artist: Streisand has 33 top 10 albums, second to The Rolling Stones with 36. [ more ]
Most Billboard 200 Albums By Artist: Streisand's at #6 here, with 58 charted albums. Ahead of her (in order) are: Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Frank Sinatra. [ more ]
Funny Girl (Motion Picture Soundtrack) ranks #166 on the #GreatestOfAllTime Billboard 200 Albums list.
On Billboard's #GreatestOfAllTime Hot 100 Artists** list, Barbra ranks #41.
* Billboard 200 = a record chart ranking the 200 highest-ranking music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine.
** Hot 100 = the music industry standard record chart in the United States for singles, published weekly by Billboard magazine.
November 11, 2015
Streisand Switches Talent Agencies
Deadline reports today that Barbra has moved from UTA (United Talent Agency) to CAA (Creative Artists Agency). Barbra was repped by UTA from March 2013.
Deadline notes: "The reps move comes two weeks after her film project Gypsy, in which she was to play the iconic Rose role, was put into turnaround at Universal."
Barbra Fans are the Best
All for a good cause!
Super fan Robin Lipman is creating another fan collage, and will post it on the Times Square screen over the holidays — she did the same thing for #FightTheLadykiller scarf (see photo of Times Square below) ... Robin will get it done!
All you have to do is take a photo of yourself with the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Barbra Streisand ornament and post it to Twitter (@Roblorr ) or go to the Barbra Archives Facebook page and post it there and tag Robin Lipman.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. They fund the social service programs of The Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.
Robin is adding more photos!
November 10, 2015
Barbra Joins Donna for Book Launch
On Friday, November 6th, Barbra Streisand and Jim Brolin hosted the West Coast launch of Donna Karan's memoir, My Journey. (Barbra wrote the foreword for the book).
Also attending the launch: Carole Bayer Sager & Bob Daly, Eric Buterbaugh and Richard Baskin, Quincy Jones, Sherry Lansing, Jason Gould, and Roslyn Kind.
November 2, 2015
Ever since The Way We Were, they can't seem to get enough of each other.
After presenting Redford with his Chaplin Award last year, Barbra Streisand will see the favor returned when he presents her with the 2015 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Women in Entertainment breakfast taking place on Dec. 9 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles.
October 30, 2015
Gypsy in Turnaround
On October 27th Deadline reported exclusively that Universal took a pass on Barbra's film version of Gypsy, which means it goes into "turnaround" — Universal can declare a loss with the IRS, and the rights may be sold to another studio in exchange for reimbursement for costs to date plus interest.
Deadline said sources told them Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, Monster-In-Law) was attached to direct Streisand, although that sounds odd. Deadline also said Julien Fellowes wrote the screenplay — Fellowes did write a Gypsy screenplay, but Richard LaGravenese is on record saying he and Barbra rewrote Gypsy December 2014.
In any case, Gypsy is done at Universal. Depending on Barbra's tenacity to make the movie, it's entirely possible she could partner with a different studio that would be happy to be in business with Streisand and a big screen musical for her to star in.
If she wants to move on, Barbra has mentioned wanting to return to the director's chair, too. She has been developing the Margaret Bourke-White love story film in the past.
As 2015 draws to a close, it will be interesting to see what project she proceeds with in 2016.
October 13, 2015
Barbra To Receive Sherry Lansing Leadership Award
Barbra Streisand will be honored with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's 2015 Women in Entertainment breakfast taking place on Dec. 9 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. (By the way, this is the 24th Leadership Award given out .... no coincidence it is Barbra!)
"Hearing that Barbra had agreed to accept the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award was both humbling and exhilarating. Barbra's remarkable professional achievements and philanthropic generosity have greatly inspired me and hundreds of millions of people worldwide," Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures and the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio, said in a statement. "The Hollywood Reporter could not have chosen a more deserving individual to recognize than Barbra."
September 29, 2015
Streisand Holiday Ornament
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS proudly announces that incomparable superstar Barbra Streisand will be the 2015 addition to its Broadway Legends holiday ornament collection.
With the gracious permission of Ms. Streisand and her longtime manager, Marty Erlichman, Barbra becomes the eighth member of Broadway Legends series, joining Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon to be celebrated in a holiday glass ornament.
The Broadway Legends ornament features the star as the memorable Fanny Brice from Funny Girl in her iconic red, white and blue sailor costume. In 1964, a star was born and theatrical history was made when Funny Girl opened with a 21-year-old Streisand receiving a standing ovation and 23 curtain calls. As Fanny Brice, Streisand took Broadway by storm, belting out “I’m the Greatest Star.” This year, she will be the greatest star of anyone’s holiday decorations.
“Barbra Streisand is, simply, a legend, our ‘greatest star’ and Broadway’s all-time greatest export,” said TomViola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. “Not only is she an extraordinary actress, director, singer, writer, composer, producer, designer, author and photographer, Barbra Streisand is a champion for the most vulnerable among us. She’s long been a generous and true friend to Broadway Cares and we’re delighted to welcome her to the Broadway Legends collection of stars known by their first names.”
For the Broadway Legends collection, the six-inch-tall glass Barbra ornament was designed exclusively for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by artist Glen Hanson with the Christopher Radko Company. To purchase the limited edition ornament, visit broadwaycares.org.
In the exclusive series of Legends, three are still available in limited quantities to add to your collection: Liza in The Act, Julie in My Fair Lady and Gwen in Sweet Charity.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.
September 11, 2015
Partners Has Legs
Barbra's 2014 album of duets, Partners, reentered the Billboard 200 at number 185.
The Aug. 28 re-airing of Streisand's appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show spurs the former No. 1 album's 372 percent unit gain and reentry. With a 24th chart week, the duets set is now the diva's longest-charting album since Higher Ground wrapped a 27-week run in 1998. Partners is also approaching the million-sales mark, as its total sales rise to 955,000.
UPDATE 9/16/15: Just to clarify .... Partners was already certified Platinum back in January by the RIAA. The Billboard story above mentions “total sales” .... RIAA awards Platinum when an album ships one million units. The figure above is actual sales to date.
August 27, 2015
Recent Barbra Happenings ...
Read an interesting excerpt from the forthcoming book, Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent, by Brian Kellow. Kellow managed to get quotes from Streisand herself about her relationship with Sue Mengers.
Barbra and Lady Gaga posted photos taken at Barbra's home on Saturday, August 22nd. Barbra hosted Ryan Murphy (Glee, The Normal Heart), Gaga (currently filming Murphy's American Horror Story), pal John Travolta (in Murphy's American Crime Story) and wife Kelly Preston, Sammy and Jim Brolin. The internets exploded and Streisand fans speculated what, if anything, it all meant. (Gypsy? A duet? A Saturday night dinner with friends?)
Gaga posted: Barbra and me. what a completely amazing woman. #Funnygirls
Barbra wrote: A wonderful evening at home. (can you spot Sammy in the photo?!)
Barbra's appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will re-air August 28th at 11:35/10:35c.
The Barbra Streisand Film Guide by Paul Busa is the ultimate tribute to the Legend’s remarkable career. Featuring over 600 rare and amazing photographs, several of which have never been published before. With commentary and interesting facts on her movies, one of the many highlights is the outtake sections, with never-before-seen photos of deleted scenes. Full color paperback, 268 pages (49.99). Available exclusively on Amazon.
Seth was in L..A. July 30 performing his show, Deconstructing Broadway, at Largo.
More importantly, backstage Barbra told Seth “two upcoming things she's doing for which I'm sworn to secrecy but her fans will be very, very excited about!”
Seth's daughter Juli and Barbra compare nails:
Director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up)was there, and also posed with Barbra.
August 4, 2015
Rest in Peace Arnold Scaasi
Designer Arnold Scaasi passed away at age 85. (Photo below by Steve Schapiro)
For Barbra Streisand, Scaasi designed clothes and costumes that she wore to the Oscars, her International Hotel debut, her trip to Canada, and the "Daisy Gamble" clothes she wore in her film On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.
On her official site, Streisand said: "I was very saddened to hear of Arnold Scaasi's passing. Arnold was a wonderful designer who knew how to combine fantasy and craftsmanship. He made many fabulous outfits for me over the years and unfortunately, only one of them stole the headlines. I had no idea when I wore it to receive the Academy Award that the outfit would become see-through under the lights! I was embarrassed but it sure was original at the time."
July 18, 2015
Ettore Stratta Has Died
Record producer Ettore Stratta passed away July 9th, as reported by the New York Times.
Stratta produced two amazing Streisand albums: Je m'appelle Barbra and The Christmas Album.
“I was producing recordings by American artists singing in foreign language for the foreign markets,” Stratta recalled. “ And it came the idea that we would do an EP— four songs— with Barbra in French. And then the project developed to such a point that she was so pleased, and of course she had just met Michel [Legrand] and fell in love with him — with his music, with his arranging and everything — that we extended the project and we made a whole LP.”
July 14, 2015
A few items to report ...
- Kim Carnes tells @RollingStone the definitive story of #BarbraStreisand duet 'Make No Mistake He's Mine' here: http://rol.st/1M9ruwG
- Door To Door w/Judy Stakee posted a video interview with Walter Afanasieff (he produced Partners) in which he said: "I just started hopefully what's going to be the new Barbra Streisand project, starting with the first song we just wrote."
- Barbra Archives just joined Instagram and I'm posting fun, rare, and historical Barbra Streisand photos. Follow me on Instagram!
- Ummm, I'm also on Twitter if you want to follow me there!
- “Barbra Streisand rallies women against heart disease, decries gender ‘injustice’ in research” — read this heart-positive piece from the Washington Times.
- Barbra Archives is on Facebook, too ... LIKE me!
July 10, 2015
Omar Sharif Dies
Omar Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital, his longtime agent, London-based Steve Kenis, and the head of Egypt's Theatrical Arts Guild, Ashraf Zaki, told The Associated Press. The actor had been suffering from Alzheimer's.
Sharif portrayed Nicky Arnstein in the 1968 film version of Funny Girl, and repeated the role in the 1975 sequel Funny Lady.
Omar was my first leading man in the movies. He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people's eyes, the idea of casting him in 'Funny Girl' was considered controversial. Yet somehow, under the direction of William Wyler, the romantic chemistry between Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice transcended stereotypes and prejudice. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar, and I'm profoundly sad to hear of his passing.
May 28, 2015
Barbra Donates Sargent Painting
The L.A. Times reports that Barbra will be donating a John Singer Sargent painting ("Mrs. Cazalet and Her Children Edward and Victor") from her private collection to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in recognition of the organization's 50th anniversary.
"It is a piece that needs breadth and space," she told the newspaper. "It needs to be displayed on a museum wall, and LACMA fits the bill."
Streisand is giving the painting as a bequest and the change of hands hasn't taken effect yet. "I hope not for awhile. It will belong to the museum after I leave this earth," she said.
"Barbra really loves this painting," museum director Michael Govan said. "It was her initiative, and it has engendered so much generosity." Govan said that Streisand is also donating a Tiffany lamp to the museum.
Streisand posed for Harper's Bazaar in 2010 with the painting prominently displayed in her home (top of frame, below).
May 20, 2015
Streisand Memoir in 2017
In what is sure to be the blockbuster celebrity memoir of 2017, Viking announced Wednesday it had acquired the singer/actress/director/producer’s autobiography.
“Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years,” said Viking president Brian Tart. “There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.”
[ ... ] She was represented by Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly on the book deal.
From the NY Times today:
Barbra Streisand, the singer, actor, director and graduate of Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, will publish a memoir in 2017. Viking on Wednesday announced it had bought the book, which will cover Ms. Streisand’s entire life and career. In an announcement of the deal, Brian Tart, the president and publisher of Viking, said the many previous books about Ms. Streisand are “full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.”
May 18, 2015
Streisand Lunches with Hollywood Heart Ambassadors
From https://fighttheladykiller.org (Streisand and Jane Lynch pictured below):
Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA), hosted a diverse group of celebrities, including Academy Award winner Helen Hunt, Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, Golden Globe nominee Virginia Madsen, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sarah Chalke, Fran Drescher, Amanda Crew, Josh Brener, Danielle Panabaker, Carly Pope and Jimmy O. Yang, at an intimate celebrity tea at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills Monday to encourage Hollywood elites to lend their strong voices to the fight against women’s heart disease.
Ms. Streisand, who became involved in advocating for women’s heart health after learning about the medical disparity in the management of women’s heart disease, spoke passionately about the need for more ambassadors to fight the number one killer of women nationwide and worldwide.
“Use your powerful voice in the battle for women’s hearts and lives,” said Barbra Streisand. “We need ambassadors like you to educate women and men about the huge and largely preventable toll heart disease takes on mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors nationwide. I’m asking you to get screened yourselves and to use your social media channels to ask women to do the same, so they know if they are at risk and can act to reduce their risk. I’m asking you to help inform and empower our nation to wake up, take action and change the course of this preventable, yet deadly disease.”
May 12, 2015
Chaplin Award Update
UPDATE: Lincoln Center Film has posted a podcast that has some of Streisand's speech in it. Listen to it here.
I'm a little late getting this up, but if you were following my Twitter feed (above ^) then you have probably already seen these. Barbra looked simply gorgeous that evening, and was “in the moment” while trying to read the teleprompter ... funny stuff!
From People Magazine:
While presenting Robert Redford with the prestigious Chaplin Award on [April 27th] at Lincoln Center, his onetime costar Barbra Streisand brushed a lock of his blond hair from his forehead, just as she did in their 1973 movie The Way We Were – leaving the audience cheering and teary-eyed.
"Tonight, some 40 years after we first met on that soundstage," said Streisand, who played Redford's wife Katie Morosky Gardiner in the classic love story, "I'd like to say, 'Dear Bob, it was such fun being married to you for a while. Too bad it didn't work out. But we made something that will last much longer than many real marriages. I am so proud of the work we did together. I was thrilled to be your leading lady then, and I am honored to present this award to you now.' "
April 23, 2015
Barbra at Women in the World
Barbra Streisand spoke on stage during the Women in the World Summit held In New York on April 23, 2015 in New York City.
“Women still think: ‘You better not talk about heart disease because it’s an old man’s disease,’” said Barbra Streisand during a discussion that shattered some of the myths surrounding heart disease and exposed the issue of gender bias in medicine. “I think women are still viewed as second-class citizens. It’s still a kind of old boys club, and whether it’s politics or in the workplace, it’s also there in medical research. For the last 50 years, most of the research has been done on men,” said the singer, actor, director and philanthropist during the second afternoon of the Women in the World Summit.
Streisand was joined by Dr. Holly Andersen, Attending Cardiologist and Director of Education and Outreach, Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, and Vanessa Noel, a CEO, hotelier, and women’s shoe designer, in a panel moderated by ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
April 19, 2015
Streisand Attends LACMA Gala
Barbra Streisand and Jim Brolin attended the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) 50th Anniversary Gala sponsored by Christie's at LACMA on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
April 1, 2015
Barbra at Women in the World Summit
On April 23, Barbra will be speaking about the inequity in heart disease research for women at the Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit in New York.
More Clues About Gypsy
Just another tidbit ...
Playbill reported that, during a recent radio interview, screenwriter and director Richard LaGravenese spoke some more about re-writing the Gypsy screenplay recently with Streisand—“...hopefully that's going to get done," he said — plus a cautious answer about Lady Gaga possibly being cast as Louise/Gypsy: "I don't know if I'm supposed to say anything. I'm not sure yet," he said.
Twilight Time is having a 4th birthday celebration! The promotion runs until Friday, April 3rd at 4pm EST.
I've received several emails from Streisand fans who get confused about the Twilight Time label, so, if you're interested, here's a quick explanation:
- As this article articulates, ".... With studios in fear of losing profits to more DVD/Blu-Ray releases as well as online downloading, they backed off of releasing more niche titles that would cost them more than they would gain. In so doing, third party distribution labels began surfacing."
- Twilight Time is a "boutique" company that produces limited runs (3,000 units only!) of our favorite classic films on Blu-ray.
- As this article warns, "Beware of “scalpers” who lie in wait to snatch up as many copies as possible for their own gain via eventual eBay sales....” You should know that Twilight Time has NOT sold out of its Streisand titles yet, so if you see it for sale anywhere else, it's simply an expensive markup. You know what I mean?
- These Blus are REGION-FREE, which means they will play on ANY Blu-ray player (European fans!!)
- Buy direct from Twilight Time! They've done a great job on the Blu-rays, and by buying direct, you send the message that "Streisand sells" and we may see more BJS Blus in the future from them.
- Twilight Time sells their Blu-rays through a site called Screen Archives.
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 Show, Three 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.
February 27, 2015
Barbra Archives on Facebook
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:
- “I finished [the screenplay] before Christmas. Barbra and I worked on it from September through the fall. I had the best time with her. I can’t even tell you. It was like a fantasy come true. I did my first draft and went to her house to do rewrites. She’s so meticulous in the best possible way. We went through it page by page by page. I played Herbie and she played Rose. I’d play Louise and she’d play Rose. We laughed and had the best time together. I hope it gets made because having her sing that score and play that part would be the penultimate moment for those of us who love that musical. She’s just extraordinary to work with. She cares so much. She’s so passionate about it. She’s so smart. We had such a great time ... The script is at the studio. Joel Silver is a very tenacious producer. I hear that he’s going to make sure this happens.”
- Regarding Barbra's age, he said: “I think it’s more about her singing that score. She’s an actress and it’s a movie. When Sarah Bernhardt was in her 70s she was performing younger roles. It doesn’t matter to me. She looks fantastic, first of all. I’m not going to be watching the movie doing math. I just want to hear her do that part. I know she can do it. For those who are going to have that problem, nothing we do is going to help that. They’re going to be out to comment on that. I’d rather have her play the part and sing that score and fuck the rest of it. ”
- On how he's written his screenplay: “... she sent me Gypsy to read and it just evolved into wanting to do a rewrite on it, which was primarily about putting Arthur Laurents’ book back into it, because it’s the best fucking book of any musical. [Laughs] And then expanding and doing things I’ve always wanted to do in terms of character for Louise and the relationship between June and Louise. It’s a tough show to make cinematic. “Some People” is a very tough song to make cinematic. It’s a dynamic song, but it takes place in a kitchen. So how do you film that? It’s the toughest number in the show. All of those things we worked on were really fun.”
- On who will direct: “I can’t answer that.”
February 11, 2015
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.
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.
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
Barbra speaks to the magazine (February 2015 issue) about her favorite cause: women's heart health.
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).
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
Barbra Archives on Facebook
I finally started a Facebook page for Barbra Archives!
I'm hoping it will be an extension of this site, with news, discussion, photos, and links to historical pages here.
You can also follow me on Twitter -- where I post lots of links to stories about Barbra Streisand that I don't have time to post here.
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.
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.
January 14, 2015
ASC to Salute Streisand with Governors Award
LOS 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!
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.
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!
- Yentl is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.66:1. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix sounds amazing. David Watkins' cinematography has never looked better: you can see details of the intricate lace, wood grain and curly hair better than ever. And his beautifully golden tones look fantastic ... a look he achieved years before Hollywood began using digital post-production for that effect.
- Funny Lady is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. It's never sounded better either: the 5.1 audio mix sounds great in my home theater. The image is gorgeous: no specks or flaws in the negative that I can see. Let me say two things about Funny Lady, outside of its technical merits:
- This is such an underrated film! Although its tone is so different from Funny Girl, it stands on its own. Barbra's performance is so good here, too! Why have I forgotten the lovely "I need you" scene in bed with James Caan? Fantastic performance!
- When Funny Lady was originally released on DVD, there were no bonus features. On this Blu-ray release there are several, and they are very special: The featurettes (In Search of a Star; The New Look of Barbra in Funny Lady; Dancing on the Water; Original Domestic Theatrical Trailer; Original International Theatrical Trailer) are all a BIG treat. If you watch closely, almost each one contains some of the musical numbers which were filmed then cut from Funny Lady. These really make the Blu-ray special.
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.]
December 10, 2014
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!
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.
Barbra's album Partners was nominated for a Grammy Award!
BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM. Here's the other nominees:
- Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Cheek to Cheek
- Johnny Mathis, Sending You a Little Christmas
- Annie Lennox, Nostalgia
- Barbra Streisand, Partners
- Barry Manilow, Night Songs
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
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.”
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
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.”
Barbra did not pose on the red carpet, but here's Jason, looking handsome!
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.
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!
- Release Date: December 9th, 2014
- Pre-order date/link: Wednesday, 19th November at 4 pm EST
- Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release. Only 3,000 units available. Once they are gone – they are gone!
- Technical Specs:
- LANGUAGE: English
- VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
- AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
- SUBTITLES: English SDH
- 1983 / Color 133 MINUTES (Theatrical Version) / 137 MINUTES (Extended Cut)
- REGION FREE
- Special Features:
- Director's Extended Cut of the Film and the Theatrical Version
- Introduction to the Film by Barbra Streisand
- Audio Commentary by Barbra Streisand and Co-Producer Rusty Lemorande
- Deleted Scenes
- Introduction to Special Features by Barbra Streisand
- The Director's Reel Featurette
- The Rehearsal Process with Materials from Barbra's Archives
- My Wonderful Cast and Crew Featurette
- Deleted Song Storyboard Sequences
- Barbra's 8mm Concept Film with Optional Narration
- Still Galleries
- Theatrical Trailers
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!
- Release Date: December 9th, 2014
- Pre-order date/link: Wednesday, November 19th at 4 pm EST
- Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release Only 3,000 units available.
- Technical Specs:
- LANGUAGE: English
- VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
- AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
- SUBTITLES: English SDH
- 1975 / Color 138 MINUTES
- REGION FREE
- Special Features *Updated 11/18:
- "In Search of a Star" featurette
- “The New Look of Barbra in “Funny Lady” featurette
- “Dancing on the Water” featurette
- Original Theatrical trailer
- English SDH subtitles
The covers of the booklets that are included with each Blu-ray:
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.