Esquire Feb 1965 cover


February 1965

Where Marcello Mastroianni would take Barbra Streisand if she visited Italy.

Photo by Carl Fischer

[Barbra-Archives note: This issue of Esquire featured a lovely photo of (left to right) Edward Albee, Sol Hurok, and Barbra Streisand. The photograph was by Carl Fischer. The magazine posed the question, "Could these three Americans find happiness in Europe?" Each personality, then, was assigned a native European who speculated where he would take his guest. For Streisand, Esquire assigned Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. Below are a couple of paragraphs excerpted from Mastroianni's page. The rest of the story, although it contained some great tourism tips, did not concentrate on Ms. Streisand.]

Edward Albee, Sol Hurok, Barbra Streisand photo

Marcello Mastroianni's Italy For Barbra Streisand

“When she heard I was coming to New York last time, Sophia Loren told me I must see this Barbra Streisand. I tried to get tickets to her show, but couldn't. So I would be happy to see her in Italy. But I think I would be the wrong kind of host for her. She might want to be with all the smart people, stay at the Rome Excelsior, go to parties ...

... But I think that if she came to Rome, I would send her husband out to all these places. I would send out for some of the wonderful meatballs from Safa Palatino studio commissary, lock the door of my apartment, and have her sing and dance for me.”

Closeup of Streisand


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