Barbra Backs Female Lawyer For Seat in Congress
June 11, 1970
Entertainer Barbra Streisand, in her debut as a political fund raiser, opened her East Side New York town house Tuesday night to promote the candidacy of her lawyer friend, Bella Abzug, who is running for Congress.
“I'm doing this because Bella Abzug is a remarkable woman,” Miss Streisand said. “She's a fighter for peace, and a fighter for people. I really believe we need her in Congress.”
Mrs. Abzug, a staunch feminist, is a Reform Democrat and an advocate of ending the war in Vietnam.
Miss Streisand, who has been seen frequently in the company of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, was asked by a newsman if she thought he “is doing a good job of running Canada.”
“We don't really talk about politics,” she replied.
Streisand Politicks in New House
June 15, 1970
by Earl Wilson
The beautiful wife and I shoved our way into Barbra Streisand's $420,000 four-story townhouse where she gave a $25-a-head political party for would-be Congressman Bella Abzug—and were imressed at Barb's hospitality. “I'm auctioning off my furniture for the cause,” Barb said laughingly: she hasn't a stick in the place. When she and Harry Belafonte began selling autographs for $25 for the campaign fund, there was a rush of customers. I bought eight on my credit card and left. The B.W. was real cute about it. “You know,” she chided me, “you don't have any credit card.”
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