Funny Lady: Press & Premiere

Industry ad: Money Lady

(Above: an industry ad touting the box office sales for FUNNY LADY.)

Columbia Pictures Press Releases

To publicize Funny Lady, Columbia Pictures issued a series of press releases, each covering a different aspect of the film, or featuring interviews with the film's principle actors. Barbra Archives has scanned three press releases for Streisand fans to read.

The press release links below are PDF files (use Adobe Reader to view them):

Columbia Pictures Exhibitor's Promo Package

In 1975 Columbia Pictures sent out a special exhibitor’s promotional package for their Funny Girl sequel, Funny Lady.

promo package scans

The package featured an 11x14-inch gatefold cover: “The Funny Girl you fell in love with becomes the Lady you will never forget.” Inside, between opposing logos was an 11x14 full color shot of Streisand in her Bob Mackie-designed “Great Day” costume; the pre-printed signature from Barbra said, “Dear Exhibitor—See you Easter ‘75!”

A 5-page production sheet gave background on the cast and production team.

Exhibitor photo

Included in the promotional package (and most rare!) was a 10-inch promotional record featuring excerpts from “Great Day,” “I Found a Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten-Cent Store),” “Love Song” (which was “If I Love Again”), “Blind Date” and “Production Number” (which featured the rare, unreleased “All My Life on the Stage” — the introduction to “Let's Hear It For Me”).

close up of record label

Newspaper, Magazine Ads

People magazine

Streisand and Caan appeared on the cover of the March 10, 1975 issue of People magazine. (The story inside the magazine was about Caan.)

color ad for Funny Lady

Below: Funny Lady “sheer velvet frost” lip color!

Funny Lady lip gloss

“Funny Lady” Premieres

Streisand's big sequel to Funny Girl received cross-country (and cross-Continental!) premieres.

The Washington, D.C. premiere (attended by President Ford at the Kennedy Center) was March 9, 1975. Pictured below left: Pres. Ford and Streisand; Below right: Streisand and Jon Peters.

Streisand also performed a live concert that evening, which was broadcast on ABC. (For more information see this Barbra-Archives page.)

President Ford, Jon Peters with Streisand at D.C. premiere

Below: Streisand, Caan and Ray Stark attended the premiere of Funny Lady at Loews Plaza theater in New York on March 11, 1975.

Caan, Streisand, and Stark at New York premiere

Funny Lady opened the Los Angeles film festival called Filmex on March 13, 1975. It was held at the Century Plaza Hotel ballroom.


“Funny Lady” Royal Premiere

The London premiere was Mary 17, 1975 at the Odeon Theatre Leicester Square.

Streisand shakes Queen Elizabeths hand

“Why do women have to wear gloves and not the men?” Barbra Streisand asked Queen Elizabeth II as they extended their gloved hands to each other at the royal premiere of Funny Lady.

“I'll have to think about that one,” the queen replied. “I suppose it's tradition.”

Palace protocol demands that women being presented to the monarch wear gloves. Men do not.

The queen's gloves were pink silk, Miss Streisand's white leather.

Costar James Caan, next on the receiving line at the benefit Monday night, haad his own handshake problem. His fist was bandaged.

“I got it rodeoing,” he said.

“Goodness!” exclaimed the queen.

Streisand wore a custom made full length cape of crushed velour with hood. It was decoratively adorned in a floral motif made up of multi colored threads, bugle beads and rhinestones (the robe was auctioned in 2004).

Premiere robe details

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“Funny Lady” DVDs, Blu-rays & CDs

New! December 2014 ... Funny Lady was released on Blu-ray disc from Twilight Time. Click here to order from their site.

Funny Lady bluray cover

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Funny Lady—Major Awards & Nominations
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (nominee) James Wong Howe Oscar (AMPAS)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN (nominee) Ray Aghayan, Bob Mackie Oscar (AMPAS)
MUSIC/ORIGINAL SONG SCORE & ADAPTATION (nominee) Adaptation Score by Peter Matz Oscar (AMPAS)

“How Lucky Can You Get”

Music & Lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander

Oscar (AMPAS)
SOUND (nominee) Richard Portman, Don MacDougall, Curly Thirlwell, Jack Solomon Oscar (AMPAS)
BEST ACTOR - MUSICAL OR COMEDY (nominee) James Caan Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
BEST ACTING DEBUT IN A MOTION PICTURE (nominee) Ben Vereen Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
BEST ACTRESS - MUSICAL OR COMEDY (nominee) Barbra Streisand Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
BEST FILM - MUSICAL OR COMEDY (nominee) Funny Lady Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (nominee) Fred Ebb and John Kander Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

“How Lucky Can You Get”

Music & Lyrics by Fred Ebb and John Kander

Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)


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