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Streisand Is The Designing Woman As Well As Star Of "The Main Event"

Streisand on Deco set

"If I hadn't become an actress," says Barbra Streisand, "I would have designed houses, furniture or clothes or been in advertising, or had something to do with the art world."

Now, in "The Main Event," Streisand has been given the opportunity to delve into this personal love of design as well as to accept the challenge of a new comedic and romantic role.

In one of "The Main Event's" first sequences, Streisand, who portrays a successful perfume manufacturer, is seen in her plush executive offices. She became personally involved when it was decided that the office would be decorated in an Art Deco motif, with monotone grays and blacks blended in a striking way. Highly familiar with this area of design, Streisand became active in the planning and execution of this setting — to the extent of even having the Art Deco doors from her home transported to the studio for use in this scene in the romantic comedy.

"I can remember my first apartment in New York City," she recalls. "It was a railroad flat on Third Avenue —- and I filled it with screens and lacquered chests. Even when I had no money, there was always the need to design my surroundings."

Since those days, Streisand has become an expert on the style of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, as evidenced by the many fine objects and antiques which she has carefully collected and which now adorn her New York penthouse and homes in Los Angeles and Malibu Beach, California. She is quite knowledgeable about the history, origins and similarities between the two creative movements, and continues to study and refine her expertise in these and other artistic modes.

"I really enjoy all periods of design," Streisand notes. "Going back into the past is like little flights of fantasy for me.

"I simply love beautiful things," she adds, appearing as sure-eyed in her sense of design as she is about almost every other aspect of her professional career. "I love precision and perfection »— and I like junky things too."

Streisand standing on art deco set

Ryan O'Neal No Stranger To Ring In "The Main Event"

Ryan ONeal and Jon Peters on break from filming

Above: Ryan O'Neal and Jon Peters on a break from filming.

If Ryan O'Neal appears to know the boxing ropes in "The Main Event," it's because his role of an ex-prize-fighter is not so far removed from O'Neal's personal experience.

As "Kid Natural" in the romantic comedv, O'Neal is coaxed and cajoled into returning to championship form by his distaff manager, played by Barbra Streisand, thus giving the actor the opportunity to exhibit his well-trained pugilistic skills as well as his comedic ones.

"I guess I should know my way around a ring," admits O'Neal. "I started boxing when I was l0. My dad built a ring for me and my brothers. We fought in YMCA bouts, Golden Gloves, CYO, any- thing we could."

"The Main Event" reteams O'Neal with Streisand for the first time since their successful motion picture hit, "What's Up Doc?" Like that 1972 movie, "The Main Event" becomes a filmic battle of the sexes as O'Neal's "Kid Natural" constantly objects to resuming his boxing career.

The role in "The Main Event" offered O'Neal a chance to return to the sport he loves. Actually, O'Neal had never fully left the fight game, even though he quit boxing at 17 when his acting career took off. Once he was able to raise the necessary financial support, O'Neal became a manager and owner of fighters, including the very popular Hedgemon Lewis, who fought three times for the welterweight title. Lewis, along with former light—heavyweight champion Jose Torres, served as technical consultants for "The Main Event," and O'Neal lauds their contribution to the film.

"For instance, there was a scene where Streisand wraps my hands before a fight," says O'Neal, "and Lewis worked with her for hours before we shot the scene. He and Torres also took me through about 150 rounds of training for the role. Since I had three major fight sequences in the film, they weren't about to have me look sloppy — or get hurt."

Lewis is just as laudatory of O'Neal's on-screen boxing prowess in "The Main Event." "O'Neal knows as much about boxing as almost anybody in the country," he says. "He reads a lot about it and he's been involved with fighting since before we met in 1966."

Before the shooting began, O'Neal took Streisand to see several professional fights, including one which featured a woman manager — just another round of preparation for O'Neal and Streisand as they got in shape for "The Main Event."

Production Art

The great caricaturist Al Hirschfeld created this piece of publicity art for The Main Event, featuring O'Neal and Streisand.

Drawing of ONeal and Streisand by Hirschfeld

Sherman Labby was a storyboard artist and production illustrator for many films like Blade Runner and The Witches of Eastwick. Below are three storyboards for The Main Event, featuring a boxing scene with Streisand in the ring — screen grabs from the actual movie show the final frames.

Sherman Labby storyboards

Cut Scenes

Below are a few scenes which were cut from The Main Event.

(Below): Hillary drinks orange juice on a card table after she's had to auction off all her furniture due to financial difficulties.

Streisand at card table

Cut scenes from MAIN EVENT

(Above): Paul Sand, as Hillary's ex-husband, David, had a few extra scenes in The Main Event which were snipped short. Here, after that gorgeous scene in which Hillary faces the beach at sunrise, David comes up behind her. (Photo contributed by Michael Kessler).

(Below): Another cut scene in which Hillary's shortage of cash is illustrated at the gas pump.

Hillary pumps her own gas

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