The Press Correspondents Dinner
Sheraton Park Hotel
May 24, 1963
The annual Press Correspondents Dinner is a gathering of the White House Correspondents Association members—the press corps that works daily reporting news about the U.S. president.
Merv Griffin arranged for Streisand to participate in the Press Correspondents dinner in 1963. Griffin told Larry King, “I took Streisand with me and a couple of people, and we did a show.”
The variety show was performed in the very large Sheraton Hall of the Sheraton-Park hotel. Performers featured that evening were comedian Guy Marks, Edie Adams, piano team Ferrante & Teicher and the cast of Chicago's Struts and Frets. Merv Griffin served as emcee.
Barbra sang for the crowd. Variety reported her songs were “Cry Me A River,” “When The Sun Comes Out,” and her closer, “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
Peter Daniels conducted the orchestra for Streisand.
Barbra Streisand, manager Marty Erlichman, and pianist Peter Daniels met President John F. Kennedy that evening after the show. Barbra, ignoring protocol, asked JFK for his autograph. She recalled, “After the dinner I met him. He said, ‘You have a beautiful voice. How long have you been singing?’ I said, ‘As long as you’ve been President’. I never get autographs for myself, but my mother had asked me to get his. He signed a card for me and I said, ‘You’re a doll.’”
Click the button below to hear a 1964 interview with Streisand in which she describes meeting Kennedy:
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