New Diana Krall-Produced Album

Read all the news about Barbra's 63rd studio album here >>

Yentl on DVD

Yentl is coming to DVD in Feb. 2009! Full specs are listed here. Meanwhile, is accepting pre-orders:


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The news below is from Jan.—Dec. 2008.

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December 31, 2008

Ken Cen Broadcast Wrap-Up

The Kennedy Center Honors aired last night. Having attended the actual live show back at the beginning of December, here are my observations about the broadcast version:

Early Streisand headshots

Some of Barbra's tribute can be found on YouTube. Search for it!

December 30, 2008

Some news and spoilers about Barbra's new Diana Krall-produced album >>

December 30, 2008

Streisand in 2-Part Interview on CBS Early Show

Early Show clip

Streisand's interview with Julie Chen, filmed during the week she visited Washington, D.C. for the Kennedy Center Honors, aired in two parts this morning on CBS's The Early Show.

Chen posed obvious, often-asked questions to Streisand, who looked great. CBS pulled some rare stock footage for one of the teasers: footage of Streisand in her cream gown from her 1994 New York concert singing "Evergreen". Also, when discussing forgetting the words in Central Park, they showed rare newsreel film footage of Barbra performing. In one of the shots, you can see the video cameraman in front of Streisand, singing on a stool, with his camera cue list affixed to his large video camera. Cool!

Some interesting parts of the interview ...

When asked about winning her Oscar for Funny Girl, Streisand said “How do I say this? Belief inspires reality. Perception and belief creates reality. It's a vision. I don't know. I remember it was an awful choice I made wearing the dress I made for the first Academy Award, but I thought to myself, I'm going to win this again. Isn't that terrible to say? But that's the truth”.

You can read a CBS story about the interview, which really summarizes what Chen and Streisand spoke about, here >>

December 29, 2008

Lloyd Webber on Norma / Streisand

In a Dec. 29, 2008 interview with Luke Leitch for the Times Online, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber updates us (sort of) about the status of the Sunset Boulevard film, based on his 1994 musical.

I ask if the long-mooted film of Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard is in development, albeit delayed by the Hollywood writer's strike? “No,” he says. “the film has been delayed entirely because Paramount, which owns the original film, is not keen on it being made. Many people have wanted to play the role [of Norma] — the latest is Barbra Streisand.”

Glenn Close? “Glenn has absolutely wanted to play it, Meryl [Streep] has wanted to play it and none of us can get past this wall. I don't think they get the idea of a musical at all.”

December 26, 2008

Streisand on (Kennedy Center Honors)

Ken Cen screen captures

The Kennedy Center Honors airs on CBS December 30th. has a special page dedicated to the awards.

(I just love this shot of Streisand miming “oops” after Bush introduces her and mentions how outspoken she is!)

Streisand oops

Right now, has some Ken Cen Honors 2008 video clips (including the one below, following the commercial) posted online:

Watch CBS Videos Online

December 24, 2008

Revised Yentl DVD artwork and new Press Release >>

December 23, 2008

Inaugural Streisand?

David Axelrod, Obama's top advisor, has called Quincy Jones for some help with Obama's Inaugural gala.

Quincy Jones spoke with Phil Bronstein about the concert:

We're in the middle of that now, we're talking about it ... Don Mischer's been calling me. It's great because Tony Bennett's called, ready with Stevie [Wonder], Barbra's ready with “Happy Days Are Here Again” ...

Don Mischer, by the way, produced Barbra's television special, Timeless.

Streisand sang at Bill Clinton's Inaugural Gala in 1993.

December 21, 2008

Diana Krall album news item posted >>

December 19, 2008

Streisand Segment on CBS Early Show, Dec. 30

The Kennedy Honors special will air on CBS on Tuesday, December 30.

The CBS Early Show interview with Barbra Streisand will be the concluding segment of the network's five day build-up to the airing of the Kennedy Honors special. Her segment will occur on the morning broadcast of Tuesday, December 30.

Keep your eye on this web page of the CBS Early Show website ... They'll most likely post the video here after the interview airs.

Yentl DVD Specs Released

The info is on the Yentl DVD page >>

December 17, 2008

Streisand for the Holidays

Barbra Archives has found a couple of DVDs that might appeal to the Streisand fan who thought they had *everything* in his or her collection.

Hollywood DVD set

First there is the 5-DVD set, Hollywood Biographies - The Leading Ladies from Passport Video. Discs 1—4 focus on legends like Bette Davis, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn.

Barbra is on disc five.

Why is this DVD so rare? Well, Barbra's section contains some of the old featurettes from her films, which are not available anywhere else. You will see behind-the-scenes footage from The Owl and the Pussycat, Funny Girl, The Way We Were, and Funny Lady. (The Funny Girl footage is the same as on the 2001 DVD—that documentary in the train station ... Funny Lady is simply a trailer ... but The Way We Were and Owl have rare footage!) Barbra Archives will warn that the production values on this 5-DVD set are pretty low. There is narration over the featurettes, too. There has been no "restoration" on the footage used. But, again, it's the only place you can get this footage, short of old, bootleg VHS tapes. Order The Leading Ladies 5-DVD set at

Show Stoppers DVD

Another DVD, Great Entertainers: The Show Stoppers, from Passport Video has another good-quality clip of Streisand singing “Cry Me A River” from The Dinah Shore Show in 1963. The clip is in black-and-white, and it is nice to see it included on this DVD. Lately, the only other place to view it is in low-quality on YouTube. Other performers on this DVD are Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Liberace. Order Great Entertainers: The Show Stoppers at

Quincy Jones DVD

Also, don't forget the documentary, Listen Up!: The Lives of Quincy Jones, which makes its debut on DVD on January 27, 2009 when it is released. Streisand appeared in this film, talking about Quincy Jones. You can read about it at the Barbra Archives film page. There are other amazing artists in it, too. Order Listen Up!: The Lives of Quincy Jones at

In the hardcover book, Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (published 2007, Collins Design) by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Streisand's costumes in Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly! have their own pages. Irene Sharaff's costume design drawings appear, too. Order Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design at


As usual, your Amazon buys help support Barbra Archives (I get small change from each purchase).

Happy Holidays to you all!

December 16, 2008

Two new pages were added to keep track of the respective news:

December 16, 2008

Funny Girl in Hi-Def

HDNet Movies—available on cable TV—presents major studio theatrical releases – all uncut, unedited, and appearing in their original aspect ratio. The movies are broadcast in HD.

Streisand's 1968 film debut, Funny Girl, will appear in the high definition on HDNet Movies on January 25 & 31, 2009.

Barbra Archives wonders .... if Funny Girl has been scanned in high def for this broadcast, could a new, Blu-Ray version of the film be far off? It's been almost 8 years since Funny Girl was released on DVD. It would certainly be wonderful for Streisand fans to enjoy the musical in the new format. And since Blu-Ray can hold so much more data, it would be even more wonderful if Sony, which owns and distributes Funny Girl, would include all the bonus material that did not make it onto the 2001 DVD.

Sony, can you hear me?

December 7, 2008

Barbra's Kennedy Center Honor: Like Buttah

Updated: 12:48am EST

Barbra at Ken Cen

I'm back from the Kennedy Center Honors. What an experience, seeing Barbra right in front of me!

Honorees at Kennedy Center

Barbra's presentation was last of the evening. Queen Latifah introduced her with a nice speech (and even sang "Enough is Enough" from the podium, which made Barbra laugh). The short film featured very rare, early photographs of Streisand, as well as Bon Soir photos. Also in the film: clips of Funny Girl ("My Man"), Yentl, The Way We Were ...

Glenn Close came out a made a wonderful speech about gays and lesbians by referencing Barbra's movie about Margarethe Cammermeyer (Serving in Silence).

Then Close introduced young singers who saluted Streisand.

First up was Idina Menzel singing “Dont Rain on My Parade”. ("Hey there, Miss Streisand, I'm your biggest fan....")

Next, Beyonce rose from the floor and sang a lovely rendition of “The Way We Were”, using a backing track that sounded note-for-note like Barbra's 1973 single.

Ne-Yo, backed by male back-up dancers, sang (and danced) “Lover, Come Back to Me” (great!!!).

Then, Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn sang “Somewhere”, backed by a large choir.

I could see Barbra's reactions on the television screens inside the theater. She thought the choir sounded pretty. And she was bobbing right along when Idina Menzel sang “Parade”.

Last number for Barbra

(Above): The end of Streisand's tribute. The audience stood, turned around, and saluted Streisand up in the box. You can see the choir onstage.

(Below): The Kennedy Center program, wire-bound, was full of pictures of all of the artists. Some rare Streisand shots! That's Barbra singing at Basin Street East on the left, below.

rare photos in the program

(Below): Angelo, Robin, Kevin and me (Matt). Robin's sign got Marty Erlichman's attention, and he made sure Barbra came over to say hello to us—she was the only celebrity that did that!! Amazing. She looks just like Barbra Streisand up close, LOL.

At Ken Cen

And here's a video-cast of my experience:

Updated: 3:01pm EST

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, choreographer Twyla Tharp, actor Morgan Freeman, director, actress, and singer Barbra Streisand, and singer George Jones, pose after receiving their honors at a gala dinner at the US State Department in Washington December 6, 2008. (Photos by Mike Theiler).


Below, Barbra and Morgan Freeman ... Barbra and husband James Brolin:

State Dinner Honorees

In an interview with the AP Press, Streisand said “Art transcends politics this weekend.” When asked if she wished President-elect Obama was hosting instead of President Bush, Barbra laughed, “That would have been lovely, or Clinton.”

At a luncheon at the Kennedy Center yesterday, December 6th, Donna Karan and Glenn Close (who is part of the Kennedy Center's national artists committee) were present.

Today, December 7th, Streisand and the other Honorees visit the White House. After the White House reception, the group will travel with the president and first lady Laura Bush to the performing arts center for a gala in their honor.

December 6, 2008

Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday

Streisand photographed for Post

Barbra Streisand will be in Washington, D.C. this weekend to attend the Kennedy Center Honors program.

Peter Marks has written a nice story about her in the Washington Post. Marks actually sat down with Streisand in Malibu. The Post interview also includes a new (lovely!) photograph by Deborah Wald (left).

In regards to mingling with President Bush, whom Streisand has been critical of, Barbra tells Marks “Barack took the high road in this election, and I'm going to have to take it, too.”

Streisand also tells Marks that she would like to direct a film again, and mentions The Normal Heart—based on Larry Kramer's play, a project which has been on and off again for years.

As for the upcoming CD with Diana Krall, Streisand reveals there is no theme, “just songs that I like.”

You can read the entire article, which includes a photo gallery, at the Washington Post site.

The Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on December 30th at 9pm EST ... set your DVRs and VCRs, because it only airs ONCE!

(And I'm still on a waiting list for tickets to the program on Sunday ... oy!)

November 28, 2008

Barbra Archives: Redesigned & Relaunched!

Welcome to Barbra Archives 2.0!

It's taken me about 4 months to redesign the site. Below is a video of me talking about the redesign. At the end of the video, I recap some Streisand news, including the Kennedy Center, the new album with Diana Krall, and the Live 2006 DVD.

Here's some of the newly redesigned pages I mentioned in the video that I'm very proud of:

Dec. 4 update on those Kennedy Center tickets: I'm still on the waiting list for Ken Cen tickets for Sunday! I've been told it's possible I could get a call on the day of the show if there is a cancellation and my name moves up on the list ... OMG, This has GOT to happen!!! — Matt (standing by, with tux ready...)

November 28, 2008

Yentl DVD Cover

Yentl DVD cover

Yentl is due Feb. 3, 2009 on DVD from MGM. Complete specs are due very soon. You can pre-order from Amazon using this link right here!

November 26, 2008

Ne-Yo, Latifah to Sing for Streisand?

Ne Yo

Marc Malkin at E! Online reports that R&B singer Ne-Yo and Queen Latifah are possibly joining Beyonce at the Kennedy Center on December 7th to honor and probably sing for Barbra Streisand.

The Kennedy Center Honors will air at 9pm EST on CBS on December 30th—one time only! Set those DVRs and VCRs!

November 18, 2008

Beyonce Sings Barbra's Praises @ Ken Cen


From an L.A. Times article this week, singer Beyonce says:

“Barbra Streisand, that's the career model for me, I want to be like her. She is just the ultimate. And I want to be an icon, too.”

The article reveals:

Beyoncé clearly seeks out role models and thumbs through music history the way some people browse catalogs. On Dec. 7, she will seek out her hero, Streisand; Beyoncé will perform "The Way We Were" at the Kennedy Center Honors and she already has butterflies.

"It makes you stand up straight too, absolutely," she said.

November 14, 2008

“Ken Cen Honors” Airs on CBS December 30

From the CBS press release:

Tuesday, Dec. 30 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) THE 31ST ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS- Actor Morgan Freeman, singer George Jones, director, actress, singer, writer, composer and producer Barbra Streisand, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who will receive this year's honors. In this star-studded celebration, the 2008 Honorees will be saluted by great performers from Hollywood and the arts capitals of the world. Seated with President and Mrs. Bush, the Honorees will accept the thanks of their peers and fans through performances and tributes. Caroline Kennedy returns as host.

November 12, 2008

Brolin Talks: Barbra's Gay Rights Film

Josh Brolin, currently starring as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's film, W, and next in the gay rights film Milk, did in interview with the Chicago Sun Times in which he revealed some of Streisand's film plans. He told them:

There's no truth to the story Barbra was upset I was doing 'W.' She's seen it and liked it, but she likes this film ['Milk'] even more. But then she is the gay diva,'' said Brolin with a laugh. ''She's their idol, plus she's putting together a film herself about this era of gay rights. It's about a gay couple, but it's not about Harvey Milk.

November 5, 2008

Ray Ellis Dies

Ray Ellis, the revered pop arranger, died Oct. 27 of liver cancer at an assisted-living facility in Encino, according to his son Marc, a film and television composer.

Streisand admired Ellis for his arrangements on Billie Holiday's last album, Lady in Satin.

As early as 1963, Streisand was working with Ellis for tracks on her Third Album (My Melancholy Baby, As Time Goes By). She utilized his skills on the People album (I'm All Smiles and Don't Like Goodbyes) and The Christmas Album (Silent Night, I Wonder As I Wander, Gounod's Ave Maria).

Novemer 4, 2008

Streisand's New Album: Diana Krall Producing

Diana Krall

Diana Krall—jazz vocalist and wife of musician-songwriter Elvis Costello—is producing Barbra Streisand's next album. They begin working on it next week.

Barbra participated in call-in interviews to local radio stations yesterday, encouraging people to go out and vote. Streisand took caller questions on five channels on Monday from roughly 4:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. The stations, in order of her appearance, were: KPRS in St. Louis, Missouri; WASN/WRBT/WGFT in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; KEZK in St. Louis Missouri; WIKY in Indiana; KPLV in Las Vegas, Nevada; and WYXB in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Barbra revealed the news during one of the interviews!

On B105.7, Barbra told the listeners:

"I'm starting to make an album next week with Diana Krall."

Listen to Barbra's statement here:

{*hat tip to Linda at Barbra News Forum for the link}

You can also hear it on their site: (*scroll down to “Featured Interview”)

Barbra's album will most likely be out in February. (Anyone else think “Make Someone Happy”, which Barbra sang at the Obama fundraiser, will be part of the album?)

Barbra's new album looks to be comprised of standards.

November 4, 2008

Yentl: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Coming

Look for YENTL: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION to make its DVD debut on February 3, 2009. (Amazon is accepting pre-orders).

The DVD has not been finalized yet. More details, like the bonus features, cover art and specs, will follow in a few weeks. Stay tuned here for the info!

November 4, 2008

Listen Up: Quincy Jones Documentary on DVD

The 1990 theatrical film about Quincy Jones in which Barbra Streisand has a cameo will debut on DVD January 27, 2009 from Warner Home Video.

You can order if from Amazon by following this link.

October 31, 2008

Streisand Urges Women to Vote

“I'm Barbra Streisand and I approve this message...”

October 18, 2008

Streisand Attends Oceana 2008 Partners Award Gala

Oceana with Sting

Sting, Ted Danson, Barbra Streisand, and James Brolin attend Oceana's 2008 Partners Award Gala held at a private residence on October 18, 2008 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Oceana photos by Vince Bucci).

Danson and Streisand

October 14, 2008

Streisand & Hubby at Dodger Game

Streisand at Dodgers game

(L-R) Singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”: James Brolin, Barbra Streisand, Jamie McCourt and owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Frank McCourt watch Game Four against the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 13, 2008 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo above by Harry How)

(Photos, below, by Danny Moloshok)

Streisand at game

October 8, 2008

“All About Barbra”: Relaunched!

All About Barbra Magazine

All About Barbra magazine, which has published since the mid-1980s, is going to relaunch itself with a new issue: Vol. 1, No. 1 by the end of year. In that issue will be a Q&A with Barbra Streisand herself. AAB writers (including me!) got to pose a few questions to Barbra, which she will answer for AAB readers.

Lynne Pounder, Editor in Chief of the magazine, said "People should know that Barbra is extremely kind and wonderful to meet in person. She has always been kind to the magazine and always receives a copy of the latest issue."

The AAB website is newly redone, too. Check it out here:

October 7, 2008

Streisand Plans Book

Gracie Garcia talked to the press about her famous customer, Barbra Streisand. Garcia recently delivered some purchases to Streisand's Malibu home. “There she was treated to homemade chocolate ice cream and a tour of ‘The Barn’ — a 3-story treasure trove replete with the megastar's many keepsakes including some of her movie memorabilia.”

The newspaper story, from the San Jose Mercury News revealed:

Streisand plans to write a book showcasing her home. So one of these days, we will all get a glimpse of the showbiz legend's collection. And, then we will understand why Garcia says “Streisand is perfection.”

October 7, 2008

Streisand @ Brolin Premiere

Brolin and Streisand at premiere

Barbra Streisand attended the premiere of Oliver Stone's film, W, at the Landmark Theatre in West L.A. with her husband James Brolin. Josh Brolin plays George W. Bush. Streisand's Nuts costar Richard Dreyfuss plays Dick Cheney. The L.A. Times said "proud father James Brolin and stepmom Barbra Streisand huddled in a corner of the Landmark wine bar at the after-party with her Meet the Fockers director, Jay Roach."

October 4, 2008

Streisand Inducted, Long Island Music Hall of Fame

On October 30th, Barbara Streisand will be inducted into the the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at their Induction Gala at the Garden City Hotel. Other artists being honored include Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, LL Cool J, Neil Diamond, Pat Benatar, The Ramones and Marvin Hamilisch. For information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and tickets to the Induction Gala, check out

September 29, 2008

Essential Streisand 3.0 Released

Essential Streisand 3.0 is a re-release by Sony Legacy containing 3 CDs. 2 of the CDs contain the exact same tracks from the 2002 version of Essential Streisand. The track list on the new, third disc is:

"Letting Go," "Love Like Ours," "At The Same Time," "By The Way," "Unusual Way," "Evergreen" (Live 1994 Concert), "Wild Is The Wind," "On My Way To You," and "After The Rain".

Essential Streisand 3.0 has new packaging which is very attractive. Some of the photos from the 2002 version are tinted, and the entire CD packaging unfolds.

You can order Essential 3.0 at by clicking the CD thumbnail.

Essential 3.0

September 20, 2008

Streisand on “Foster & Friends” DVD, Due in November

Foster and Friends CD DVD

Barbra Streisand makes a pre-taped, speaking appearance (no singing!) on the forthcoming CD/DVD David Foster and Friends. The show, all about David Foster (who produced Barbra's 1994 Back to Broadway album, and who united Barbra and Celine Dion for the 1997 duet, “Tell Him”) will air on PBS this November, and be available for sale on November 11, 2008.

You can order the CD/DVD at by clicking on the thumbnail of the CD to the right. Appearing live in concert on the DVD are such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Katharine McPhee, Kenny G., Boz Skaggs, Peter Ceera, Michael Buble and Josh Groban.

Streisand on Foster tribute

September 16, 2008

Streisand Sings for Obama

Full report with exclusive photos here.

September 9, 2008

Streisand (finally!) To Receive Kennedy Center Honor

Congratulations, Barbra!

Streisand will be honored on December 7th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

(Matt at Barbra-Archives will keep everyone informed since he lives in Washington, D.C.!)

Barbra Streisand, Morgan Freeman, country crooner George Jones, choreographer Twyla Tharp and the Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey will be feted at this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The group will be celebrated at a Dec. 7 black-tie gala and variety show to be attended by President George Bush and first lady Laura Bush. George Stevens Jr. will again produce the event, which will air on CBS later in the month.

Original article here.

September 9, 2008

Barbra Streisand to Sing for Obama

Barbra will sing on September 16th in Los Angeles. Details from the Variety article are below...

Barbra Streisand will sing for Barack Obama at a Hollywood fund-raiser on Sept. 16 in what could be the candidate’s final swing through Los Angeles to raise money before the Nov. 4 general election.

Streisand will perform at a $2,500-per-person reception and concert fund-raiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with upwards of 700 people expected to attend.

Among the co-hosts of the event are DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, as well as political consultant Andy Spahn. It’s being organized with Obama’s Southern California finance team.

July 30, 2008

Mike Berniker Dies

The New York Times reported:

Michael Berniker, a prolific record producer whose diverse projects won nine Grammy Awards over four decades, died on Friday in Great Barrington, Mass. He was 73.

Streisand fans will recognize Berniker's name. He produced her first three albums for Columbia Records, circa 1963—1964.

Check out Barbra Timeless for an excellent article on Berniker.

First Album Second Album Third album

July 28, 2008

Politico Interview + American Idol Rumor

Barbra Streisand granted a political-themed interview to Politico. Read it at the site.

Liz Smith says she's heard Barbra will be on this season's American Idol. (Barbra's publicist hasn't heard the rumor...)

July 22, 2008

Essential Streisand 3.0

Essential 3.0

Sony BMG Legacy is releasing The Essential Barbra Streisand 3.0 on August 26th [note: the release date has been postponed until September 30, 2008].

The 3-disc set will include the same two discs that comprised the 2002 Essential Barbra Streisand, plus a third disc.

The third disc will contain the following tracks (all have already released): "Letting Go," "Love Like Ours," "At The Same Time," "By The Way," "Unusual Way," "Evergreen" (1994 live version), "Wild Is The Wind," "On My Way To You," and "After The Rain".

Pre-Order the CD at Amazon by clicking the Essential CD cover above.

The tracks which were listed on this site originally were not Essential tracks. Instead, they are part of a future Streisand project of rarities! Look for that multi-disc CD in the near future, probably after Barbra's next studio album (due in 2009).

July 8, 2008

Streisand Honored Beatty

Streisand on Beatty tribute

Barbra appeared on a pre-taped segment and honored Warren Beatty for his AFI award. She spoke about missing out being in a Beatty film, but getting to be in another Beatty production: the concert for George McGovern at the Forum. Then Streisand introduced George McGovern, who spoke live to the AFI audience and Beatty. Streisand looked gorgeous in a green silk blouse.

June 15, 2008

Streisand Honors Beatty + Supports Obama

USA Cable will show Warren Beatty's American Film Institute tribute show on June 25. Streisand pre-taped a message to Beatty which, presumably, will be shown.

The L.A. Times reported:

A spokeswoman for Barbra Streisand confirmed Wednesday that the singer was supporting Sen. Barack Obama and had offered to help him in his presidential campaign. Marge Tabankin said talks were underway to decide what role Streisand would play.

May 28, 2008

Alexander Courage Dies

Alexander (Sandy) Courage, composer of the original Star Trek theme and an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated arranger for TV and movies, died May 15 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88 and had been in declining health since 2005.

Courage wrote large-scale orchestral arrangements for several of Barbra's films and recording projects, including 1969's Hello, Dolly! ("Before the Parade Passes By") and Barbra's 1985 Broadway Album ("I Loves You Porgy/Porgy, I's Your Woman Now") and 2003's The Movie Album ("More In Love With You").

May 26, 2008

Sydney Pollack Dies

Pollack directs Streisand and Redford

Hollywood filmmaker Sydney Pollack, who won Academy Awards for Out of Africa and also directed Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were, died on Monday after a battle with cancer, his spokeswoman said. Pollack was 73. Spokeswoman Leslee Dart told Reuters he died at his home in the coastal Los Angeles suburb of Pacific Palisades at about 5 p.m. local time, surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed with cancer about 10 months ago, she said, adding that doctors were never able to determine the primary source of the disease.

Barbra Streisand gave a statement to the press about Pollack's death. She said:

He knew how to tell a love story. He was a great actor's director because he was a great actor. And he was a very good friend, someone I even shared secrets with.

Rest in peace, Sydney Pollack. Thank you for your wonderful contributions to American cinema.

May 26, 2008

Schapiro Pix in Lid Magazine

To publicize his new photography book (Schapiro's Heroes), Steve Schapiro granted an interview to Lid Magazine. Among other topics, Schapiro discusses photographing Streisand over the years (on set for Funny Girl and The Way We Were, and album cover sessions for Lazy Afternoon and TWWW).

The magazine, which features several pages of excellent reproductions of Schapiro's Streisand photos, is available for sale online at the Lid website for only $10 (plus shipping & handling). Here is a link if you'd like to order.

Lid Magazine

May 13, 2008

Endeavor Agency Signs Barbra Streisand

Endeavor's press release:

Los Angeles, May 13, 2008…Actress, director, producer, writer, singer, composer Barbra Streisand has signed with Endeavor. She is the only artist who has been celebrated with Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, Peabody and American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award honors. Her company Barwood Films will also be represented by the agency.

Streisand’s acting career includes such classics as “Funny Girl,” “Hello, Dolly,” What’s Up, Doc?,” “The Way We Were,” “A Star is Born,” “Yentl,” “The Prince of Tides,” and most recently “Meet the Fockers,” the only live-action comedy feature to earn over a half-billion dollars worldwide. She has directed three motion pictures, “Yentl,” “The Prince of Tides” and “The Mirror has Two Faces.” The prolific producer’s work includes socially conscious projects such as PBS’ “The Living Century,” the Humanitas Award-honored “What Makes a Family” and the Holocaust-related “Rescuers: Stories of Courage.” Streisand remains the award standard in music among female artists with 50 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums. She is the only female artist to have achieved #1 albums in four consecutive decades, and the only one with eight number one discs.

“We are thrilled and honored to be working with Barbra Streisand,” said the Endeavor partners in a joint statement. “Her work as an actor and filmmaker is legendary.” The partners made the announcement with Streisand’s career-long manager Marty Erlichman.

A devoted political and social activist, Ms. Streisand has, through performances, raised tens of millions of dollars for Democratic campaigns and The Streisand Foundation has channeled more than $35 million to non-profit charities and social causes around the world.

May 12, 2008

Concert Special Coming in November

Streisand Concert Special Coming

From Army Archerd's column:

Gary Smith is also completing work as producer-director on the DVD version of Barbra Streisand's cross-country 2007 concert tour. It will first air as a TV special in Nov. followed by the DVD...

May 08, 2008

Streisand Honors Bergmans at ASCAP

Streisand and others honor Bergmans

(From left) Larry Gelbart, Norman Lear, Quincy Jones, ASCAP Founders Award honoree Alan Bergman, Barbra Streisand, ASCAP Founders Award honoree Marilyn Bergman, Lari White and Norman Jewison (photo by Lester Cohen/ courtesy of ASCAP)

Excerpted from an article by Jon Burlingame:

An all-star lineup, including a surprise appearance by Barbra Streisand, paid tribute to lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman before a crowd of 1,000 at the annual ASCAP Film & Television Music Awards Tuesday, May 6, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

... Streisand appeared near the end of the 40-minute presentation following a film clip from The Way We Were that featured her vocal of the title song, one of the Bergmans' most memorable lyrics (with music by Marvin Hamlisch). Streisand recalled that she first met the team when she was 18 years old, adding that "they have been such an integral part of my life and career. Their words move me every time I sing them. Their gifts have enriched my life and all of our lives.

Streisand gives speech for Bergmans

Photos by: Matt Sayles

May 05, 2008

Streisand in June Vanity Fair & Architectural Digest

Barbra's photograph appeared in Condé Nast publications Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest in June 2008.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (Chairman, Waterkeeper Alliance), Barbra Streisand, Andrea Lim (Media Manager, Lexus)

The text in the magazine read:

On March 1st, Lexus was proud to host the final event of a four-market Eco-Salon Series, benefiting Waterkeeper Alliance, at the home of Barbra Streisand in Malibu, California. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance, spoke to guests about the importance of keeping the world’s waterways clean and safe for the communities and wildlife that depend on them. Waterkeeper Alliance is an important partner in Lexus’s commitment to change, expressed through an unshakeable belief that every challenge has a solution, and that technology can provide that solution. Lexus's pursuit of perfection continues to put it at the forefront when it comes to innovative solutions that have less impact on the earth. To learn more about the Lexus Luxury Hybrids, visit

May 01, 2008

Streisand Honors Karan

Donna Karan and Barbra Streisand

A candid photo of Barbra and her friend Donna Karan appeared in a recent issue of In Style magazine. Barbra attended the Women's Guild Luncheon where Cedars-Sinai paid tribute to Karan for her work "to promote integrative health care through her Urban Zen initiative." In Style reported that Emily Deschanel (from TV's Bones) squealed, "Oh my god, it's Barbra Streisand!"

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