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September 12, 2017

Barbra Helps on 'Hand in Hand'

Group shot

Above: Cher, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand, Stephen Colbert and Tyler Perry attend Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief at Universal Studios AMC on September 12, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur)

Barbra Streisand, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Jason Alexander, Steve Buscemi, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks and more participated in tonight's hurricane relief benefit organized by Scooter Braun and Houston rapper Bun B. and titled “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief."

Barbra Streisand was among them, sitting on the celebrity phone bank, taking calls from people (who need people?) donating money.

The telethon raised more than $14 million before the program ended for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the back-to-back Category 4 storms that ravaged Texas and Florida over the past two weeks.

Proceeds from the telethon will benefit several charities including United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund). Hurricane Harvey relief fund total: more than $14.5 million (as of 9 p.m. ET)

September 5, 2017

Streisand To Participate in Houston Hurricane Relief Special

The one-hour special will be based in Los Angeles with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert. Hand in Hand will air live on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC on Tuesday, September 12, 8:00-9:00pm EST on the East Coast and replay 8:00-9:00pm PST on the West Coast. The show will also be available internationally via live stream on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter starting at 8:00pmEST during the first broadcast.

Hand in Hand will bring the country together to raise funds, spirits and help rebuild Texas in the wake of this unprecedented devastation. Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and The Mayor's Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief (administered by the Greater Houston Community Fund) through the Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief Fund managed by Comic Relief USA.

The broadcast will feature appearances, performances, taped tributes and messages from some of the nation's biggest stars including George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Beyoncé, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Norah O'Donnell, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Blake Shelton, Strait, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon with more to be announced. Strait, a Country Music Hall of Fame member who is leading the country music world in these efforts, will perform directly from his benefit concert at San Antonio's Majestic Theatre.

Phone lines, text messaging, and digital donations will be open at the beginning of the show and will conclude one-hour after the show ends. For more information, updates and a link to donate, please visit www.HandInHand2017.com.

The Hand in Hand broadcast will be produced by SB Projects and Den of Thieves with Scooter Braun, Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman, Allison Kaye, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager serving as Executive Producers.  Additional Executive Producers are Chris Choun, and Lee Lodge with Jordan Brown, Penni Thow and Barb Bialkowski serving as Co-Executive Producers.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
www.HandInHand2017.com

 

May 28, 2017

Sammie

Barbra Streisand posted yesterday that her dear dog, Sammie, passed away. For anyone who's ever lost a furry friend, this is devasting news.

Fans have been posting kind words at Barbra's official Facebook page and on social media.

My condolences to Barbra and her family ... our pets are so precious to us!

Sammie and Barbra

May 19, 2017

James Spada has Died

Streisand The First Decade

Last night on James Spada's Facebook page, his friend and caretaker told us that Jim had passed away after some health issues the last few months. This is such sad news. James Spada was a true Streisand fan who wrote several Streisand bios that you all will know ("The First Decade", "Her Life", and the beautiful 2014 book "In the Camera Eye.") And he worked on the 1980s fanzine, "Barbra." Before the internet, Spada's Streisand books were invaluable ... I must have read Barbra: The First Decade hundreds of times!

Jim was so prolific, with other books on Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn ... and then there was his photography. Truly talented.

He was always so nice to me, and generous.

Rest in peace, James Spada.

Related: My interview with James Spada

May 12, 2017

Barbra's Last Shows

I've posted Barbra's Long Island and Brooklyn shows over in the LIVE section of this website — set lists, photos, and a report about each show. They were really special, and Barbra was in great form!

I also have posted a new page dedicated to Barbra's 70-minute interview at Tribeca Talks.

What is there to look forward to next from Barbra? Well, the television special of The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic concert will air on Netflix in December 2017. They filmed the Miami show in December 2016, and Jami Foxx and Patrick Wilson will be on the Netflix special, singing with Streisand.

Barbra, of course, is writing her memoir. Still no release date on that, though.

Certainly, Barbra will record soon, as well. She has said that her next album would not be comprised of duets.

April 30, 2017

Barbra Sees Evan Hansen

On Sunday, April 30, Barbra Streisand saw the matinee show of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway.

Afterwards, she posed backstage with the cast. (Photos by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

BELOW: The cast Michael Park, Will Roland, Ben Platt (the star of "Dear Evan Hansen"), Barbra Streisand, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Laura Dreyfuss and Mike Faist.

Streisand with Evan Hansen cast

BELOW: Ben Platt and Barbra backstage.

Ben Platt and Barbra

April 29, 2017

Barbra at Tribeca Talks

I'm just back from seeing Barbra Streisand at the Tribeca Film Festival at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. It was great fun to hang out (for hours!) with other Barbra fans in line, anxious to get close to their idol who was talking about her film career in a rare public appearance.

Fans at Streisand Tribeca show

Thanks to the amazing Joe Naughton for these fan photos!!

Streisand fans

My (quick) thoughts about the evening:

Rodriguez may have been a strange pairing with Barbra but — based on his family history with Streisand (a strong mother who watched her movies) — IT WORKED!

Barbra looked amazing.

The big surprises, for me, were (1) her honesty about director Frank Pierson for A STAR IS BORN. That's the first time I've heard Barbra give solid examples of how they clashed. (2) her passion for the cut scenes from THE WAY WE WERE and how that really motivated her to become a director. (3) her willingness to engage and talk about (a little!) sexism in regards to her career in Hollywood.

The Hollywood Reporter sums up this evening best (Photos by Dia Dipasupil):

"A lot of you are probably wondering why I'm here," Rodriguez said to the crowd. Apparently, his Streisand fandom dates back to his boyhood, growing up in a 10-child household in San Antonio, TX. "In our household, there was no bigger star than Barbra Streisand," he explained to a crowd that needed no converting. "My mom loved to talk to her 10 children about two things: God and Barbra Streisand."

Over the course of 70 minutes (which included a Q&A section at the end) Streisand and Rodriguez talked about her legendary filmography, her pioneering work as a female director and why you can't bring up walls in her presence. Here are a few highlights.

Shutting Down the Stories About Her Fighting With Funny Girl Director William Wyler

"I learned to despise the media [working on that movie]. Every time I had a suggestion [on set] it was put in the paper like we were fighting." Why? "Opinions weren't popular in the '60s with women." In real life, she said she got along quite well with "Willy Wyler," recalling that he would run dailies by her and that they kept in touch until his death.

The Director She DID Have Issues With

"That was tough," she recalled of working with director Frank Pierson on the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born. "I was, in a sense, blackmailed into having that director," she said, explaining that Pierson used his script as leverage to get into the director's chair.  

Career Priorities

"I would say I'm an actress first, only because I started singing because I couldn't get a job as an actress, and I started directing because I couldn't be heard as an actress."

Rodriguez and Streisand

Yentl Backlash

While Yentl received praise in many quarters, Streisand said she tends to forget good reviews and focuses on the negative ones instead. Looking back on it now, she admitted, "[The criticism] must have hurt me more than I thought because I didn't want to direct for years after that."

Her Early Career Idol

"Johnny Mathis. He was so beautiful, those dark eyes…. And he seemed like he was in pain a bit. I'm always drawn to pain."

Why She Loves Directing Herself

"There's less people to argue with."

On Female Directors

"I love when I see a woman's name on a movie and I pray it's good."

On Fear & He Who Must Not Be Named

Streisand: "Fear is an engine to create."
Rodriguez: "That's great – you turn fear into an engine, not a wall."
Streisand: "Don't mention a wall to me."

Rodriguez and Streisand

April 25, 2017

Barbra Celebrates Her Birthday!

Last night at Rande Gerber's Malibu restaurant Cafe Habana, Barbra Streisand celebrated her 75th birthday surrounded by her family, good friends, colleagues, and more.

Attending were Gerber's wife Cindy Crawford, David Foster, Pierce Brosnan, Josh Brolin and James Brolin, Quincy Jones, Richard Marx, his wife Daisy Fuentes, Rosanna Arquette, and Katharine McPhee. Also, Donna Karan, photographer Russell James, and Carole Bayer Sager. Marilyn and Alan Bergman attended as well.

Team Barbra was there: Marty Erlichman, Jay Landers, Richard Jay-Alexander, and Tracy Quinn.

Photos by: Kevin Mazur

photos from Barbra's party

Barbra's sister Roslyn Kind and son Jason Gould attended.

John Mayer and Babyface (Kenny Edmonds) sang for Barbra — Edmonds sang “Evergreen.” Also, magician Jon Dorenbos performed magic for the crowd.

More friends at the party

Barbra's cake:

Barbra's birthday cake

April 24, 2017

Happy Birthday, Barbra!!

Barbra Streisand celebrates her birthday today.

Happy Birthday, Barbra!

You're the best, and I'm so grateful that you're still recording and concertizing ... I hope your special day is filled with love and laughter, friends and family ... and delicious food!

FANS: Post your birthday wishes to Barbra on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #HappyBirthdayBarbra

April 13, 2017

Newsday Interview

Barbra Streisand spoke exclusively with Newsday about her upcoming concerts in New York. [Go to Ticketmaster for tickets!]

Other information from the interview ....

New Streisand Documentary Airs in Europe

Documentary title card

The European channel, ARTE, will air "The Way We Were" this weekend, followed by a new, 52-minute documentary directed by Nicolas Maupied and produced by ARTE FRANCE, entitled Barbra Streisand, naissance d'une diva1942-1984 (or: "Barbra Streisand, becoming a diva").

The documentary is described: This film recounts the unstoppable rise of the Funny Girl, who became the first female megastar, from her birth in 1942 to the peak of her career in 1983.

The film features rare, historical clips of Streisand performing and being interviewed, as well as new interviews with people from her early career like Allan Miller (acting teacher), Barry Dennen (clips of his recordings of Streisand are played), and Bob Schulenberg.

Link to Arte and the documentary clip

Check your local listings ... I'm told this is only airing in Europe. The film's narration is in French, and the historical clips are in English (with French subtitles).

April 6, 2017

Streisand presents Meyer Award

Last night, Barbra Streisand presented NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer with the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Award at the organization's 2017 National Tribute Dinner — the Oscars for L.A.'s Jewish community — on April 5 at The Beverly Hilton.

Streisand at Wiesenthal Center

[Source: Hollywood Reporter .... Photo by Frederick M. Brown]

March 29, 2017

“People” Added to National Recording Registry

Barbra Streisand's signature song, "People," has been deemed worthy of preservation as part of America's heritage by the Library of Congress.

Time Magazine reports, “These recordings are among 25 new additions to the Library's National Recording Registry, which preserves an ever-expanding list of sound recordings because they are recognized to be 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.' The new additions bring the total number of titles on the registry to 475.”

“It is so humbling and gratifying to learn that my recording of the song 'People' by composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill will be installed in the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress,” said Streisand in a statement. “I believe "People" touched our common desire to relate to others with love and caring, and I’ve always tried to express this in my renditions of this magical song.”

March 26, 2017

Streisand at Tribeca Talks

Barbra Streisand will be at the Tribeca Film Festival!

Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, which spotlights pioneering creators who work across mediums to tell their stories, will feature Barbra Streisand in conversation with director Robert Rodriguez.

Barbra will converse on her unparalleled career and force field of creativity.

DATE: Saturday, April 29
TIME: 6:00PM
LOCATION: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center

$40 Tickets for Tribeca Talks go on sale 11am on Tuesday, March 28, and can be purchased online at www.tribecafilm.com, by telephone(866) 941-FEST (3378), or at the ticket outlet located at Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street).

February 1, 2017

Concert 'Encore'

Newday has reported:

According to Ticketmaster:

January 25, 2017

Barbra at LA Women's March

Streisand at Womens March Los Angeles

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 women and men marched peacefully in solidarity for the protection of their rights, their safety, their health, and their families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. Marches held in more than 500 U.S. cities were attended by at least 3.3 million people. This event was possibly the largest demonstration in U.S. history.

California Democrat — Rep. Maxine Waters— told CNN “The crowd itself is the message,” she said. “Wherever (Trump) is, he's looking at this, he's witnessing this and he's got to know that something is being said here today about him, that he'd better know that he can't get away with doing some of the things that he said he's going to do.”

In Los Angeles, Barbra Streisand partipated in the march. Introduced by Rufus Wainwright, Barbra appeared on stage and made a speech. Barbra also posed for several “selfies” with her fellow marchers.

Barbra's speech has been posted on her official site. Click here to read it.

It was quite a happening.

I am proud that Barbra Streisand participated and spoke. She is, first, a citizen. And you can read her thoughts on the artist as citizen here.

Arial footage of LA Womens March

Jason Working On Music

Barbra's son, Jason Gould [@JasonGouldMusic on Twitter, and Facebook too], is working on new music with Quincy Jones. He has been posting photos of himself and Q at work in the recording studio. I'll post more info when it's available, but it looks like a new recording from Jason will be out soon!

All About Barbra #81

All About Barbra

Editor Lynne Pounder has revealed the cover of All About Barbra magazine issue #81. Check out the AAB site for more info. They will be posting links to order the magazine soon. Lynne says #81 will be out in February 2017.

Doc in L.A. for TCM

Los Angeles! Barbra's hilarious 1972 film, What's Up, Doc? will be screened during the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival, held April 6-9, 2017.

Visit their site for more info. They have advertised that director Peter Bogdanovich will attend and speak.

Spring in Long Island

At Showbiz 411, Roger Friedman reported that Barbra Streisand will perform this Spring at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, NY. There are no official dates or information yet ... stay tuned!

January 6, 2017

New Year — More Barbra

Happy New Year!!

All of the 2016 news has been archived on this page (click to read).

Streisand at Grammy Museum

Last night, Barbra Streisand appeared in person at The GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. Presented by American Express, A Conversation With Barbra Streisand was moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli.

Photo: Alison Buck/WireImage.com

Santelli and Streisand on stage

Billboard published a great summary of what Streisand and Santelli discussed — you can read it here.

Highlights were:

Photo: GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, Barbra Streisand and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow attend A Conversation with Barbra Streisand at The GRAMMY Museum on January 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)

Grammy Awards

Barbra Streisand has been nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway).

Other nominees in that category this year are:

Cinema — Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels — Bob Dylan
Stages Live — Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin — Willie Nelson

The Grammys air February 12, 2017.

Barbra hasn't won a Grammy for her recording work since 1987 (The Broadway Album) !! It seems like she is majorly overdue for this honor.

Billboard 2016 Year End Charts

Billboard has posted its 2016 year-end charts. The music industry magazine places Barbra's #1 album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway at #127 for the year.

D.C. Streisand Concert

Streisand fans in Washington, D.C. .... The American Pops Orchestra presents “Don’t Rain on My Parade: 75 Years of Streisand” on January 13, 2017 at 8 PM at Lisner Auditorium. Fran Drescher (The Nanny) will host.

Legendary artist and ten-time Grammy winner Barbra Streisand marks her 75th birthday in 2017. Celebrating this iconic star and songs from Broadway to Pop and everything in between, this program demonstrates why the music of Barbra Streisand remains a centerpiece of the American Songbook and why, much like a milestone birthday and the artist herself, her music deserves great celebration. With a parade of special Broadway guests, including Amber Iman, Lindsay Mendez, Laura Osnes, and more! 

GW Concert flyer

 

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