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November 25, 2014
Barbra Streisand attended a Stop Cancer event at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, November 23rd.
Jason Gould—Barbra's son—sang three songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter, including “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Barbra did not pose on the red carpet, but here's Jason, looking handsome!
November 18, 2014
Pre-Order Blu-rays Tomorrow (updated)
Twilight Time puts the forthcoming Yentl and Funny Lady Blu-ray discs up for pre-order tomorrow at 4pm EST.
Twilight Time proudly brings BARBRA STREISAND’S poignant “signature” masterpiece to the dazzling Blu-Ray format, in what has been described as the “performance of a lifetime” for this legendary star and filmmaker!
- Release Date: December 9th, 2014
- Pre-order date/link: Wednesday, 19th November at 4 pm EST
- Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release. Only 3,000 units available. Once they are gone – they are gone!
- Technical Specs:
- LANGUAGE: English
- VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.66:1
- AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
- SUBTITLES: English SDH
- 1983 / Color 133 MINUTES (Theatrical Version) / 137 MINUTES (Extended Cut)
- REGION FREE
- Special Features:
- Director's Extended Cut of the Film and the Theatrical Version
- Introduction to the Film by Barbra Streisand
- Audio Commentary by Barbra Streisand and Co-Producer Rusty Lemorande
- Deleted Scenes
- Introduction to Special Features by Barbra Streisand
- The Director's Reel Featurette
- The Rehearsal Process with Materials from Barbra's Archives
- My Wonderful Cast and Crew Featurette
- Deleted Song Storyboard Sequences
- Barbra's 8mm Concept Film with Optional Narration
- Still Galleries
- Theatrical Trailers
Twilight Time brings the incomparable BARBRA STREISAND back to the dazzling Blu-Ray format, in the long sought after follow-up, to the unforgettable FUNNY LADY, in another superb performance for this multi-talented star!
- Release Date: December 9th, 2014
- Pre-order date/link: Wednesday, November 19th at 4 pm EST
- Limited Edition BLU-RAY Release Only 3,000 units available.
- Technical Specs:
- LANGUAGE: English
- VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
- AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
- SUBTITLES: English SDH
- 1975 / Color 138 MINUTES
- REGION FREE
- Special Features *Updated 11/18:
- "In Search of a Star" featurette
- “The New Look of Barbra in “Funny Lady” featurette
- “Dancing on the Water” featurette
- Original Theatrical trailer
- English SDH subtitles
The covers of the booklets that are included with each Blu-ray:
November 17, 2014
Streisand Guests on Bublé Christmas Special
Multi Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bublé celebrates the holiday season with his fourth annual NBC Christmas special, “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 17 on NBC (8 p.m. ET/PT).
Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and The Rockettes join Bublé for an hour-long celebration of Christmas, his favorite holiday.
November 12, 2014
Barbra @ The Hearst
Today, in front of a live audience in New York City at a Hearst employee Master Class event hosted by journalist Gayle King, Barbra Streisand and doctors C. Noel Bairey Merz and Holly Andersen participated in a Q&A.
This morning, Twitter was filled with special Barbra-Moments (#BarbraAtHearst). Below is what people who attended were reporting that Barbra talked about:
- Barbra Streisand at @HearstCorp today: "I love the power of the truth"
- "Genuinely talented people" don't act like stars. #barbraathearst on the "magnificent" partners on Partners
- "I LOVE to go to supermarkets"
- And I thought, "I've got to make it because I need someone to make my bed."
- "Assumption is the mother of all screw ups."
- "Thought transcend matter" GB Shaw. #Assumption is the mother of all screwups."
- @BarbraStreisand talks about the staggering number of women who die from heart disease each year.
- "Women have such power. Gore lost by 507 votes. How can you not feel like you matter, not vote?"
- Gayle: "Did you know Dr. Oz has a magazine here?" Babs: "Honey, I'm in it. I approved the picture. It's a good picture."
- #barbraathearst with gayleking "I want to age gracefully"
Here are some day-after reports about the event:
And, yes, Barbra does appear in the new December issue of the Dr. Oz magazine, The Good Life, with new, gorgeous photos by Ruven Afanador. As usual, the article is about women's heart health: Barbra is doing such good work on this important topic!
The Women's Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women's heart disease. It's a unique collaboration between Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman and two of America's leading medical institutions—the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. For more information, visit www.fighttheladykiller.org.
November 7, 2014
Barbra on Meredith Vieira Show Nov. 12th
Barbra Streisand will appear on the Meredith Vieira show next week (check local listings for channel/air time).
According to Vieira's official site, Barbra “reveals secrets of her prolific career and her long-lasting marriage to actor James Brolin. Plus, why heart disease awareness is such a near and dear cause to her and ways to prevent a heart attack.”
All About Barbra magazine #77
The newest cover for #77 is here! You can order directly from the AAB website.
Streisand Attends FIDF Fundraiser
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Barbra Streisand attended the fundraiser for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) 2014 Western Region Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood last evening to honor Israeli soldiers and the Defense Establishment.
“This event is always one of the most inspiring and emotional evenings of the year,” said Streisand. “The soldiers of the IDF deserve our utmost respect and gratitude for all that they sacrifice to protect Israel, the only democratic state in the region.”
The Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces are, in fact, a unique organization with chapters across the United States. Under Saban’s longtime patronage, the western region chapter’s annual fundraiser for the group has become a multimillion dollar affair. The funds go to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for serving IDF personnel, as well as to support the families of fallen soldiers and to injured veterans. The group also helps IDF members who are alone in Israel to maintain contact with their families in other countries.
Mareva Georges Marciano (left), and Haim Saban (right)—the man behind the event—announced that they raised a record 33.5 million dollars for the IDF. Photos by Tiffany Rose.
October 25, 2014
#Iamtheladykiller campaign + People's Choice Vote!
You may have seen the ads proclaiming “I kill one woman every minute” and the teasers saying things like "I don't care about your hair color. I don't care about the color of your skin. I'll take you all."
Barbra Streisand, in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, has revealed the identity of this mysterious, number one ladykiller: heart disease. Barbra was the creative force behind these spots — “It's like doing a movie poster,” Streisand said. “It's about how you reach people.” Actor Edward Norton is the voice on the spots.
This interview follows Couric's jovial interview with Streisand last week about her hot, new album, Partners.
Partners, by the way, is selling like hotcakes. On this week's Billboard 200, Partners comes in at #5 with 40,000 sold (it was #3 last week).
October 21, 2014
Barbra Out & About
On Saturday night, Barbra attended Israeli billionaire Haim Saban's 70th birthday party in Los Angeles. Israeli pop singer Ishtar and Mentalist Lior Suchard Tweeted and Instragrammed photos with Barbra (looking gorgeous!)
And on October 8, 2014, Barbra attended the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles' fifth annual Autumn Party, benefiting Children's Institute, Inc. Streisand was in the house to honor her friend Donna Karan, who was honored for her work with Urban Zen.
October 13, 2014
A review: “In the Camera Eye”
I finally got to sit down and spend some time with James Spada's lovely new Streisand coffee table book from Abrams Books.
Streisand: In the Camera Eye easily distances itself from more recent Streisand photo books (Rossi's and Yapp's) with its very rare collection of photographs of the subject, as well as the informed and accurate text that accompanies them. Spada is no stranger to Streisand's tale, and his text—not quite a biography, but more like a historical sketch of Streisand's career—illustrates the top-notch photos throughout the book.
Since the introduction states that Streisand is a fine photographer's model, and the book's title even mentions the camera, it's fitting that Spada has included some great quotes from some of the photographers who've worked with Streisand and whose photos are in this book. We hear from Doug Kirkland, Scavullo, Mario Casilli and more.
Spada also sprinkles quotes from critics on the pages of Streisand: In the Camera Eye, which are fun to read in context of the photos they illustrate.
But mostly it's the photos here that impress. The quality and clarity are much better than some of those other photo books out there now. Barbra's clear blue eyes are striking in photo after photo. Spada has collected some rare photos here, too! The scans of Craig Simpson's color negatives of 18-year-old Barbra are revelatory. The Clear Day turban headress photos are exquisite (even a couple I've never seen before!) And some of the 1970s photographs are gorgeous, including Casilli photos of Barbra in her Wet hot tub, and a striking portrait of Barbra in fur during The Main Event.
A handsome hard cover book (its sleeve comes off and reveals a Craig Simpson portrait of Barbra on the cover, too!), I think any Streisand fan is really going to enjoy this one.
October 7, 2014
A Classic Christmas Giveaway
Thanks to the good people at Sony Legacy, I have 24 brand new CDs to give away to 24 very lucky people (USA shipping addresses only, please—sorry, European friends!).
This is a new version of Barbra Streisand The Classic Christmas Album—with the songs and the song-sequence handpicked by Miss Streisand herself. The new version has 15 songs (all culled from Streisand's previously-released Christmas albums), as well as a very special back cover photo from her personal collection. [Track listing and more info here on this page.]
Entering is easy ... answer the question using the form below. Rafflecopter will randomly draw the winners on October 14th, and I will contact you all for mailing addresses.
Happy Days, and good luck!
Matta Rafflecopter giveaway
A Serious Sirius Petition
The Barbra Streisand SiriusXM channel will stop broadcasting October 10th. Many fans have been enjoying the all-Barbra music channel and wish it could continue. I've heard that some people have called, emailed, and Tweeted Sirius about this.
Robin Lipman started a petition! I'd like to draw your attention to it — many more signatures are needed, so if you have a moment, please click below and sign it.
If Neil Diamond, Elvis and Sinatra can have their own 24/7 channels ... why can't Barbra? (What's wrong with wanting MORE?)
[Whoever put together this Streisand Sirius station ... wow! All of Barbra's 20-30-second remembrances of certain songs are brilliant! Who knew there'd be so much original content from Barbra herself? Bravo, Sirius!]
New Pages Added
Like Barbra herself, Barbra-Archives.com is a work in progress. I've added a few new pages you might be interested in checking out:
- Brandeis Doctorate (1995)
- Harvard Artist as Citizen Speech (1995)
- Sony chief leads orchestra at Carnegie Hall (1993)
- Fashions Do Repeat (Funny Girl fashions) (1968)
- Marty Erlichman interview (1986)
- Life Magazine 1963 story
- Cosmo Interview 1969
- Serving in Silence (1995 exec. produced tv movie by Barbra). Interviews & premiere here; Television page here.
- “A Kook From Madagascar” (1964 story)
- “Two Penny-Pinchers Talk Fashion” (1969 story)
- Streisand Too Busy To Shop (1968 story)
- We talk to ... Barbra Streisand (1964 Funny Girl interview)
- UPDATED: Streisand Books - all the bios, photo books, and informational books that have been written about Barbra through the years.
- No More Broadway For Barbra? (London 1966 Interview)
October 1, 2014
Billboard explains this week's 200 chart. Barbra's album of duets came in at #3 with 127,000 units sold—that's down (which is good!) only 35 percent, which Billboard explains:
... her second-week decline is the lowest for a No. 1 debuting album since the week ending Feb. 16, when the Now 49 compilation slid by only 21 percent. Remarkably, Streisand has the smallest second-week drop for an album by an artist in almost four years.
Billboard adds a new wrinkle to next week's charts:
The new Billboard 200's top 10 will be revealed on Oct. 8.
Industry forecasters suggest that Shelton's latest -- which was released Sept. 30 on Warner Bros. Nashville Records -- might sell around 90,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5.
That might be enough to debut at No. 1, but Streisand’s former chart-topper, Partners, is posing a threat to Shelton's possible reign. Sources say Partners (which happens to include a duet with Shelton) may sell 90,000 as well. Partners will be in its third week on the chart and continues to sell well. It debuted at No. 1 with 196,000 and then slipped to No. 3 in its second frame with 127,000 (the week ending Sept. 28, down in sales by a remarkably small 35 percent).
Streisand has also made the Billboard Artist 100 chart for the last two weeks. This chart, as described by Billboard: The week’s most popular artists across all genres, ranked by album and track sales as measured by Nielsen BDS, radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, streaming activity data from online music sources tracked by Nielsen BDS and fan interaction on social networking sites as compiled by Next Big Sound.
Barbra was at #2 for the week of October 4, 2014; and #4 on the October 11th chart.
September 27, 2014
#1 For a Second Week??
It's a tight race for next week's #1 position on the Billboard 200 chart.
Can Barbra command the charts at #1 two weeks in a row?
Billboard magazine says:
Industry forecasters suggest [Kenny] Chesney and Streisand's new albums may sell around 125,000 each in the week ending Sept. 28, while Bennett and Gaga are aiming for 120,000. Any one of the three albums may come out on top.
Partners has already reached #1 in Canada, although it fell short of #1 last week in the U.K. Barbra debuted at No.1 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia, too.
So ... Barbra fans: If you haven't already bought Partners, do it now! Or simply buy the album as an early Christmas or Hanakkah present to gift to your loved ones.
BUY THIS WEEKEND SO THE PURCHASES COUNT TOWARD NEXT WEEK'S TALLIES!
This is a truly remarkable time for Barbra ... let's help her make more chart history!
Tonight on Twitter: 24 Questions with Barbra!
Tonight! Join us for 24 Questions with Barbra LIVE right here on Twitter at 9PM ET! Send in your questions for her now using #AskBarbra24.— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) September 27, 2014
September 26, 2014
Spada Book Coming
James Spada's new book Streisand: In the Camera Eye is a collection of 170 of the most compelling photographs of Barbra Streisand—most of which have never been published before—chosen for their rarity, beauty, and insight into Streisand’s multifaceted life and career.
The book and some of the photos from it will be featured in the new issue of Closer magazine.
Mr. Spada also tells me that the publisher will release the book earlier than planned—October 14, 2014 is the new date. (Amazon still says Oct. 21, but they will be updating that soon).
If you haven't already, make sure you read my interview with James Spada below, conducted on May 1st. He reveals what the book will contain.
As a preview, below is a very rare photograph that's included in Streisand: In the Camera Eye, taken when Barbra was only 18 years old. For years there have been black-and-white copies of these circulated in Streisand fan books and magazines, but these were newly scanned for this book from the original color negatives! GORGEOUS!
September 24, 2014
Barbra Streisand Makes History with "Partners," Becoming Only Recording Artist with Number One Albums in Six Consecutive Decades
Billboard reported that Partners “sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21 according to Nielsen SoundScan [...] Partners' opening sum is the largest sales week for a female artist in 2014, and Streisand's biggest sales frame since Christmas week of 1997. Her last album to sell more in a week was Higher Ground, which shifted 402,000 in the frame ending Dec. 28, 1997.”
The official press release is below.
# # #
It's official—Barbra Streisand's "Partners" has entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one, making her the only recording artist in history to have a number one release in six consecutive decades.
Ms. Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist in history. She is the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling Artists list, an honor which includes fellow duet "Partners" Elvis Presley and Billy Joel. She also now has the longest span of number one albums in history; just under 50 years. (She first landed at the top of the chart in October 1964 with "People.")
Barbra Streisand has recorded fifty-one gold, thirty platinum and thirteen multi-platinum albums in her career, including ten number ones: "People," "The Way We Were," "A Star is Born," "Guilty," "The Broadway Album," "Greatest Hits Volume 2," "Back to Broadway," "Higher Ground," "Love is the Answer" and now "Partners." With ten, Streisand is the female artist with the most number one albums in Billboard's history.
"Partners" is Ms. Streisand's 33rd album to make it into the Top 10 on the US charts. She is the only female artist to have achieved this milestone, tying her with Frank Sinatra.
Earlier today, Ms. Streisand posted the following note to her Facebook account thanking her fans, her duet partners and her team:
Hearing the news that "Partners" entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!
Being told that I've had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.
It's especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!
Finally, thank you to Rob Stringer and my Columbia Records family, my manager Marty Erlichman, my creative team on this project - Kenny Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff, Dave Reitzas, Bill Ross, and Jay Landers…and Ken Sunshine for getting the word out…we did it guys!!
With lots of love, Barbra
September 17, 2014
Poised To Make Chart History
This Billboard article spells out the historical nature of Barbra's new album, Partners.
Barbra Streisand may collect her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with the arrival of her new all-star duets album, Partners.
The set, which was released on Sept. 16, may sell over 150,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to industry forecasters. That starting sum should be enough to fend off all other titles on next week's chart -- the top 10 of which will be revealed on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
[...] If Partners hits No. 1, it will make Streisand the first artist with No. 1s in each of the past six decades ('60s through '10s), and it would extend her lead as the female artist with the most No. 1 albums.
REVEALED ON THE 24TH?? HOW PERFECTLY BARBRA IS *THAT*?!
The album is great, Barbra sounds amazing, and she's gone all-out to promote it this time.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DOWNLOAD FROM ITUNES, VISIT TARGET, OR ORDER FROM AMAZON OR OTHER SITES THIS WEEK.
Streisand fan Jami Miller has started a Twitter hashtag movement that is fun. Take a selfie with Barbra's CD and post it to Twitter with #TakeASelfieWithPartners. Don't forget other trending hashtags: #BarbraPartners and #BarbraStreisand. See! I posted mine!
By the way .... iTunes lowered the album price to $7.99 .... GO DOWNLOAD! :)
September 17, 2014
Barbra's new album, Partners, was released Sept. 16th. Barbra's publicity appearances are listed below [Links added to some] ....
- Barbra Streisand Sirius channel launches at 5 pm ET on SIRIUSXM channel 69 & XM channel 73. The channel will stay on the air through Friday 10/10.
- The New York Times [link to story and photo]
- "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Barbra Streisand" on The Barbra Streisand Sirius Channel (Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73) — AIRS Sunday, September 14 at 12:00 pm
- The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon
- Good Morning Britain w/ Richard Arnold [Preview video clip here]
- Associated Press story
- USA Today Newspaper — Elysa Gardner interviews Streisand (Please note what Barbra herself says: "We asked a few women to be on it, but they were unavailable, busy. One didn't like the lyric to a song." With Beyoncé, it was simply a matter of timing, Streisand notes, amicably: "Maybe we'll do something some day.")
- Good Morning America w/ Robin Roberts
- Entertainment Tonight w/ Nancy O'Dell
- Access Hollywood
- Extra w/ A.J. Calloway
- Sky News (UK)
- CBC TV (Canada)
September 8, 2014
Barbra Streisand to Launch Exclusive SiriusXM Channel
SiriusXM announced today that it will launch The Barbra Streisand Channel, an exclusive channel featuring the works of Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning artist Barbra Streisand.
The limited-run channel will launch on Friday, September 12 at 5:00 pm ET and will run through Friday, October 10, via satellite on Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73. The Barbra Streisand Channel will also be available online on channel 69 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
The Barbra Streisand Channel, the exclusive, limited-run channel, will feature music spanning Streisand's legendary career, from her 1963 debut through her newest album, Partners, scheduled to be released on September 16. The channel will be fully dedicated to Barbra Streisand's extensive body of work and will include selections from her live and studio recordings. The channel will also include Streisand's personal song selections from her catalog, spanning 50 years.
The Barbra Streisand Channel will also feature an exclusive "Town Hall" special with Barbra Streisand. Streisand will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City. Moderated by her longtime colleague, music industry executive Jay Landers, "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Barbra Streisand" will air on Sunday, September 14 at 12:00 pm ET on The Barbra Streisand Channel. For rebroadcast times, please visit www.siriusxm.com/townhall.
"Barbra Streisand is an artist who is the very definition of the word icon. Her original voice, songwriting, performances, and life's work has made her a universal star and humanitarian leader. Along the way she has created some of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as being an award winning actress known for her work on stage, film and TV. Our exclusive channel celebrating Ms. Streisand is a truly comprehensive and deep dive into the music of one of the world's most important artists ever," said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. "We are looking forward to welcoming Ms. Streisand to our studios to be a part of our 'Town Hall' series and discuss her new album with her fans."
After the broadcast, "SiriusXM's Town Hall with Barbra Streisand" will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info on SiriusXM On Demand.
September 7, 2014
Barbra has been doing interviews in New York. The first will air Tuesday on Australia's Today Show. Karl Stefanovic interviewed Barbra.
Barbra will participate in a SiriusXM Town Hall interview on Wednesday, September 10th in New York. Jay Landers is interviewing her and Sirius has posted a contest to attend and ask a question ... click here. [Program to air Sept. 14th ... see above news story.]
Jian Ghomeshi of CBC Radio interviewed Barbra, too. He tweeted that she “was warm, reflective & very candid.” It will air on Q radio on September 16th.
I'll post more press appearances here when I find out about them.
September 5, 2014
A new video trailer for Barbra's Sept. 16th album, Partners, has been released ... and it's fantastic!
September 3, 2014
Taschen Announces Streisand Book
From Taschen publishers today:
Publisher Taschen announced Wednesday that "Barbra: Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976" will be published in December. According to Taschen, the book will include more than 240 images, many of them never published before. The text will feature a conversation between photojournalists Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller, both of whom were commissioned to work with Streisand after she arrived in Hollywood.
The main Collector's Edition is limited 1,000 copies at $750. Two "Art Editions" are limited at 100 copies each, and cost $1,800. One set of "Art Edition" books features a print signed by Schapiro, the other a print signed by Schiller.
Hardcover in clamshell box, 12.3 x 17.3 in., 340 pages — $750
Art Edition with Schiller Silver gelatin print (pictured above)— $1,800
Art Edition with Schapiro Silver gelatin print (pictured above) — $1,800
Steve Schapiro is a distinguished journalistic photographer whose pictures have graced the covers of Vanity Fair, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Paris Match, and People, and are found in many museum collections. He has published five books of his work, American Edge, Schapiro's Heroes, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver and Then and Now. In Hollywood he has worked on more than 200 motion pictures; his most famous film posters are for Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, Parenthood, and The Godfather Part III.
Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Playboy, and Paris Match, among others, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy, from Ali and Foreman to Redford and Newman. His many book collaborations include the Pulitzer Prize-winning book with Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song; and he has written five New York Times bestsellers. He has also directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television; The Executioner's Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. He is also the founder of The Norman Mailer Center & Writer’s Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The contributing authors:
Patt Morrison is a Los Angeles Times writer and columnist with a share of two Pulitzer prizes. She has six Emmys and ten Golden Mike awards for her public broadcasting work, and is the author of a best-selling book on the L.A. River.
Lawrence Grobel has written 20 books relating to writers, the entertainment industry, and its stars; and conducted the October 1977 Playboy interview with Barbra Streisand.
Nina Wiener studied literature and art history at Vassar College in New York before falling in love with making books. Since 2002 she has edited dozens of titles for TASCHEN, including Walton Ford’s Pancha Tantra, Norman Mailer’s MoonFire, and Lawrence Schiller’s Marilyn & Me.
August 28, 2014
Deluxe at Target + Elvis Duet Online + Richie Video Too
US fans can buy the deluxe edition of Barbra's album, Partners, at Target stores.
According to their website, Target will sell the deluxe CD that includes 1 extra Target Exclusive song, Plus 4 additional duet tracks personally selected by Barbra Streisand.
The Target track list is:
1. IT HAD TO BE YOU (W/ MICHAEL BUBLE)
2. PEOPLE (W/ STEVIE WONDER)
3. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE (W/ JOHN MAYER)
4. EVERGREEN (W/ BABYFACE)
5. NEW YORK STATE OF MIND (W/ BILLY JOEL)
6. I'D WANT IT TO BE YOU (W/ BLAKE SHELTON)
7. THE WAY WE WERE (W/ LIONEL RICHIE)
8. I STILL CAN SEE YOUR FACE (W/ ANDREAS BOCELLI)
9. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN (W/ JASON GOULD)
10. WHAT KIND OF FOOL (W/ JOHN LEGEND)
11. SOMEWHERE (W/ JOSH GROBAN)
12. LOVE ME TENDER (W/ ELVIS PRESLEY)
13. LOST INSIDE OF YOU (W/ BABYFACE) *
14. I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU (W/ FRANK SINATRA)
15. I'VE FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE (W/ BRYAN ADAMS)
16. I WON'T BE THE ONE TO LET GO (W/ BARRY MANILOW)
17. GUILTY (W/ BARRY GIBB)
* Not on the regular CD; tracks 14-17 are previously released.
You can order the deluxe CD online at Target, or stop by the store to pick it up September 16th.
Barbra & Elvis:
Parade Magazine has an exclusive online preview of “Love Me Tender,” Barbra's duet with Elvis Presley. Go here to listen to the beautiful track!
Barbra & Lionel:
August 25, 2014
Lionel & Barbra
Partners, Barbra's new album of duets with male singers, is due Sept. 16th. However, iTunes USA already has two songs available for download immediately: New York State of Mind with Billy Joel, and —just last night—a new, lovely, beautiful arrangement of The Way We Were with Lionel Richie (can you tell—I just love this track?!) What a great re-imagining of this classic song!
Several fans have noticed that Amazon UK is selling a deluxe version of the CD that contains the same 12 tracks listed for the US CD, plus these additional tracks:
- Lost Inside of You (duet with Babyface)
- I've Got A Crush On You (with Sinatra)
- I Finally Found Someone (with Bryan Adams)
- I Won't Be The One To Let Go (with Barry Manilow, radio edit)
- Guilty (with Barry Gibb)
The Babyface track is from Barbra's current Partners sessions—and does not appear on the 12-track version. The rest of the tracks are previously released.
The US will probably have the deluxe CD, too. I do not have any info right now. Fans may want to visit their favorite “big box” store on release day, however. It's possible the deluxe CD may be an exclusive at one of these stores, as Columbia has done in the past.
Here's a commercial/preview of another track:
August 17, 2014
Streisand at Hamptons Apollo Benefit
"Apollo in the Hamptons" benefit was held at Ron Perelman’s estate, The Creeks, on Aug. 16 in East Hampton. Pictured below, left to right: Streisand with Paul McCartney, Spike Lee, and surrounded by Donna Karan, Richard Baskin, and husband James Brolin. Photos by Kevin Mazur.
Below: Jim Brolin, Barbra Streisand, Jamie Foxx, Grace Hightower, Donna Karan (Photo by: Patrick McMullan)
August 12, 2014
“Partners” — New Album of Duets With Men Due September 16
Just a reminder to check my Twitter feed above ^^.
Many times I am linking to Streisand news stories that I don't have time to type up here on this page. Just scroll and click !
Are you following Barbra on Instagram?
Yesterday she revealed the cover of the new album and her duet partners via Instagram. Here's the cover for Partners, her new album of duets with men singers:
my new album PARTNERS is coming September 16th, featuring duets with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, ELVIS PRESLEY, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, and Stevie Wonder. What an extraordinary collection of talent!
She also shared some photos & videos on Instagram. Check it out!
The new album, which is executive produced by Ms. Streisand and Jay Landers, is produced by 'Babyface' and Walter Afanasieff.
Track Listing for "Partners"
- It Had To Be You with Michael Buble
- People with Stevie Wonder
- Come Rain Or Come Shine with John Mayer
- Evergreen with Babyface
- New York State Of Mind with Billy Joel
- I'd Want It To Be You with Blake Shelton
- The Way We Were with Lionel Richie
- I Still Can See Your Face with Andrea Bocelli
- How Deep Is The Ocean with Jason Gould
- What Kind Of Fool with John Legend
- Somewhere with Josh Groban
- Love Me Tender with Elvis Presley
Meanwhile, there was a sneak peak at the album on Good Morning America. A hi-def version of the same video has been posted on Barbra's YouTube Vevo channel:
- Pre-Order Streisand's new CD PARTNERS (Due Sept. 16th) from Amazon here.
- Pre-Order Streisand's new album in VINYL (Due Sept. 23rd) from Amazon here.
- Pre-Order PARTNERS in mp3 format and receive an immediate download of Streisand singing “New York State of Mind” with Billy Joel!
New Streisand Photography Book Coming This November
I'll post more details once I have them, but there is a new book coming from Taschen Books this November: Barbra Streisand by Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller.
According to the publisher's website:
Pitch perfect: From Funny Girl to A Star Is Born, the meteoric rise of Barbra Streisand
In 1970 Barbra Streisand published a story in Life magazine titled "Who Am I Anyway?" It was the very question two leading photojournalists of the day—Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller—were also asking as they photographed her during her first five years in Hollywood, working to get beneath the veneer and capture "the real Barbra."
Brimming with photographs—over half of which have never been published before—and stories behind the shots from Schapiro and Schiller, this is a must-have collection for any Streisand fan. All the best movies of Streisand's first Hollywood decade are here: Funny Girl, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Way We Were, The Owl and the Pussycat, Up the Sandbox, Funny Lady, and A Star Is Born. So too are her loves, directors, confidantes, and costars: Elliott Gould, William Wyler, Sydney Pollack, Vincente Minnelli, Cis Corman, Omar Sharif, Kris Kristofferson, and, of course, Robert Redford. Through it all a picture emerges not of a singer who could act, but of an actress who could sing, write, direct, dance, and do just about anything she put her mind to.
Limited to a total of 1,200 numbered copies signed by Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller, this book is available as Collector's Edition (No. 201-1,200), and also in two Art Editions of 100 copies each (No. 1-100 with a print signed by Steve Schapiro, and No. 101-200 with a print signed by Lawrence Schiller).
Since Taschen produces large format art books, the price is up there ($500+). Still, it looks to be a gorgeous collection.
Also wanted to mention:
I posted earlier that James Spada has a new Streisand photo book coming out from Abrams on October 21, 2014 (pictured below). If you go over to Amazon and click on "Look Inside" you can now see examples of some of the VERY RARE photos he's collected for the book.
Lauren Bacall Has Died
Sad news. The Hollywood Reporter has posted that: Bacall died Tuesday morning of a stroke in her longtime home in the Dakota, the famous Upper West Side building that overlooks Central Park in Manhattan.
Despite a lifetime acting in movies and on the stage, Lauren Bacall received her only Oscar nomination for her supporting role as Barbra’s mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).
Barbra's statement on Ms. Bacall:
What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her. And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed.
(Below: Streisand and Robin Williams at her 1986 concert, One Voice, in which Williams was the opening act.)
August 2, 2014
Streisand Blu-Rays Coming
Twilight Time today announced two Streisand films that they'll be releasing on Blu-ray.
- YENTL (1983) - December 9th
- FUNNY LADY (1975) - December 9th
Twilight Time last year released The Way We Were on Blu-ray, with a gorgeous restored print.
Details for Yentl and Funny Lady (bonus content, etc.) will be announced later.
Discs can be pre-ordered at the Screen Archives website —however, they do not list upcoming titles until a month before release date. Also, these Streisand Blu-rays will most likely be produced at 3,000 units only.
Stay tuned for details! I'll post them here when I have more information.
July 31, 2014
Gypsy By Mirror Writer
Nikke Finke has reported that Richard LaGravenese (who wrote Barbra's film The Mirror Has Two Faces) has been hired to pen the Gypsy screenplay for Universal. (There has not been an official announcement from the studio.)
This is an interesting development. Previously, Julien Fellowes (Downton Abbey) was hired to provide a script for the musical film.
Finke reports: “... a year later producer Joel Silver told me the British writer had done a 'wonderful job' on the draft.”
Finke also writes:
A year ago, I learned that [Streisand] spoke with Silver and Universal about co-directing the musical with Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda, Follies), the British director and dramatist. The only thing standing in their way at that point was obtaining permission from Stephen Sondheim who is the keeper of the Gypsy legacy since Arthur Laurents died and has approval over Gypsy‘s director as well as its 3 main roles. "Sondheim is the only person left who speaks for the whole creative group over the project," Silver explained to me at the time.
All of this is exciting news for fans who want to see Barbra in a movie musical soon.
Barbra Thanks Katie
Barbra pre-recorded a thank you segment for the last episode of Katie Couric's daytime talk show, which aired yesterday.
Barbra said to Katie: “I want to thank you for giving a boost to so many causes for women. And for inviting women to my website to learn about protecting themselves against heart disease. I really appreciate that. Sending you lots of love and light.”
July 14, 2014
Updates & News
Bonjour, everyone! I'm back from some travels in France with a few Streisand tidbits.
Here's some news:
- Congratulations to William Ross! He was nominated for his Music Direction for the PBS television version of Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn.
- There was a curious, one-sentence story over at Mail Online about Barbra's movie version of the musical Gypsy: “[Matilda director Matthew] Warchus has decided not to do the film version of Gypsy, with Barbra Streisand, because he has too much on.” The 47-year-old director is to succeed actor Kevin Spacey as the artistic director of England's Old Vic Theatre. The Gypsy project has definitely been alive, Streisand no doubt spending her energies this year finishing up work on her forthcoming album of duets.
- Don't Believe What You Read Part 101: Barbra and her husband James Brolin defied those tabloid rumors (again!) by appearing together at the screening of the new Rob Reiner film And So It Goes at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. (They also celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary in New York July 1st. Congrats!!) Over the Fourth of July weekend, Streisand and Brolin were guests of Donna Karan. They also attended a star-studded dinner at the Amagansett home of Sandy Gallin, who used to rep Streisand.
- The Streisand-centric one man show Buyer & Cellar, which is currently touring with star Michael Urie, has opened in Los Angeles. (I finally got to see Urie when he brought the show here to D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre last month. I thought it was charming and he was amazing!) In an L.A. Times piece, we received two pieces of information:
- [Streisand] does plan to see the show in L.A., says her publicist, Dick Guttman.
- "It was nice to be playing on Broadway in two shows," Streisand said via email, referring to "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers" and Tolins' play. She's been in dual productions "without having to leave my house."
- Billboard ran an article about Barbra's new album of duets. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're finally, I don't want to say done-done, but we're right there," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who's co-producing the set with Walter Afanasieff, told Billboard. "It's a beautiful, beautiful record. She's singing amazingly well, and it's been a fun project to do." To date, there has not been an official announcement about the album, so .... stay tuned for a Columbia Records press release with the list of performers who've joined Barbra to sing on this album!
- Singer-songwriter Richard Marx was on the Today Show July 9th and talked about Streisand (he wrote 'I Won't Be the One To Let Go' and 'If You Ever Leave Me' for her). Talking about his big solo hit, 'Right Here Waiting', Marx said: "I tried to give that song away to Barbra Streisand. She's the sweetest thing in the world, and we're friends, and I've worked with her since then. I still have the voice mail message that she left me when I sent her that song, which was, 'Richard I loved, loved, loved this melody, it's gorgeous, but I'm gonna need you to rewrite the lyrics, cause I'm not gonna be right here waiting for anybody!'"
- Rest in Peace: Actor Eli Wallach (Dr. Herbert A. Morrison in Nuts) and director Paul Mazursky (he played John Norman's manager in A Star is Born) have died.
June 24, 2014
Just a reminder to check my Twitter feed above ^^.
Many times I am linking to Streisand news stories that I don't have time to type up here on this page. Just scroll and click !
Two recent stories of note about Miss Streisand:
- Roger Friedman reported that Streisand and her husband James Brolin are celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary (July 1st) in New York. So much for those negative tabloid rumors about their marriage!
- Friedman also reported: Streisand, I hear, had a reading this past week in Hollywood of yet a new script for a movie about photographer Margaret Bourke White and writer Erskine Caldwell. I told you about the long painful history of this project a while ago. Now Streisand has a new script, and is trying to realize this film as her next directing project.
- Billboard reported: Lionel Richie turned 65 in style on Friday night (June 20), with Kid Rock in the flesh and a bunch of his other friends via video [...] A succession of tribute videos featured Barbra Streisand thanking Richie for being part of an upcoming duets album she`s recording ...
June 11, 2014
Streisand on The Hill
Barbra paid a visit to my town today—Washington, DC—meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to press for more funding for women’s heart disease. Streisand posed for a photo with Sen. McCain (above) and Sen. Durbin (below).
Photos courtesy of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Here's the official release:
Barbra Streisand brought her passion for women's heart disease to Capitol Hill today where she met with key Congressional leaders and the Senate and House Women's Caucuses. Ms. Streisand also met with senior officials from National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her message was clear.
"Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more women than all cancers combined.[i] Since 1984, more women than men have died every year from heart disease.[ii] It's time for more funding, more research, and more attention for women's heart disease," said Streisand.
Streisand became an advocate for women's heart disease prevention, education, and treatment years ago when she learned that women's heart disease is often symptomatically and physiologically different from men, yet most heart disease research has been performed on men. In 2012, she founded the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to identify female-pattern heart disease, develop new diagnostic tools, and advance specialized care for women.
Today, she met with Members of Congress to urge them to consider the expansion of existing women's heart health initiatives, increased focus on gender-specific data for heart research, and increased funding for women's heart disease prevention and research. Recognizing that women's heart disease strikes regardless of political party affiliation, she was determined to make this trip completely bipartisan. On Capitol Hill she visited with Sen. Richard Durbin, Sen. John McCain, Rep. Steny Hoyer and other congressional leaders. Her meeting with the Bipartisan Women's Caucus of the U.S. Senate was convened by Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Sen. Susan Collins. Her meeting with the Bipartisan Women's Caucus of the House of Representatives was coordinated by co-chairs of the Women's Health Caucus, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Rep. Donna Edwards.
Streisand was accompanied by leading cardiologists, C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, Director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Holly S. Andersen, MD, Attending Cardiologist and Director of Education & Outreach at the Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The doctors gave legislators a look at the front lines of this battle.
During the meetings, Streisand and her guests also called attention to the exceptional work of organizations like Sister to Sister, WomenHeart, and the Society for Women's Health Research, each of which bring light to this issue and advance women's heart health.
Yet, when it comes to women and heart disease, little has changed in the past 50 years. While men's prognosis has improved, the American Heart Association reports that 42 percent of women who have heart attacks die within one year compared with 24 percent of men.[iii]
"The fact is a woman's heart is different from a man's,[iv] yet women's hearts are under-researched, go untreated, and are misdiagnosed,"[v] Streisand says. "Together, we can change that."
Currently in the U.S., only a small amount ($246 million) is spent on women's heart disease research. In comparison, $959 million is spent on women's cancer research (breast, ovarian, cervical, endometrial and uterine).[vi] This level of commitment in women's cancer is important, and has brought great progress and saved lives. Streisand believes it's time to bring women's cardiovascular research funding to similar levels.
"The time is now. One woman dies nearly every minute from heart disease. We cannot let another year pass when another 400,000 of our fellow women die because these disparities aren't addressed," said Streisand.[vii]
[i] Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD. (2013). Deaths: Final data for 2010. National vital statistics reports; vol 61 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.
[ii] American Heart Association. (2014). Causes and prevention of heart disease.
[iii] American Heart Association & American Stroke Association. (2014). Statistical fact sheet 2014 update: Women and cardiovascular disease.
[iv] Thomas, C. (2010, November 14). How a woman's heart is different from a man's.
[v] National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute. (2012). Myocardial Ischemia in Women: Lessons from the NHLBI WISE Study.
[vi] National Institutes of Health. (2014, March). Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories (RCDC).
[vii] American Heart Association & American Stroke Association. (2014).
SOURCE Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
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Finally ..... Sen. McCain has a good sense of humor on this one. Look what he Tweeted:
Streisand replied, via Tweet:
June 2, 2014
Big Screen Barbra
In an interview with The Boston Globe on May 31st, film director Fred Schepisi (A Cry in the Dark and Six Degrees of Separation) titillated us with the following information about his next film:
I’m going to do a musical called “The Drowsy Chaperone.” It was on Broadway and is a fabulous musical that sort of takes the Mickey out of musicals, while enjoying being a musical. You’re led through it by this lonely bugger who can’t quite deal with the world, so he escapes into ’20s musicals. He listens to them and they come to life for him. We’ve got Geoffrey Rush in it, and Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway interested, and possibly Barbra Streisand. We’ll see.
So exciting ... if Barbra signs. Barbra would most likely portray the Chaperone, who has the big number, “As We Stumble Along.” Here's a character description of the Chaperone:
A melodramatic diva to be reckoned with who gleefully chews the scenery and steals just about every scene she is in.
One more film tidbit from this weekend:
In an interview with Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes—he's written the screenplay for Streisand's film version of the musical Gypsy—the following is said (**emphasis is mine):
He is also working on two stage musicals and a **stage version** of Gypsy with Barbra Streisand.
Fellowes is on record as writing the MOVIE version of Gypsy, by the way. Still ... it is encouraging to see that Fellowes is mentioning Gypsy, which Streisand may still be making!
All About Barbra — New Issue!
All About Barbra magazine has sent over the latest cover and info about it:
ISSUE 76! COLLECTOR’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION!
This special issue marks a massive 30 years of publishing ALL ABOUT BARBRA!
Inside: Funny Girl on Broadway – we mark its glorious 50th Anniversary with an 8 page section full of information and great pictures! Remember When? New feature! AAB is 30!, Extreme Makeover, Just For The Record—we round up of all the latest news and pictures! Todd’s Corner, Lots more ...
“When working with Barbra no two days are ever the same. Things can change at a moment’s notice and being one step ahead is crucial.”
What is it like to be on tour with Barbra? Find out in our fantastic, exclusive interview with Monique Impagliazzo – Barbra’s Executive Assistant. A great glimpse into life on tour and Barbra with exclusive pictures!
AAB is now on Instagram – allaboutbarbra24
AAB also has a mailing list – send your email to Barbramaguk@aol.com. AAB will keep you informed and up-to-date!
May 28, 2014
Streisand at Memorial Day Party
This weekend, Barbra and Jim Brolin attended producer Joel Silver's annual Memorial Day party in Malibu, California.
May 12, 2014
Streisand at Elephant Fundraiser
On May 11, Barbra Streisand attended the Elephant Crisis Fund Gala in Malibu, Los Angeles, held at the La Villa Contenta estate to benefit the Elephant Crisis Fund, co-hosted by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and Mark Wahlberg. Attendees were able to enjoy a farm to table feast and African-inspired cocktails.
May 8, 2014
Streisand at Fundraiser
Barbra Streisand and husband actor James Brolin attend the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Ambassadors for Humanity 20th anniversary dinner May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. US President Barack Obama attended the dinner while spending three days in California fund raising.
May 1, 2014
A new book about Barbra Streisand is coming from Abrams on October 21, 2014 from author James Spada.
“Streisand: In the Camera Eye” is a collection of 170 of the most compelling photographs of Barbra Streisand, chosen for their rarity, beauty, and insight into Streisand’s multifaceted life and career. The pictures, most of which have never been published before, document her many phases, from her early days on Broadway, including “Funny Girl,” to her hugely popular TV specials, to her work as an actress in films such as “Hello, Dolly!,” “The Way We Were,” and “A Star Is Born.” Taken by some of the greatest names in photography—including Philippe Halsman, Francesco Scavullo, Douglas Kirkland, Bob Willoughby, and Cecil Beaton—the images also represent her fabled concerts, as well as personal moments away from the set and stage. Seven essays by Spada introduce the various periods of Streisand’s adult life, and, along with substantial anecdotal and quote-filled captions, they combine with the spectacular photos to tell the whole story of one of the world’s most popular and beloved stars.
Abrams has revealed the book's stats:
- Trim Size: 9 x 11
- Page Count: 288
- Cover: Hardcover with jacket
- Illustrations: 170 color and black and white photos
James Spada granted Barbra Archives a short interview about the upcoming book.
Matt: After writing three books about Streisand, what made you return to the subject of Barbra Streisand again?
Spada: Four books on Barbra! I never could have imagined that back in 1974 when Barbra: The First Decade was published. But each of my books on Barbra has been different. With this one, I wanted it to be a sumptuous pictorial tribute to Streisand’s beauty and talent. I went to one of the best art book publishers in the world, Abrams, and they signed me up to do it! It will truly be the most lavishly produced of any of my books on Barbra.
Matt: The new book looks like a gorgeous “coffee table” photo book. But there’s text by you, too. Can you explain what you’ve done with Streisand: In the Camera Eye?
Spada: The book’s format is very simple and elegant. On most spreads there is a full page photo of Barbra on one page and on the other page an extended caption written by me that discusses what the photo shows and includes a quote from a costar, director, friend or observer praising Barbra and giving their explanation of why she is so special. There isn’t a negative word in the book about her.
Matt: Barbra rarely talks about it, but she has worked with many iconic photographers. And she is an amazing “model.” Does the new book comment on or illustrate that?
Spada: Absolutely. The book begins with four unpublished full color images by Craig Simpson taken when Barbra was eighteen. In one of them she looks like Audrey Hepburn or a Vogue model! There are four unpublished Cecil Beaton photos plus the cover shot, and he explains why she was the “perfect mannequin” to model the Clear Day outfits. The book illustrates all of her plays, television specials and movies, but also has many photos that are used just to illustrate her beauty.
Matt: Did you make it to any of the 2006 or 2012 Streisand concerts? Still consider yourself a fan of hers?
Spada: I did see her in 2006 but not 2012. Yes, of course I’m still a fan. Her photos, TV shows and movies have given me great pleasure since the mid-sixties and they still do to this day. It was such a joy to do this book. I had a lot of help from Jorge Rodriguez Garcia in Spain, who made his fantastic collection of Barbra photos available to me. We had this transcontinental working relationship!
Matt: What will surprise Streisand fans most about your new book?
Spada: I hope it will be the number of previously unpublished photos. I have a great one by Bob Willoughby of Barbra in the hotel pool in 1963, a few alternates from Howell Conant’s 1966 Look shoot, several unpublished shots by Mario Casilli, three amazing shots taken for the 1963 Look profile and never used, and lots more! And also, many of the previously published photos were used very small or poorly reproduced when they were first published, but in this book they’re full page and beautiful! I put this book together with Barbra’s fans in mind, and I’m confident they will be very pleased.
James Spada wrote “Barbra: The First Decade,” published in 1974; “Streisand: The Woman and the Legend,” published in 1981; and “Streisand: Her Life,” published in 1995. Spada was also one of the instrumental people involved in Barbra Quarterly, a Streisand fan magazine published in the mid-80s.
April 29, 2014
Funny Girl Arrives
The 50th anniversary special box set of Funny Girl (the Broadway cast recording) arrives 29 April. You can order it here from Amazon.com. Capitol Records is now offering a free MP3 digital download of the remastered tracks when you purchase the box set. The set is a limited edition, so it won't be available in great quantities.
For those who do not wish to purchase the expensive set, a great alternative is the MP3 version of the remastered album, which Amazon is selling as well. The MP3 download includes a digital version of the new, special booklet that's included in the box set. And at under $10 ... what a deal!
Of course, anything you purchase through the links on this page goes to support this site and my work on it (Amazon gives me a small cut of the purchase price for driving traffic to their site.)
Update 4/30: Got a chance to put my hands on this gorgeous box set today. It's a fantastic package—the box set booklet is longer with more photos than the digital booklet, too.
Barbra & Jim: Global Gourmet Games
This weekend, Barbra and husband Jim attended (according to the LA Times) The Global Gourmet Games, a gala fundraiser for FasterCures, “staged as a high-spirited competition that pits guests against one another to answer questions about food, wine and related trivia, such as which country consumes the most chicken per capita.”
The LA Times wrote that “the event raised an estimated $3 million for FasterCures, an organization dedicated to accelerating medical research to find cures for life-threatening diseases.
“The gala dinner also served as a kickoff to the four-day Milken Institute Global Conference, which attracts more than 3,000 people to Beverly Hills to hear more than 650 of the world’s top thinkers discuss some of today’s most pressing issues in business, health, government and education.”
April 24, 2014
Happy Birthday, Barbra!
It's Barbra's birthday!
I wish Barbra all the best on her special day ... and send thoughts of gratitude and thanks for all the pleasure she's brought us fans with her voice and her talent.
Barbra: ageless and evergreen ... truly!I'm a huge fan ... I think you're an amazing entertainer and humanitarian ... and a very sweet lady.
April 9, 2014
Barbra On “The Normal Heart”
The Normal Heart was a passion project for Barbra Streisand for many years. She didn't get to make her version of Larry Kramer's play. Ryan Murphy's film of The Normal Heart will air on HBO on May 25.
Make sure you read Barbra's piece for The Hollywood Reporter: Barbra Streisand on 'The Normal Heart': 'I Tried Very Hard to Get It Made.'
There is also a longer piece at THR: 'The Normal Heart's' 30-Year Journey From Barbra Streisand to Ryan Murphy.
April 7, 2014
New York Mag Update
Fans were super excited to see a retro photo of their idol as one of the covers of last week's New York Magazine. There were two vintage items inside the mag: a photo of Barbra in the 60s, and a quote about changing her name and Brooklyn. (The quote attributed to Barbra came from an article written by Jerome Weidman, the man who wrote I Can Get It For You Wholesale—it wasn't even a direct quote!)
Well, Barbra herself wrote to NY Mag to clear up some inaccuracies:
It simply isn't true. The truth is I didn't want to change anything about myself like my nose, my teeth, my clothes, whatever. But I wanted to have something original, so I took out the second 'a' from Barbara and became Barbra, which is the same name only without an A, and it looked a bit different and unique.
LAST WEEK'S GIVEAWAY: Congratulations to Denny Miller — she is the winner (chosen randomly) of the March 24-April 6, 2014 New York Magazine with Barbra Streisand on the cover ... her favorite 1960s Streisand album is Je m'appelle Barbra. Thanks to all who participated.
March 26, 2014
50 Years Ago Today...
.... Funny Girl opened on Broadway!
Here is today's official press release about the new Funny Girl Broadway Cast Album, due April 29th:
It has been 50 years since Barbra Streisand portrayed Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway stage production of Funny Girl, and 46 years since she reprised her critically acclaimed role for the 1968 feature film. On April 29, Capitol/UMe will release the Gold-certified Funny Girl: Original Broadway Cast Recording in a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition boxed set with a digitally remastered CD and vinyl LP, as well as a 48-page book featuring exclusive photos from the production and a new essay by Jay Landers. The remastered original cast recordingwill also be available for digital purchase, including 192k and 96k high definition audio on HDtracks.
By 1964, Streisand’s star was on a rapid rise. She was already a two-time GRAMMY® winner, earning 1963’s Album of the Year and Best Female Vocalist awards for her solo album debut, The Barbra Streisand Album. On March 26, 1964, Funny Girl opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre, with Streisand in the musical’s lead role of Fanny Brice.
With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, directed by Garson Kanin, and choreographed by Carol Haney under the supervision of Jerome Robbins. In addition to Streisand, the show’s original cast included Sydney Chaplin, Kay Medford, Danny Meehan, Jean Stapleton, and Lainie Kazan, who also served as Streisand's understudy. The production earned rave reviews and eight Tony® Award nominations, in every major category.
Funny Girl’s Original Broadway Cast Recording album was recorded in one session, 10 days into the show’s run, with seasoned Broadway cast recording producer Dick Jones at the helm. Released one week later by Capitol Records, the album climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, just behind The Beatles’ Second Album (also released by Capitol), and Streisand’s rendition of “People” became an instant classic. The album won the year’s GRAMMY® Award for Best Original Cast Album.
After more than 1,300 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Broadway Theatre, and a triumphant run in London’s West End, Funny Girl closed on July 1, 1967. The next year, Streisand made her Hollywood film debut, once again wowing critics and fans alike and earning the Best Actress Academy Award® for her portrayal of Fanny Brice in the Funny Girl motion picture.
- If a Girl Isn't Pretty [Jean Stapleton, Kay Medford, Danny Meehan and Ensemble]
- I'm the Greatest Star [Barbra Streisand]
- Cornet Man [Barbra Streisand]
- Who Taught Her Everything? [Kay Medford and Danny Meehan]
- His Love Makes Me Beautiful [John Lankston, Barbra Streisand and Ensemble]
- I Want to Be Seen With You Tonight [Sydney Chaplin and Barbra Streisand]
- Henry Street [Ensemble]
- People [Barbra Streisand]
- You Are Woman [Sydney Chaplin and Barbra Streisand]
- Don't Rain on My Parade [Barbra Streisand]
- Sadie, Sadie [Barbra Streisand and Ensemble]
- Find Yourself a Man [Danny Meehan, Kay Medford and Jean Stapleton]
- Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat [Danny Meehan, Barbra Streisand and Ensemble]
- Who Are You Now? [Barbra Streisand]
- The Music That Makes Me Dance [Barbra Streisand]
- Don't Rain on My Parade (Reprise) [Barbra Streisand]
A couple of upcoming shows with Streisand connections have emailed me info, and I thought I'd pass it along:
New York Theatre Barn is holding A Conversation With Rupert Holmes on Sunday, April 13. Holmes wrote some of the songs for A Star is Born, and worked with Barbra on the Lazy Afternoon album.
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March 13, 2014
While we're waiting for news about Barbra Streisand's next project or album release, here's some Barbra Herstory to keep you fans entertained—new pages!
- Sacramento Memorial Auditorium 1963 live show
- The Second Barbra Streisand Album ... updated!
- Columbia Pictures 50th Anniversary Party
- Making Bread With Barbra (Funny Lady press conference)
- For Pete's Sake ... several pages got upgraded!
- Mirror Has Two Faces ... more additions here.
- The Gypsy page has been updated with all the most recent developments.
- The Main Event got updated ... and I added a second page of info and photos.
- I recently revisited All Night Long, Barbra's 1981 movie with Gene Hackman. Check it out!
- Hello, Dolly's Cedar Sinai Opening
- I've been slowly adding all of Barbra's interview appearances on the Oprah Show. Those are all on one page right here.
- The RCA Demos page has been updated.
March 10, 2014
Streisand and Netanyahu
On March 6, Barbra Streisand attended an event at the home of Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan (The Mirror Has Two Faces and this year's 12 Years a Slave) which honored Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Mrs. Sarah Netanyahu.
March 2, 2014
My email is working now! Apologies, I know a few of you received bounce-back emails when you tried emailing me.
It's all fixed, and I'm back up-and-running.
February 24, 2014
Technical Difficulties & Some New Pages
Apologies in advance if you have tried emailing me at email@example.com ... I have moved this site over to a new server (all the pages should be up and working fine!), but I had a hiccup with the transfer of my email service which I was unable to resolve before I went away on vacation for a week. I'm back and working on the problem .... my email should be up-and-running any day now!
I just put up a new page in the Interviews section with photographer Bob Deutsch. Read it here, and enjoy!
Also new to Barbra-Archives is The Barbra Streisand Timeline (1942-2004). The Timeline was written and compiled by Allison Waldman, the author of The Barbra Streisand Scrapbook and Barbra Memories. Allison was a good friend who passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer. I received permission from Allison's family to post her timeline on my website because—like all things Allison wrote about Ms. Streisand's career—it was meticulous and factual. Allison stopped updating her timeline in 2004, so I have left it as-is. Read the Timeline here.
I've also done a major revision on The Concert (1994-5) pages (with help from some amazing fans who've sent photos and clippings—they're credited on the pages. Thank you!) Check out those pages here:
I'm working on the Timeless (2000) concert pages ... so please email me your clippings or photos or memorabilia, and I'll make sure to credit you on the page!
One last major update: It's the 50th Anniversary of Funny Girl on Broadway (it premiered March 1964). I have revised a lot of the pages on this site, with new photos, and new info. Check these out:
- Funny Girl Main Page
- Funny Girl Opening Night
- Funny Girl Out of Town Tryouts
- Funny Girl Show Synopsis
- Funny Girl: Show vs. Movie
- Funny Girl: Dressing Room, Stage Door, Playbills
- Funny Girl: Barbra in London 1966
February 7, 2014
Streisand on Today Show
Barbra Streisand appeared on NBC's Today Show Friday, Feb. 7th during the 8am hour. She spoke with host Natalie Morales about Go Red For Women Day and the Barbra Streisand Heart Center. Watch it here:
Barbra revealed her new talent: she sketches and draws!
January 16, 2014
Barbra at L.A. Art Show
Willem van Gogh, Barbra Streisand and Director of the Van Gogh Museum Axel Rger attends Van Gogh Museum Editions making it's U.S. debut at LA Art Show on January 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay)
Thanks for the Scans!
See my January 8th post below ... thanks to the fantastic Streisand fans out there who answered my call for scans of rare Streisand items for this site! I've received some amazing stuff that I'm processing and adding to various pages of this site.
Thank you Michael Kessler, Nacho (he sent his Barbra clippings book!), Christophe, Joe Petrollese, Peter Curl, Manfred, Bill Muzzillo, David, and Rick (his custom-designed Streisand art collection is pictured below)—and apologies if I did not mention you here.
Here's one example of a new magazine article I just added, thanks to Joe Petrollese's amazing scans. Read it here.
Thanks again, everybody!
January 14, 2014
Streisand in NY Times
This full-page ad for Teachers College Columbia University on page 65 of the Dec. 29 New York Times Magazine features the Emanuel and Barbra Streisand Endowed Scholarship Fund. Thanks to Tessie Patterson for scanning it so all can see!
Barbra at Cedars-Sinai
The Winter 2013-14 issue of Catalyst (a publication mailed to donors, philanthropists, and friends who support Cedars-Sinai’s medical research and programs) features a photo of a proud Streisand standing in front of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center. Last June, the Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion formally opened its doors.
January 8, 2014
Happy New Year!
I'm still looking for your rare scans, photos, clippings, industry ads, etc. of Barbra Streisand.
If you've ever thought about sending me something and never got around to it ...... let's do it now!
If you know it's “rare” and you'd like to share it with this site (and, therefore, thousands of Streisand fans around the world), please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking for private collection stuff—not the usual photos or materials one finds by using Google (and I'm an expert Googler, LOL.)
Also: I'm very interested in any 1960s images or clippings or from any of Streisand's live shows.
I'm happy to give you credit on whatever page I end up posting your material on (or if you want to remain anonymous).
Thank you in advance ... and have a fantastic 2014!