85th Annual Academy Awards

Broadcast February 24, 2013 (ABC)

Streisand sings in honor of Marvin Hamlisch

Academy Awards show producer Craig Zadan told Deadline Hollywood: “When we went to Barbra the first day we got the job , we said we are doing this theme of music and we said ‘how can we do it without you? We must have you’ and she said ‘yes’. What we didn’t know  when we asked her is that she hadn’t sung on the show in 36 years since she won for “Evergreen”. How thrilling is it to have her be part of this.

Zadan also told Vanity Fair: “We showed her the design for the [number] that she is doing, and she was enormously enthusiastic. I’ve only heard positive things from her and am absolutely looking forward to seeing her onstage.”

The night of the show, Streisand walked to the front of the stage humming the introduction to “The Way We Were.” Her song solo followed the In Memoriam segment and, above her on the Oscar stage was a photograph of Marvin Hamlish, who passed away last year.

Closeup of Streisand

“Marvin Hamlisch was a composer of extraordinary depth and versatility,” she said. “He was also a very kind and generous friend who could always make me laugh,” she said. “Over the years, we shared many adventures together. Marvin left us way too soon, but I'll always have those wonderful, wonderful memories ...”

Streisand sang a poignant version of “The Way We Were.”

The gorgeous backdrop she performed on was designed by Tony Award-winning set designer Derek McLane. He told Broadway World in 2014: “[Streisand] was very, very enthusiastic about the set after she saw it and I heard that from a number of people, including some of her friends who were also around for the show. And for a short time, she was interested in taking the set on tour with her to Europe. At the end of the day, it didn't work out because the set was not made to be tourable, but for me, that was obviously an enormous thrill and I got to chat with her briefly about it at the Governor's Ball. I was really honored and flattered that she was so appreciative. I had never met her before and have always been such a fan, she's such an icon, so that was truly thrilling.”

Streisand singing The Way We Were

Below: Although the show cut to commercial quickly after Barbra performed, she received a standing ovation from the audience for her tribute to Hamlisch.

Streisand standing ovation

After the Oscar show, Streisand attended the official Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood and Highland Center. (Tickets to the ball pictured below.)

Governors Ball tickets

Sitting at Barbra's Governor's Ball table were James Brolin, Dame Shirley Bassey, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Donna Karan.

Streisand and James Brolin

(Above: Streisand and James Brolin; Below: Barbra Streisand, Adele, and Shirley Bassey attend the Oscars Governors Ball. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Streisand, Adele, Bassey

Adele told E! Entertainment's Marc Malkin: “I was more nervous last week when I met her for the first time. Even though she is who she is, it's so amazing because she's so normal.”

Barbra looked simply gorgeous at the Oscars in her Donna Karan New York gown designed by Ms. Karan specifically for Barbra. Entitled 'City Lights' the black asymmetrical, bias-cut dress was a waterfall of chiffon layers encrusted with matte gold sequins and beads. A long-sleeve capelet added the final layer of chiffon, its back dramatically falling to the floor. “Everything I do with Barbra is a collaboration born of our artistry, our friendship and our love for one another. We're sisters,” Karan said.

(Below: Hello Gorgeous! Photo by Kevin Mazur)

Streisand in Karan


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