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Oct 14, 2014 / 205 notes

Barbra and Elliott at the 41st Academy Awards. April 14, 1969.
May 4, 2014 / 53 notes

Barbra and Elliott at the 41st Academy Awards. April 14, 1969.

May 1, 2014 / 102 notes

the-gentle-rain:

"Oh Marvin, Marvin. I just hear your name and it makes me smile." - Barbra Streisand

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"It was an incredible experience to see her in the flesh and everybody knew… there was not a question that this woman was a star and had a great voice and I think to myself gee, if only one day Barbra Streisand would sing one of my songs and that became my dream." - Marvin Hamlisch

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch

the-gentle-rain:


24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown24 → her birthday & lucky number

#21. Her intelligence and curiosity

In a very recent interview, Barbra called herself a “perpetual student”, and I tried to remember her every project and her level of involvement with them, and just thinking about it blew me away. 
This is a woman who once traveled to The Netherlands to study certain painters to better work with the colors in Yentl. Needless to say, she also studied the Talmud. 
She knows her politics and has deep comprehension of the causes she chooses to lend a voice to. Have you read her latest article on CO2 and organic farming? 
We all learned she was a straight-A student and it’s been said she has an IQ of over 160… But those are just statements… What matters most are the wise words and the outlets she’s chosen to express all her intelligence. 
If you need any proof, just watch The Artist As Citizen and remember her voice has always offered a lot more than that gorgeous singing.
May 1, 2014 / 40 notes

the-gentle-rain:

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#21. Her intelligence and curiosity

In a very recent interview, Barbra called herself a “perpetual student”, and I tried to remember her every project and her level of involvement with them, and just thinking about it blew me away.

This is a woman who once traveled to The Netherlands to study certain painters to better work with the colors in Yentl. Needless to say, she also studied the Talmud.

She knows her politics and has deep comprehension of the causes she chooses to lend a voice to. Have you read her latest article on CO2 and organic farming?

We all learned she was a straight-A student and it’s been said she has an IQ of over 160… But those are just statements… What matters most are the wise words and the outlets she’s chosen to express all her intelligence.

If you need any proof, just watch The Artist As Citizen and remember her voice has always offered a lot more than that gorgeous singing.

May 1, 2014 / 481 notes

the-gentle-rain:

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#22. This duet and this quote

“David [Begelman] took me to see [Barbra Streisand] in Las Vegas, when she was just starting out. I was curious, because I never heard so many people complaining… ‘God, is she ugly!’ Everybody was saying, ‘My God, I never saw anyone so ugly…’ And they said it with such force… And they said it so often that I thought, this girl must have something! And we were sitting at the table, and David was very proud the agency had just signed Bob Goulet. They had a choice of signing either Bob or Barbra, and David kept saying ‘Wait’ll you see this ugly, ugly girl!’

And Barbra came out. And after her first number I looked at David and said ‘Well, you blew it…’”

— Judy Garland

May 1, 2014 / 52 notes

the-gentle-rain:

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#23. A love like theirs

"Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can’t wait to see her again in the morning." - James Brolin on his wedding day.

"Congratulations honey, I’ll see you later in bed and we’ll play gin rummy… Or whatever game you want to play." - James Brolin at Glamour Women of the Year Award last November.

We know relationships and couples change as time passes by, and it would be silly and naive to believe life is always a fairytale but through all these years, the look in their eyes remais the same.

What a pleasure and honor to witness such a beautiful love story. 

"And just when I thought love had passed me by, we met

That first look In your eyes, I can’t forget

You melted me with your tender touch

I felt all fear and sorrow slip away…”

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24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown24 → her birthday & lucky number

#24. The truth, always the truth

Last but not least, the truth and all it encompasses: Originality, principles, acceptance, honesty, “what you see is what you get”, and actually telling the truth. 
If I could thank Barbra Streisand for one thing, it would be for teaching me the importance of staying true to oneself, I’d certainly learned that before but it was through her examples that I was able to unapologetically bring that into my life. Thank you Barbra for your originality, for refusing to compromise who you are, thank you for all the truth you bring to the world.
"I’ve always believed in the power of the truth." - Barbra Streisand
May 1, 2014 / 47 notes

the-gentle-rain:

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#24. The truth, always the truth

Last but not least, the truth and all it encompasses: Originality, principles, acceptance, honesty, “what you see is what you get”, and actually telling the truth. If I could thank Barbra Streisand for one thing, it would be for teaching me the importance of staying true to oneself, I’d certainly learned that before but it was through her examples that I was able to unapologetically bring that into my life. Thank you Barbra for your originality, for refusing to compromise who you are, thank you for all the truth you bring to the world.

"I’ve always believed in the power of the truth." - Barbra Streisand

Apr 30, 2014 / 38 notes

the-gentle-rain:

These are from Carole Bayer Sager's Instagram.

Apr 23, 2014 / 8 notes

Barbra Streisand on the set of Funny Girl with son Jason.

Apr 23, 2014 / 105 notes

the-gentle-rain:

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#1. She went from a mieskeit from Brooklyn to the greatest star of our time.

Barbra Joan Streisand (StreiSAND, not ZAND!) was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on April 24, 1942.

Her father died when she was only 15 months old and her mother was not the loving and supportive type. Her step-father didn’t particularly like her and seemed to think nothing of calling her ugly and mentioning the flaws he saw in her.

(“My mother egged me on. The more she said I’d never make it, that I was too skinny, the more determined I got.”)

Barbra grew up poor (she had a hot water bottle as a doll) and despite her excellent grades, she didn’t like school and didn’t have many friends. No one supported her aspirations as an actress… It didn’t much matter because she had enough intelligence, talent and chutzpah to conquer the world.

Barbra went from a mieskeit from Brooklyn to the greatest entertainer of our time.

"Any agent or mother or entrepreneur who believes he has another Barbra Streisand tucked away on a pedestal in a corner, waiting to be unveiled, had better change professions. There is just not going to be another Barbra Streisand, now or ever. What she is, happens once. ” - Alan Jay Lerner