On his date, Barbra recorded for vocals for the album 'Harold Sings Arlen (With Friends).' She recorded her vocals were recorded on November 22 and 24, 1965. She appeared on two songs: 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' and 'House Of Flowers.' Harold Arlen, most famous for writing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, wrote of Streisand: “Barbra’s version of ‘House of Flowers’ is the most moving, exciting rendition imaginable—and I’m delighted. As for Barbra joining me on this album—I’m gratulant and grateful and an indebted idolater.” #albumcover#onthisday#haroldarlen
I know... I know... I know... this is a photoshopped picture and it doesn't exactly fit it with Day 26 but these are two fabulous women who are two of my absolute favourites! So for Idol with friends, I present to you Cher and Barbra! Aren't they gorgeous! This photo (although the man who sat between them has been photoshopped out) is from the fundraiser earlier this year helping out Texas and Florida after the storms. #cher#tv#television#charity#fabulous#amazing#theyareperfect#betterthanyou#queens
47 years ago today, The Owl and The Pussycat was released.
Barbra’s second film under her contract with producer Ray Stark was The Owl and the Pussycat. The movie was a bit of a risk for Barbra as she had only done three musicals, which were all suitable for families. This was the total opposite. It was a non-musical about a prostitute. The film would feature saucy dialogue and nudity was originally planned.
Asked by a columnist if she would be singing in The Owl and the Pussycat, Streisand retorted, “How many singing prostitutes do you know?” To another journalist, she said, “It’s not Medea, so what’s the big deal? I’d feel more apprehensive if I were going to play Juliet or Hamlet, which I always wanted to do.” Reportedly, Martin Charnin was commissioned to write a song for the film. However, it seems that Barbra did what she originally planned to do and did not sing. The song written was "The Best Thing You've Ever Done" which Barbra used for The Way We Were, in 1974.
But, a soundtrack was unrealised. The unsuccessful and now hard-to-find album featured only selected dialogue from the film and instrumental performed by Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Going back to nudity, it was originally planned for Barbra to appear nude. Barbra told one reporter, “The producer and the director are both pleading with me to put it back in the film, but I won’t. I did the scene on condition that it wouldn’t be used without my approval, and I didn’t like it. It’s out and it stays out.” The scene, according to Streisand, “spoils the comedy of the next scene.” The movie grossed $23.7million at the box office and another $11 in rentals. #hollywood#nude#sexy#hair#funny#clothes
On this day in 1992, Barbra was presented the “Commitment To Life” award by the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at the Universal Amphitheater. The Barbra Streisand Foundation had contributed thousands to many AIDS causes. #charity#giving#onthisday
Gilda can be quite uncomfortable for modern audiences. It is now clear that the relationship between Gilda and Johnny is toxic at best, abusive at worst.
Yet, it's not the fictional relationship that makes the film difficult. Rather it is the the mirror it holds up to Rita Hayworth's personal life and relationships.
Rita Hayworth's relationships with men were tumultuous to say the least.
It began with her father, who, unfortunately, did not treat her how a father should. At age 12 he decided Margarita (Hayworth's birth name) was the perfect dance partner for his new act.
He took her out of school and to Tijuana to perform with him in the Dancing Cansino's. He told people she was his wife, dyed her hair black, put red lipstick on her and dressed her in garish, sexy clothes.
On stage she was expected to dance provocatively. She would bat her eyelashes and shimmy seductively to rooms full of adoring, old men. Again, she was 12.
If all this seems inappropriate, it gets worse.
There are rumours that suggest Rita Hayworth's father sexually abused her. Her mother was very likely the only person who knew about the abuse. She shared a bed with the child in an attempt to protect her. This was in vain. On the touring road, there was no protection for young Rita.
It's likely that father's abusive treatment of her was the trigger that led to a lifetime of disastrous relationships.
The first of which comes in the form of 41-year old letch, Eddie Judson... To be continued.
A rare photo from Funny Girl. This scene is the beginning of when the press come to the theatre to ask about Nick going to prison. I believe we only get to see this part from the wings of the stage. I am going to take a guess this is Barbra portraying Fanny Brice as her Baby Snooks character. #cimema#vintagefilm#vintagecinema#fannybrice#funnygirl
39 years ago today, Barbra's Greatest Hits Vol.2 was released. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
The album stayed at no.1 for three weeks.
The album included hits such as The Way We Were, Evergreen and her duet with Neil Diamond which most probably helped the album reach no.1 due to its massive success.
The album also included the song Prisoner (theme from Eyes Of Laura Mars) and had only previously appeared on the soundtrack to that movie.
This album has been certified 5x platinum. As well as America, it also reached No.1 in UK, New Zealand and Canada. The album also reached no.6 on the UK's end of year charts. #albumcover#onthisday#album#greatesthits
21 years ago today, the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces was released. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Directed by Barbra, The Mirror Has Two Faces is a touching romantic comedy that explores the modern myths of beauty and sex and how they complicate relationships.
Barbra plays the unromantic, Rose Morgan who isn't interested in love and is seen as frumpy and unattractive (but with Barbra, it's hard not to be beautiful!).
Starring across Barbra is Jeff Bridges who becomes Barbra's on-screen romance. The film also stars the legendary Lauren Bacall who was nominated for her role as Barbra's mother.
Barbra said, “I've always been interested in telling stories about positive transformations and the possibility for human growth, about individuals who realize their potential and refuse to be governed by other people's rules. I am curious about how love and compassion can heal and liberate the soul—send the spirit soaring.” This was Barbra's third try at directing and was far different than the two masterpieces which she had produced. Those being Yentl and The Prince Of Tides. From heavy stories with heart breaking story lines, she made a more light heated comedy.
Fun Facts: -When first previewed, the movie didn't include the Oscar nominated I Finally Found Someone. The original love theme was called 'It Doesn't Get Better Than This." Unreleased, a bad copy recorded from the preview can be found on YouTube however, the audience's applause drowns it out. -Lauren Bacall wasn't the only choice. Elizabeth Taylor was also a possibility -Although based on the French movie Le Miroir A Deux Faces by André Cayatte, this version is different in several ways: the reconstructive surgery is absent, and both characters are brilliant people, whereas in the original they were average and modest. #onthisday#themirrorhastwofaces#director#laurenbacall