Warner Bros was very anxious to have Barbra Streisand'sA Star Is Bornin their 1976 release schedule. What theywere not anxious about, was having the concert segmentsfor the movie filmed live. They tried to convince Barbraand Jon Peters to use stock footage from Woodstock and the Isle ofWight. But Barbra and Jon felt it necessary for the film to containconcerts that were actually filmed for the movie. Warner Bros,reluctantly agreeed but on one condition. They requested Barbra andJon to put together a 3 day press junket which would culminate onMarch 20,1976 with the live rock concert Peters was planning. JonPeters started organizing the event in late January. The concept was tocreate an event that upwards of 40,000 rock fans might attend, withBarbra, Kris, and the filming drawing willing concert goers at a ticketprice of $3.50. Would that many people attend? Peters decided if theconcert was to be a huge success and a media event, he would haveto bring in a variety of big name rock and roll entertainment. Heturned to veteran rock producer Bill Graham. Graham started toorganize the event. He hired Santana, Montrose, Graham CentralStation, and the L.A. Jets. The headliners, The Doobie Brothers,bowed out, so Peter Frampton was brought in.Streisand mega fan, Dennis Berno, began to hear the rumors in January of 1976.When word trickles out that Streisand might sing live, people begin to talk.Knowing he just had to be there, his wheels started spinning. "First, I'll contactWarner Bros. They're making the film. "Jon Peters office, please." The voice thatanswered the phone belonged to Jane Jenkins, Peters' personal assistant. (Jane wasthen currently one of the biggest casting agents in Hollywood.) She was very nice,but informed him, if he was calling regarding the A Star Is Bornconcert schedule,he'd have to call her at a later date. Dennis did just that. He got back to her, timeand time again, and also sent her gifts to remind her, lest she forget, that he was veryinterested in attending the concerts. Finally his persistence paid off. Jane advisedDennis to send his money for the tickets to Arizona State University in PhoenixThe price was an amazing $3.50 per ticket. He sent his money off right away, andwhen the tickets arrived it seemed to him a miracle. Saturday, March 20, 1976.Festival seating. Concert goers were urged to arrive early. Dennis took his cousinVicki, and a friend from Washington, Rick Sakota. Dennis and Vicki arrived inArizona late Thursday evening, March 18th. On the way from the airport to theHoliday Inn, they passed Sun Devil Stadium. Although it was quite late, thestadium was all aglow. A lot of security people could also be seen. From their hotelroom balcony, they could hear music coming from the stadium but they did nothear Barbra. So marked their arrival in Phoenix. Members of the press who stayedat the Hyatt Regency, were treated a little differently upon their arrival. Awaiting intheir hotel rooms was a large basket of fruit, a record album (Classical Barbra), aproduction t-shirt, and the concert poster. Along with the aforementioned, was aschedule of events and a personal letter from Jon Peters. Friday - March 19, 1976 -Barbra Streisand and Jon Peters arrived at the venue around 4:30am. Dennis andVicki arrived bright and early also. Through a rear entrance, a convenient open gateled them to a backstage area and all the action. Crews were preparing to beginfilming. Looking far in the distance, they saw some trailers, and then for one brieffleeting moment, Barbra Streisand. She was receiving a dozen roses from someone.She thanked them and then returned to her trailer. She was too far in the distancefor Dennis to make out any clearer details. Even so, Dennis was elated to havespotted her. The day could only get better.The rest is set to appear in our next online edition!Dennis Bernowas a wonderful friend of All About Barbra.Sadly, hepassed away in 2007. However, he sent this article written byRichard Giammancofor BARBRAbiliain 1996 in to our GraphicsEditor, Steve, in hopes it would appear in the magazine one day.That day has come. It is our pleasure to be able to include this,Dennis' wonderful account of his experience at the filming of A StarIs Bornin March 1976 during the huge, live outdoor concerts at theSun Devil Stadium, Arizona. Thanks Dennis - we miss you.In Concert for A Star Is Born
All About Barbra14Todd'sCornerAll the news... All the clips...All the BarbrasDid anyone ever tell you that youwere very, very sexy? If you're Barbra,they always will... with compliments,photo tributes, and a variety of waysto achieve the look. Plus: DVDs,magazines and collectibles for thecompletists.BY TODD SUSSMANThe cover girl as funny girlShe's got legs, man. She's got a cute butt." Jennifer Aniston has some very nice things to say aboutBarbra in the September 2010 issue of Harper's Bazaar. In an 8-page layout, she also strikes posesinspired by iconic Barbra images. The new photographs, taken by Mark Seliger, include Jenniferchanneling Barbra singing "My Man," a Funny Girlcostume fitting shot, two What's Up, Doc?looks, and theFunny Lady"How Lucky Can You Get" scene, complete with backless gown. Amazingly, Barbra'strendsetting looks from decades past are still fashionable today. They also cost a pretty penny. For example,a dress by Giambattista Valli carries a price tag of $13,500. In the accompanyingpiece, Jennifer singsStreisand's praises,"Barbra inspires mebecause there isn'tanything she hasn'tdone that she wanted todo." Interestingly, herfavorite Barbra films, TheWay We Wereand A StarIs Born, are not featuredin the layout.When Barbra heardJennifer would beemulating her, she calledEditor-in-Chief GlendaBailey and told her, "Iwas very flattered thatJennifer chose to do thisphoto tribute to me. Ican't wait to see it."Upon seeing the results,Barbra posted additional comments on barbrastreisand.com: "I was very flattered that Jennifer Anistonchose to interpret my style with the photos in Harper's Bazaar.She's a delightful person, and I think she dida wonderful job. If only she had a bump on her nose."In the U.S., this issue was printed with three different covers: a color cover with Jennifer as herself (releasedto newsstands), a black & white cover with Jennifer as Barbra circa 1960s (for subscribers), and a specialnewsstand collector's edition (of the same '60s photo) in black and shiny gold. Following the first page inall three versions, there's an alternate Jennifer-as-Barbra color cover. It's very '70s with the long blondehair. She looks fantastic. And none of us will ever forget the real thing, Barbra's baby blues staring out at us on hertwo Bazaarcovers, November 1972 and November 1983. The newsstand and subscription covers"CopycatsJennifer Aniston isn't the first artist to feel thesweet inspiration and follow where Barbraleads. In 1965, musical satirist Allan Shermanreleased his My Name Is AllanLP, with a black &white childhood photogracing the cover, just likethe My Name Is BarbraLPreleased earlier that year.Sherman even used thesame font on his cover. In 1979, Paul Jabara(who co-penned "TheMain Event/Fight" and"No More Tears") releasedhis LP, The Third Album,with his cover photo in theupper right quadrant (a laBarbra) and, again, thesame lettering as Barbra's1964 same-titled LP. The omnipresent Scavullophoto of Barbra and KrisKristofferson passionatelyembracing to advertise AStar Is Born(including LPcover and movie poster)inspired a skit on The CarolBurnett Show.In the skit,Carol and guest star GlenCampbell duplicate thepose but with one hitch:they are literally gluedtogether and cannotseparate (original airdate,January 15, 1977). The iconic Scavullo shotcontinued to inspire, even a year later, when theone-sheet poster for Joan Rivers' 1978 directorialdebut, Rabbit Test, featured four movie posterparodies. The one called A Hare Is BornlampoonedBarbra and Kris' pose, with Joan (in Streisandmode) locking lips with a large rabbit (in theKristofferson role).C'est Si BonesIt's always fun to spot a Barbra LP cover in amovie. You can do just that by watching TheLovely Bones, now on Blu-ray and DVD. Afterdeveloping the last roll of film his daughter shotbefore her untimely demise, Jack Salmon (MarkWahlberg) exits a shopping mall's photo store andlooks through the pictures. We the audience thensee an adjacent record store. In the record bin(screen right, approximately 1 hour and 17minutes into the film), the top half of Je M'appelleBarbrapeers out at us. The set decorators paid closeattention to detail. This scene is set in the early 70s,and Je M'appelle(released in 1966) would haveeasily been a record store staple back then. In amuch earlier scene (approximately 8 minutes intothe film) set in the same record store, look closelyand you'll see Je M'appelle Barbrathere, too. Exclusive to the 2-disc special edition Blu-rayedition of The Lovely Bones, the special featuresinclude an immersive making-of diary. Click on"USA Principal Photography" and at approximately1:22 on your Blu-ray counter, you'll see Je M'appelleBarbraagain. In the final version of the film, thename of the record store cannot be seen. However,in the featurette, the sign for Top Tunes Recordsappears clearly in the frame.The key to my heartThanks to the kind soul who gifted me with theBarbra Streisand room key given to guests atthe Beverly Hilton. They were speciallycreated for the Streisand/Julien's live auction onOctober 17 and 18, 2009. This credit card-like keyfeatures the same color close-up of Barbra used forthe auction's catalog and promotional posters. It'strue... Barbra continues to open doors inHollywood.