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.
All About Barbra15A nose with deviationOn Rhoda(Season 3, Disc 4), now out onDVD, in the episode titled "Nose Job,"Brenda (Julie Kavner) considers surgicallychanging her nose to make herself more attractive.In her consultation with the doctor (guest starDavid Ogden Stiers), they have this exchange: Dr. Dreiser: "So tell me, who's your favoriteactress?"Brenda: "Huh?"Dr. Dreiser: "Who's your favorite actress? See, mostpeople want to look like theirfavorite actor or actress. You know, Kirk Douglas'chin. Cher's cheek bones. So whose nose do youwant? Who's your favorite actress?"Brenda: "Ah, Barbra Streisand."Dr. Dreiser: "I, uh, I fix 'em. I don't break 'em."Joking aside, this episode originally aired onFebruary 20, 1977, when A Star Is Bornwas white-hot in theaters and many admirers strived toimitate Barbra's look.Sister, you'vebeen onmy mindFor a rare Roslyn Kindcover story, see theMarch 2010 issue ofCabaret Scenes.The article isaptly titled "The FamilyGene" and mentions theinevitable comparisons toBarbra. Though Roz strivedto establish her ownidentity as a performer, shesays, "There were certainthings that are familial thatare never going to die inme. I remember peopletelling me that I sound like her and move like her.Do they think I stare at her and watch her move?This is genetic. I go on a stage wanting to be me.She is indelible in people's minds and a legend -and if I have a hint of that familial gene, I'm notgoing to erase it. That would be denying who Iam." A black & white photo of Roz with Barbra,Jason, and Mom Diana (from The Prince of TidesLos Angeles premiere, 1991) is included. With all the trimmingsThe Here's LucySeason 3 DVD set contains aspecial feature on "Lucy Meets the Burtons"(original airdate, September 14, 1970), thehighest rated episode of the entire series. That's theone where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtonguest-star as themselves. In the featurette, "LucyMeets the Burtons: A Comic Gem," ProductionExecutive Howard Rayfiel recalls the perks lavishedon the Burtons for their appearance. Onememorable fringe benefit was Liz's dressing room.Says Rayfiel, "The dressing room that we had forElizabeth was the most spectacular dressing roomyou could find. It had been built for Barbra Streisandwhen she did On A Clear Day for Paramount, andyou were not allowed to use the name BarbraStreisand in the presence of Elizabeth Taylor. This ispart of the craziness of Hollywood." Hmmm. It startedover coffeeSigns and souvenirs of September 26, 2009populate the main menu of Barbra's One NightOnlyBlu-ray and DVD. They're all there: thedate, the Village Vanguard occupancy sign, the"Make Someone Happy" sheet music, and finally,the blue and white coffee cup adorned with Greekcolumns and the slogan, "It's a pleasure to serveyou." Barbra raises the cup as a toast early in her firstnumber, "Here's To Life," and then again when sheexclaims "L'chiam" to end the song. Indeed, thatsimple cardboard cup appears throughout the show.What a clever touch that the DVD ends with the fanwho reveals, "I have to admit, I did steal the cup."As a footnote, on April 25, 2010, shortly beforethe May 4th Blu-ray and DVD release of One NightOnly,Leslie Buck, the cup's creator, passed away atage 87. His obit stated the cup became an iconicsymbol of New York, "right up there along with theStatue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge." Sinceits creation in 1963, it has been a staple at diners,delis, bodegas, and perhaps at early Barbra showsbefore she favored fancy china tea sets for sipsbetween songs. Deepinthe nightThe remastered Deep ThroatDVD -yes, youread that correctly -contains an extra featuresure to please those Barbra fans who love torevisit her movie locations. In the featurette, "TheDays of Deep Throat and Linda Lovelace," vintagefootage of Times Square in the early '70s is shown.The camera pans a row of porno theaters, one ofthem sporting this sign: BARBRA STREISAND'SNEW MOVIE FILMED HERE. This obviously refersto The Owl and the Pussycat, and the porn theater isthe setting for the movie within that movie, CycleSluts. The sign, which also exclaims MIDNIGHTCOWBOY FILMED HERE, can be seen during theopening credits of the featurette as well asapproximately 7 minutes in. Streisand completistsmay buy this DVD for the Barbra sign, but theyshould not ignore Linda Lovelace's actingtechnique. Here's a rare backstage photograph of twotrue legends, Barbra and Lena Horne.Barbra is positively glowing as she visitswith Lena after a performance of Lena Horne: TheLady and Her Musicin 1981. Ms. Horne, whopassed away on May 9, 2010 at the age of 92, wona special Tony for the show. David LeShay, then apress assistant, snapped the photo.I'm allsmilesWrite to Todd Sussman at email@example.com