Barbra Streisand issues a ‘truth alert’ on her website regarding ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘awards room’
Barbra Streisand has taken to her personal website to issue what she calls a ‘truth alert’ to clear up a few things in last week’s Variety article on her. The multiple Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe award winner and AFI Life Achievement, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient seems a bit over-sensitive over her den being described as an ‘awards room.’ NO ONE has more awards than Barbra Streisand – she could/should open a museum to house them! Anyway. here is her post: When I do an interview, I like to be quoted accurately. I also expect the truth to be told, with facts checked.
This is why I’m reluctant to give interviews without having quote approval. In last week’s Variety article, they mistakenly made it sound like I didn’t want to be in Funny Girl! What??? I fought hard for that part! How could they make that mistake? I loved the character of Fanny Brice (they even misspelled her name Franny).
The film Funny Girl is near and dear to my heart! Not only am I proud of the finished product, it was the best experience I ever had making a film! It was a brilliant musical, combining a dramatic story with music. That’s why I wanted a serious director, not a musical director. Working with two great men, director William Wyler and cameraman Harry Stradling, was such a gift to me. They always encouraged my ideas and told me I should be directing. They were never threatened. Willy was intrigued by the scenes I brought him every day from the tryouts in Boston and Philadelphia. Harry wanted me to direct a small independent movie as my next film because he respected my ideas. By the way, at the end of shooting, Willy gave me an engraved copy of a director’s megaphone with DGA on it!
I do want to thank Variety for the wonderful cover story with great pictures by my friend Russell James, and for quickly changing these mistakes online. Also, they originally said I had an awards room. I have a den where if you look in the doorway, you don’t see any awards! They’re hidden in the corners.