In a recently published New York Times interview with Barbra Streisand conducted in late June, the entertainment icon, who is currently in the midst of a limited summer tour, spoke about her early-career relationship with the late stage and screen star Judy Garland.
It was in 1963 when Streisand, who was in her 20s, and Garland, 41, famously joined voices on a duet of “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “Get Happy.” “Afterward, she used to visit me and give me advice,” Streisand told the Times. “She came to my apartment in New York, and she said to me, ‘Don’t let them do to you what they did to me.’ I didn’t know what she meant then. I was just getting started.”
Watch the duet below:
Streisand also spoke about the on-again, off-again film version of Gypsy, which would cast the singing actress as the ultimate stage mother Rose.
The Times reports that the film is “in limbo,” with Streisand explaining, “I’m at their mercy. One day you’re going to do Gypsy, the next day it’s off.” About the character of Rose, Streisand told the Times, “I think she’s tough as nails, but a tough person who’s vulnerable inside, you know? It’s like a crab, something that’s jelly inside. What makes for anger is also hurt, and that gives you the depth of playing somebody like that.”
As previously reported, after Universal Pictures officially passed on the long-in-development Gypsy project, it was announced that STX Entertainment was in “advanced negotiations” to pick it up. Streisand is producing the film with Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon).
Gypsy features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on the autobiography of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, the musical focuses on her relationship with her mother, Rose Hovik, who shepherded her through the world of vaudeville when she was a child, always treating her as second-best to her sister, June.
Originally written for Broadway diva Ethel Merman, Gypsy was filmed in 1962 with Rosalind Russell in the role. It was remade for television in 1993 starring Bette Midler. Subsequent Broadway Roses include Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone.
Streisand's new solo recording is due later this month.