Barbra Streisand has a bone to pick with both Variety and The New York Times. Both publications ran features on her which did not quite meet her exacting standards. Don’t worry, nobody has been fired! Babs understands that mistakes happen. Once. The issues have since been corrected in all online versions but Barbra would still like to direct your attention to a “New Truth Alert” issued on her website “http://www.barbrastreisand.com” for further clarification. Yes, you have to peck that all out in your browser with your pointer finger, hyperlinks are shortcuts for lazy people who don’t care about hard work and facts.
Barbra says Variety misquoted her and made it sound like she didn’t really want the role of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl! which is ridiculous. Barbra says on her website:
“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)”
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.
But Variety’s errors pale in comparison to the egregious blunder made by The New York Times when they ran a photo of Miss Violet and Miss Scarlet, the two clones of Barbra’s beloved Coton de Tulear Sammie in a feature titled Barbra Streisand Explains: Why I Cloned My Dog.
Here’s what Barbra had to say about that:
P.S. Even though the New York Times didn’t change a word I wrote about my beloved Samantha, I was disappointed that they did change the picture I sent. It was cut in half in the actual Sunday paper (I guess for space purposes), but it destroyed the intent and specialness of the full picture that was shown online. The point is, my little girls were looking at their mother pictured on her tombstone! It’s an amazing photo, taken by my longtime and dear assistant, Renata.
I’ve really got to know, is that grave in a pet cemetery or an actual people cemetery? Did Barbra buy up regular cemetery plots overlooking the Pacific Ocean for all her doggies? If paying $50,000 to have your dog cloned sounds indulgent, take a good hard look at the gravestone. The carved likeness of Sammie probably cost at least half that. My mother was cremated and I don’t even know where the rest of her ashes are at the moment! If my mom was buried next to Samantha and there were baby stroller tracks all over her grave, Barbra and I would be having words. Actually, who am I kidding, my mom would have loved that.