Friday, April 30, 2010

Funny Lady filming locations Part 2

Billy Rose's Aquacade is long gone, but the pool and grandstand is still there- with alterations.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Streisand autographs

I'm not into buying autographs from sellers. But I've made two exceptions. The first one was way back in the '80s when it wasn't as easy to find them. I was so surprised to find one that I didn't scrutinize it close enough- it turned out to be a fake! I simply got caughht up in the thrill of finding one that I temporarily lost my senses.

With the introduction of Ebay you can readily find them for sale- and with still more authenticity issues. It's very easy for some slimeball to increase the value of a $1 album with a fake Barbra signature.

I bought the one above for three reasons. 1-it was personalized (supposedly it decreases the value to collectors). 2-it included an inscription (again, it supposedly decreases the value). Both reasons are for me all the more to think the signature is real. Forgers aren't going to go through all that trouble if it is ultimately going to distract from it's collectability- and price.

And 3- it just looks real. Who else is going to say "I'm art deco'd out"? I don't know who Richard is and I don't know when it was signed. Barbra has mentioned in interviews that after she finished decorating the art deco house, she got tired of it- and that was way after The Way We Were came out.

So I'm not planning on aquiring any more Barbra autographs . . . . . unless they are in person!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Who's Who

While going through my collection of magazine covers, I try to filter out the ones that are "common" (for lack of a better word). That's why you won't see many here. There's no sense in posting covers that have been published or posted elsewhere. But I don't think I've seen this one anywhere else. Of course I could be wrong, so feel free to correct me!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Letters to Rona

Letters from one of Rona Barrett's magazines.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Way We Were on TV

Finally, something good on T.V.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Don't believe what you read! Part 6

Nice photo, bad (and inaccurate) headline.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Streisand and Sinatra

No TV special, but we did ultimately get a duet between these two.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Star is Born recipe

If you're going to make this recipe, I recommend substituting the 6 average songs with 6 phenomenal songs. It'll taste better that way.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ape over Hello, Dolly!

Another shot comparing the Harmonia Gardens set in Hello, Dolly! and Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Barbra on Geraldo

I remember staying up late to watch this way back when. The interview can now be found on You-Tube.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Recycling Hello, Dolly!

How do you make a low-budget film look like a million bucks? Simple. Re-use the lavish Hello, Dolly! sets.
According to the Great Movie Musical Trivia Book by Jeff Kurti, the Harmonia Gardens set was redressed for another Twentieth Century-Fox movie, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. The restaurant set was converted to a house of worship (represented as the ruins of St. Patrick's Cathedral) for radiation-scarred mutants. At the top of the stairs, where Dolly had made her grand entrance, is an altar for an A bomb!
If you look closely at the railing on the left side you can see where it matches up.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Close Encounters of the Barbra Kind No. ???

More photos from the 2006 concert tour. Which one? Well, I have a bad habit of not documenting my photos so I'm not really sure. From the angle of these photos, I would say they are from the Philadelphia or D.C. concert.
Regardless of the city, enjoy!
(Full disclosure- I did a little photoshopping to wipe out the audience. But I didn't touch a single pixel on Barbra.)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Barbra at Annie

I would assume it was after this show that Barbra decided to record Tomorrow from Annie.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Barbra on Family Feud - 1976

100 people surveyed. Top 5 answers on the board. Here's the question: Who do you think is the greatest singer of all time?
Barbra's number 1 with us, but to the general public ("those people") she's number 4. Still not too shabby. She's in good company.
Amazingly, neither family said Barbra. They correctly guessed Elvis, Bing and Frank. But they also guessed Tony Bennett, John Denver, Julie London and Rudy Valle!
I had no idea who Enrico Caruso was. I had to look him up on the internet afterward.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Barbra- for only $6.00

Never did have a subscription to Rona Barrett's Gossip. I wished I had taken her up on this offer for the free gift. I had never seen that "brand-new exciting" Barbra book before. In fact, I don't think I've seen it listed on Ebay or anywhere else since. Probably wasn't much of a book to begin with. But for the fans that must have everything, this book must be hard to find now.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yentl filming locations Part 8

Haven't posted anything on Yentl locations since last summer, but I've still got a few shots left.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

All Night Long

The first time I saw All Night Long was in Bryan, Texas at the Manor East 3 theater. I went with Jaime, a college friend and fellow Barbra fan. For some reason I can't remember, we didn't see it the opening weekend, but either the first Monday or Tuesday after it's release. Needless to say, the theater wasn't crowded.

At the time it was hard to relate to Gene Hackman's character since I was in my early '20s. Now, well, that's another story (I'm a little closer to the character). An odd movie to say the least. It just didn't feel like a Barbra movie.

But I didn't dispair. Even before this movie was released, we were hearing rumors about a new movie she wanted to make.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

DIY Nose Job

Rather tasteless cartoon, but it made me laugh.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Barbra chain letter

This was a letter sent to my boss back in 1996 (I removed some parts for privacy issues). It seems to be a chain letter and somewhere in the chain Barbra's name appears. Wonder if she kept the chain going. Probably didn't even reach her.
But what if it did? Who would she have sent the letter to back in 1995 when she recieved it? Donna Karan for sure. The Bergmans no doubt. Maybe Bill Clinton? Who was she dating back then, Agassi? She would probably put the bite on Sony and her manager. That leaves 4 more. Any suggestions?
And just how close was Mary Ellen Zemeckis to Barbra when she can't even spell her name correctly?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Way We Were filming locations - Part 4

Another shot from the backlot of Warner Brothers studios.