Too bad they didn't make it a double feature of The Way We Were and A Touch of Class. The audience could compare performances side by side and decide for themselves who the best actress is. It's still hard to believe Glenda Jackson won over Barbra.
Our New Braunfels High School newspaper, The Horn and Hoof, did a student survey back in January 1979 on movie favorites. The survey was hardly scientific, especially when you consider Barbra Streisand was THIRD favorite actress! Sally Field must have been still riding on the popularity of Smokey and The Bandit from 2 years earlier and Olivia Newton-John from Grease the previous year. (of course, Barbra was still riding on the popularity of A Star is Born from 3 years prior).
Back in my college years at Texas A&M, in one of my manual drafting classes we had an exercise practicing hand lettering! This particular skill became useless a few years later when computer drafting became the new standard. Anyway, we could write about anything we wanted using an "architectural style" with all the lettering consistant. Well I whipped out my Barbra: The First Decade book and wrote out the film synoposis of What's Up, Doc?
I had the good fortune of seeing Barbra a number of times during the 2006 tour. However, I haven't done a very good job of keeping my photos from the different concerts straight. (and I don't think I've published these photos yet). If I'm not mistaken, these are from the Philadelphia concert.
The book Movies on TV (1978-79 Revised Edition) has an amusing, dated preface. They talk about today's college students having grown up with TV, the ever growing development of pay and cable TV and the bland, violent offerings on network television. But fear not, you can also watch a Barbra movie on TV.
So far the reviews of Barbra's movies in the book Movies on TV have been quite positive (more positive than I would have given some). And then there's A Star is Born, one of my top 5 favorites. Clearly, it's not one of theirs. Quite nasty review.