Barbra Streisand’s Biggest Crush of All Time Was on Marlon Brando
The legendary actress and singer Barbra Streisand, who reflects on how she became a movie star, her crippling stage fright, and, of course, her cinematic crush.
Released on 11/17/2016
My name is Barbra Joan Streisand.
Sand on the beach.
I think the first job, Broadway show that
I auditioned for was called
I Can It For You Wholesale.
Since it was a 1930s show about the garment district,
I went to the thrift shop,
and a bought a $10 karakul coat,
the most beautiful color,
like the color of honey,
with fox at the bottom.
And the most beautiful part about it was the lining.
The lining was embroidered with chenille threads
with a basket of flowers.
Who does that today?
I was auditioning for the part of an ingenue.
I wasn't right for the ingenue part, obviously,
but there was a part for an older secretary,
and I was too young for that because I was 19.
And so, they rewrote it for me
to make her a younger secretary.
And I remember coming in and saying,
I'd like to do the audition singing
the song sitting in a chair.
For two reasons,
one because I was nervous,
and two because I thought it would be funny
to roll around in a secretarial chair
while I sang the song.
And I did get the part.
But after a while, I really didn't like
having to do eight shows a week.
That's why I've always wanted to be in the movies
because I thought once you get the scene right,
you never have to do it again.
And then, you could go to your own opening night.
Which you can never do when you're on the stage.
I liked doing Funny Girl, but not a thousand times.
Literally, I had to play it a thousand times.
And since I'm a kind of anal retentive perfectionist,
you know, I would give notes after every performance.
Even the last night.
Because I couldn't stand if the flowers,
if the silk flowers had too much dust on them.
I would get disconcerted with the fact
that they should look as fresh
as they could possibly be, you know.
I used to read movie magazines as a kid
with a pint of Breyers coffee ice cream.
That was like heaven for me.
Movie magazines and Breyers ice cream, you know.
Marlon Brando was my favorite.
Since I was 13,
and saw him in Guys and Dolls.
I didn't sing for 27 years
because of stage fright.
When I did, I used the scene from Guys and Dolls
with Marlon and Jean Simmons.
Only I made myself like a character to replace her.
So I could sing the song.
He was my biggest crush.
Somebody who was such a brilliant actor,
and so beautiful.
Oh my God.