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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

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Starring: Barbra Streisand

Transcript

00:03
My name is Barbra Joan Streisand.
00:05
Soft S.
00:08
Sand on the beach.
00:09
I think the first job, Broadway show that
00:12
I auditioned for was called
00:14
I Can It For You Wholesale.
00:16
Since it was a 1930s show about the garment district,
00:21
I went to the thrift shop,
00:22
and a bought a $10 karakul coat,
00:25
the most beautiful color,
00:27
like the color of honey,
00:28
with fox at the bottom.
00:31
And the most beautiful part about it was the lining.
00:35
The lining was embroidered with chenille threads
00:39
with a basket of flowers.
00:41
Who does that today?
00:42
I was auditioning for the part of an ingenue.
00:47
I wasn't right for the ingenue part, obviously,
00:49
but there was a part for an older secretary,
00:51
and I was too young for that because I was 19.
00:54
And so, they rewrote it for me
00:57
to make her a younger secretary.
00:59
And I remember coming in and saying,
01:02
I'd like to do the audition singing
01:04
the song sitting in a chair.
01:07
For two reasons,
01:08
one because I was nervous,
01:10
and two because I thought it would be funny
01:12
to roll around in a secretarial chair
01:15
while I sang the song.
01:16
And I did get the part.
01:18
But after a while, I really didn't like
01:21
having to do eight shows a week.
01:23
That's why I've always wanted to be in the movies
01:26
because I thought once you get the scene right,
01:28
you never have to do it again.
01:30
And then, you could go to your own opening night.
01:34
Which you can never do when you're on the stage.
01:36
I liked doing Funny Girl, but not a thousand times.
01:39
Literally, I had to play it a thousand times.
01:42
And since I'm a kind of anal retentive perfectionist,
01:47
you know, I would give notes after every performance.
01:50
Even the last night.
01:52
(woman laughing)
01:54
Because I couldn't stand if the flowers,
01:58
if the silk flowers had too much dust on them.
02:01
I would get disconcerted with the fact
02:04
that they should look as fresh
02:06
as they could possibly be, you know.
02:08
I used to read movie magazines as a kid
02:11
with a pint of Breyers coffee ice cream.
02:15
That was like heaven for me.
02:17
Movie magazines and Breyers ice cream, you know.
02:21
Marlon Brando was my favorite.
02:23
Since I was 13,
02:25
and saw him in Guys and Dolls.
02:27
I didn't sing for 27 years
02:30
because of stage fright.
02:31
When I did, I used the scene from Guys and Dolls
02:36
with Marlon and Jean Simmons.
02:39
Only I made myself like a character to replace her.
02:45
So I could sing the song.
02:47
He was my biggest crush.
02:49
My idol.
02:50
Somebody who was such a brilliant actor,
02:53
and so beautiful.
02:55
Oh my God.