Barbra Streisand Met Her Husband on a Blind Date
In an intimate interview with Lynn Hirschberg, W's December cover star Barbra Streisand shares the charming story behind how she met her husband, remembers what she wore to win her first Oscar, and the story behind her first kiss.
Released on 11/18/2016
When I began to direct movies and the last one I did
was called The Mirror Has Two Faces, one of the reasons
I took that job was because she got the guy at the end
and I thought, I've been alone too long.
I think I'll do this movie where she gets
the guy at the end.
And then I got the guy at the end, my husband. (laughs)
We met through a blind date, my husband and I.
My friend set us up and I walked in
and I thought I was going to meet the guy from Hotel
with a brown beard and thick brown, curly hair
like a mountain man.
I walked in and he had all his hair cut off,
so he had like a bullet head with stubble on it.
And no beard and I thought, Huh?
I touched his hair and I said, well I'm making it cleaner
for this video, but, Who screwed up your hair?
And he said that's when he fell in love with me
because somebody told him the truth, you know?
So my fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.
My first kiss was, I think I was about five
to Irving Borookow on Polaski Street in Williamsburg
when it wasn't Williamsburg.
Yeah, he was my first boyfriend.
We actually keep in touch.
We invite him to my concerts every time I do them,
which is rarely, but he's still alive.
And his mother used to take care of me after school.
Toby Borookow, she was a knitting lady
and so she would knit me little things
for my hot water bottle doll because I didn't have a doll.
And she knit me a little pink hat
and a pink sweater for the hot water bottle.
I loved the fact that we didn't have any money.
I loved the fact that one has to use
one's own imagination to have toys or whatever.
The terrible thing about that first Oscar that I won
was in my dressing room, I was choosing
between two different outfits.
One had my hair parted in the middle
with a top kind of antique looking updo
and the dress was very conservative, but lovely.
I mean, it was black, all black and pleats
and a black satin ribbon under here
and I had this fantastic organza cape with a hood,
like something out of The French Lieutenant's Woman.
And I really loved that and yet Arnold Scaasi designed
that pantsuit with the plastic whatever they were,
I had no idea that when the lights hit it
that it would become transparent.
And I wore my hair under the chin
because I thought to myself, I think I'm going
to win two Oscars in my lifetime
and I'll wear the other more conservative dress
the next time.
Isn't that funny?
I don't sing around the house or anything.
I never sing unless it's for a purpose
like fundraising or making a record or something like that.
Well, with me I either like very fine food
or very junkie food, meaning a great Nathan's hotdog
and french fries.
Remember those french fries from Coney Island?
They were great in a paper cup.
Or I like pomme de terre souffle
and steak Diane.
I'm sort of not in the middle, I'm either
one end of the spectrum or the other, you know?