Surprise! It’s not slumming in the Fockers franchise. Iconic entertainer Barbra Streisand says that, besides the lack of attention given her 1972 box office flop Up The Sandbox, she regrets turning down roles that garnered Oscar attention for her pals Jane Fonda and Liza Minnelli.
The star, who won an Academy Award as best actress for her film debut in Funny Girl, answers fan questions submitted by the New York Times in advance of receiving the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement today. Besides lots of chatter about Yentl and confirmation that she still intends to star in Gypsy, Streisand says she wishes she’d have starred in Cabaret, Klute, and Julia saying she was offered the films before they had directors attached.
“If I had known that the directors were going to be Bob Fosse, Alan J. Pakula and Fred Zinnemann, I would have said yes immediately,” Streisand offers, before magnanimously adding, “But I’m glad my girlfriends Liza Minnelli and Jane Fonda delivered such strong performances.”
The legendary singer-actress, so often portrayed by the media as taking herself and her career much too seriously, reveals that she was flattered, not insulted, that her name inspired the silly Duck Sauce dance hit in 2010.
Streisand, who was scheduled to present GLAAD’s Advocate for Change award to her buddy Bill Clinton Saturday but was a last minute-no show, demonstrates she still has a fondness for politicos. Asked for half a dozen notables she’d break bread with at a fantasy dinner party, she names two former presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, plus famed physicist Albert Einstein, as well as artists Edward Hopper and Gustav Klimt. To keep dinner conversation from being too stuffy, Streisand would also offer a nosh to Fanny Brice, the funny lady she portrayed in the musical that launched her to superstardom.