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By Frank Rich | February 13, 1995
IF YOU WANT to understand how obsessive Barbra Streisand is, consider her own account of her behavior Sunday night. At home in New York and upset by the loud volume of the commercials punctuating the television premiere of "The Prince of Tides," she called the NBC switchboard, demanded to speak to the engineer in charge and, in crack studio lingo, instructed him to "take it down two db's."Though the engineer never questioned the caller's identity, he did express fear he might be fired if he heeded her request.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
The happy convergence of Midweek Madness time with Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday means a little levity is in order. I always did have a soft spot for every moment of "Color Me Barbra," because it was the first Streisand album I owned and the beginning of a life-long, unrequited romance. The TV special that generated that album includes this comic gem -- a harried Marie Antoinette getting a hurried last song in.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 27, 1994
In a strange way, the worst thing about Barbra Streisand's new live album, "Barbra -- The Concert" (Columbia 66109, two CDs), is that it's exactly like the shows she did on her recent tour.Now, considering how well-sung and ingeniously staged those shows were, that may seem an odd thing to complain about. It isn't often, after all, that people pay as much as $300 a ticket and come away feeling as if they got a bargain. So what could possibly be wrong with getting the same experience at a tenth of the price?
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | April 26, 2009
For years, part of the mystique surrounding Barbra Streisand was the rarity of her public performances. Those lucky enough to have seen her in smoky nightclubs in the early 1960s, when she was the gangly "kook" wearing thrift shop anti-couture, or to have caught her historic Central Park concert in 1967, when she was on the verge of her film career, could only dream about another live encounter with the Brooklyn-born "actress who sings" (her early self-description)....
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By Vida Roberts | May 12, 1994
Those Barbra Streisand fans who couldn't make it to Tuesday's or tonight's concert at the USAir Arena can buy into the legend at the "Barbra Boutiques" exclusive to Bloomingdale's at Tysons Corner and White Flint.La Streisand has created a range of collectibles and fashion statements including an official concert tour jacket. The baseball-style jacket with wool body and leather sleeves features the Streisand crest, as befitting the reigning queen of this summer's tour circuit. It sells for $400, a lot less than some fans paid for a ticket.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | November 11, 1997
They were the best of intentions; they were the worst of intentions.RTC Stirred by the music she heard at the memorial service for President Clinton's mother, Barbra Streisand began work on "Higher Ground" (Columbia 66181, arriving in stores today), an album of inspirational songs.As she says in the liner notes, her hope was to fill her listeners' souls "with the breath of life and faith," and so gives voice to the likes of "I Believe" and "The Water Is Wide."But as much as Streisand may want to pay tribute to a higher power, she can't help glorying in her own musical magnificence.
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December 12, 2005
Great Performances (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT Channels 22, 67) offers the 1965 special My Name is Barbra featuring, of course, Ms. Streisand.
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By Newsday | January 8, 1996
If you are a Barbra Streisand fan, you might want to drop into a new spot dedicated to the great diva.It's called "Hello Gorgeous!" and opens this spring in San Francisco. For those shameless Barbraholics, there will be such items as discounted concert merchandise, original candid photos, Barbra clocks, key chains and buttons, original artwork, rare recordings and promotional cassettes, and clippings and magazines spanning her three-decades-plus career.No word on whether or not Ms. Streisand -- always sensitive to exploitation -- is getting a cut of all this commercial adulation.
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By Howard Cohen and Howard Cohen,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 6, 2005
This optimistically titled CD - were you really hungering for a duets album by Kenny G and, if so, do you have a life? - is a bit of a surprise. It works. Sometimes. Yes, your finger will work your CD's skip button when Richard Marx and the smooth jazz saxophonist take on Elton John's depressing "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" or the overrated Yolanda Adams warbles R. Kelly's anthem "I Believe I Can Fly." LeAnn Rimes sings well, but she's given Bryan Adams' sickening "(Everything I Do)
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By Knight-Ridder | January 2, 1992
Mike Wallace interviewing Barbra Streisand for "60 Minutes?" What's going on here?What's going on is the annual, year-end run for the Oscars, with TV providing the most crucial helping.The Oscar speculation is especially thick on TV's morning circuit.This year, "Today" is the show of choice among Hollywood's elite. Some days, three movies were discussed in one show. It devoted five segments each to "Hook," "JFK," "Bugsy" and "The Prince of Tides," including a three-part interview with "Tides" star-director Streisand.
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May 10, 2007
MARY I. BARBRA MARTINO, 86, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Mrs. Martino was a beautician in the Baltimore area for many years. She was the widow of A. Philip Martino. She is survived by her son, Ron Barbra and wife Debbie of Virginia Beach, VA; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and four brothers. Graveside service will be conducted at 11am on Friday, May 11 at Gardens of Faith Cemetery, Baltimore, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church, 804 Gammon Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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By BROOKE NEVILS | October 12, 2006
The movie star and highest-selling female recording artist of all time will perform tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Washington's Verizon Center. The only artist to have received Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace and Peabody Awards, Streisand is sharing the stage with international opera sensation Il Divo. The Verizon Center is at 601 F St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $100-$735, and are available by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,sun music critic | October 6, 2006
"It pays not to tour for a while," Barbra Streisand quipped after being hit with the first roar of an eager 16,000 fans packed into the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia Wednesday night, the start of a 16-city North American tour that reaches Washington next week. Never mind that folks paid hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in 2000 to catch what was billed as her final public concert performances. Legends have every right to change their minds.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | April 5, 2006
You're sitting at a cocktail bar, halfway through a something-tini and starting to feel a little silly. The rest of your group has yet to arrive, and you need some nosh ASAP, before your beverage bowls you over. Peanuts? Crackers? That's so pedestrian. You need a swankier snack to complement your cocktail. As the list of specialty libations grows, restaurants and caterers are coming up with high-end finger foods to match the new strong flavors - just as they have long recommended wines to pair with dinner.
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December 12, 2005
Great Performances (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT Channels 22, 67) offers the 1965 special My Name is Barbra featuring, of course, Ms. Streisand.
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By TIM SITH and TIM SITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 4, 2005
Forty years ago, a force of nature struck unsuspecting TV screens across the country, very subtly at first - an off-camera, almost girlish voice softly singing a brief, angular melody that ended with four simple words: "My name is Barbra." Although a certifiable star - she had already made the cover of Time and Life, garnered two Grammys and conquered Broadway in Funny Girl - Barbra Streisand stepped all the way into the brightest, widest limelight once anointed by network television with her own special.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | December 16, 1992
Barbra Streisand has joined Madonna and Michael Jackson in the biggest bucks brigade by signing a $60 million movie and record deal with Sony Corp., New York Newsday reported yesterday.The paper said the entertainer will get about $3 million for each movie she directs and $5 million for each album she produces over 10 years. She'll also get a $4 million advance for each film she appears in, plus an additional $1 million when she produces them. Neither Sony nor Miss Streisand would discuss the deal.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 18, 1991
W.D. Richter directed his first film seven years ago. It was ''The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai,'' a movie that went on to become a cult hit. Young people, year after year, have found it amusing. A fantasy comedy, it apparently speaks to them. It is very popular on campuses.''Buckaroo Banzai'' was also the last film Richter directed, so what happened to those seven years between ''Banzai'' and ''Late for Dinner,'' Richter's second film as a director, which opens Friday?''People keep sending me scripts, but they are all formula, and I want to stay away from that,'' he said.
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By Howard Cohen and Howard Cohen,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE | January 6, 2005
This optimistically titled CD - were you really hungering for a duets album by Kenny G and, if so, do you have a life? - is a bit of a surprise. It works. Sometimes. Yes, your finger will work your CD's skip button when Richard Marx and the smooth jazz saxophonist take on Elton John's depressing "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" or the overrated Yolanda Adams warbles R. Kelly's anthem "I Believe I Can Fly." LeAnn Rimes sings well, but she's given Bryan Adams' sickening "(Everything I Do)
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By Mary McNamara and By Mary McNamara,Special to the Sun | August 4, 2002
MALIBU, Calif. -- It isn't Graceland. They tell you that right up front. The folks who run the Ramirez Canyon Park, formerly the Barbra Streisand Center for Conservancy Studies, formerly the Barbra Streisand Malibu estate, are sick of the Graceland comparisons, and they want everyone to know that this is not a tourist attraction in the traditional sense. No tram ride, no gift shop (although there are a few pine cones and postcards for sale), no snack bar (although the admission price includes a very nice tea)
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