BBC: Jonathan Ross interviews Barbra Streisand

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The much-billed Barbwa and Wossy interview hit BBC1 this evening and the smooth-talker certainly had his work cut out in drawing out stories from the megastar and mega-talented Streisand as she sat in on her first British TV interview at 67. I was never much of a fan of her music – or so I thought – but loved seeing her in such films as Meet The Fockers and way back to The Way We Were.

And then the Beeb played a clip from A Star Is Born where she sings the last few bars of Evergreen with Kris Kristofferson in a studio scene from the film. It was simply beautiful – and so followed a quick trip to iTunes to snaffle the signature track along with Guilty (duetting with Barry Gibb) and Woman In Love. It made me realise how much I had enjoyed her singing without possibly knowing it. I suspect the interview generated a rush on iTunes for Barbra’s back catalogue as a number of albums were unavailable on hitting the download button. Pity.

Streisand is notoriously camera-shy and she seemed a tad quiet but otherwise relaxed as Ross strained to get her to chat about her career in film and music, plus her private life (I did not know she has been married to James Brolin for 13 years). The tunes at the end of the show were charming but not my cup of tea – moving me at least to download a few choice oldies. But….what a lovely lady !

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