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Barbra Streisand, in an interview with Mike Wallace, says that the long hiatus she took in her concert career--all through the 1970s--came as the result of a kind of trauma she suffered toward the end of a show she did in New York of 1967, the "Happening in Central Park". Well, as it 'happened', on that same evening and/or day, she says some riots had broken out elsewhere in the city and the contingent of cops that had been assigned to afford security for her vis a vis a crowd of 150,000 had been drastically reduced. She says that by the end of the concert, she'd become so rattled from a growing sense of vulnerability, that she was forgetting the lyrics to the last couple of songs--something she says she would have just taken in stride, turned to a joke in a smaller venue. Here, she says, she just froze, and never wanted to go through that again.

 

Oddly enough, among Streisand fans that concert is beloved, often as not, more than any other. We'll see, when it comes for our weekend from NetFlix. She was on Top of the World then, she knows it, doesn't mind showing it, and to my sight, she just couldn't look more the very most sparkling image of New York City Class . . .

 

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Barbra Streisand, in an interview with Mike Wallace, says that the long hiatus she took in her concert career--all through the 1970s--came as the result of a kind of trauma she suffered toward the end of a show she did in New York of 1967, the "Happening in Central Park". Well, as it 'happened', on that same evening and/or day, she says some riots had broken out elsewhere in the city and the contingent of cops that had been assigned to afford security for her vis a vis a crowd of 150,000 had been drastically reduced. She says that by the end of the concert, she'd become so rattled from a growing sense of vulnerability, that she was forgetting the lyrics to the last couple of songs--something she says she would have just taken in stride, turned to a joke in a smaller venue. Here, she says, she just froze, and never wanted to go through that again.

 

Oddly enough, among Streisand fans that concert is beloved, often as not, more than any other. We'll see, when it comes for our weekend from NetFlix. She was on Top of the World then, she knows it, doesn't mind showing it, and to my sight, she just couldn't look more the very most sparkling image of New York City Class . . .

 

 

 

 

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As a sidelight, on the Streisand post, I now come to discover that in her introduction to the DVD, she recalls not a "riot" going on robbing her of her cops, but a visit of Soviet Premier Kosygin to the UN.  After many a year, we watched Prince of Tides again tonight, a movie I pretty much despised first time through. Seeing that the author of the novel (and of The Great Santini) Pat Conroy shares credit with another screenwriter, maybe that's how "Lowenstein" the Streisand character winds up looking like rather an unbeautiful, man castrating shrew through most of the first act. But as the plot moves along, somehow that aspect of her character disappears, and she's nearly as likable as she was in the character created by playwright, Bill Manhoff (with Buck Henry on the movie script) for The Owl and the Pussycat, which remains my favorite Streisand performance in a film, ever. Vincent Canby of the NY Times could not have been more all wet (or shall we just say square) for his take on this one. Barbra has never been prettier or more adorable than she is in that role. Is she a pretty girl? Yes, and no.  Because as her character "Doris" in Pussycat explains, it's a kind of black magic, that allows for a girl who isn't particularly pretty but who feels pretty to be pretty.

 

 

 

This is author, Pat Conroy confessing to a Southern audience that both the Great Santini and Prince of Tides are stories about his own family. It's hilarious, and heartwarming and outrageous . . .

 

 

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