Forty years after her first landmark TV special, My Name is Barbra, the singer is releasing Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials, a DVD collection of her most memorable TV moments. Streisand, 63, took a break from gardening at her Malibu home to talk to K.C. Baker about the Emmy Award-winning specials (even at age 23, she had full creative control), hubby James Brolin, 65, and returning to the public eye.
“I’m proud of them. They should have been released a long, long time ago.”
What was it like watching the old footage?
“To tell you the truth, I didn’t look at them. I know them. And I never look at my work again.”
What did your husband think?
“He remembered me [in them]. He was impressed with me during A Happening in Central Park. He said, ‘Not by what you sang, but what you said.’ ”
Does he like your movies?
“I tried to show him Nuts once and he fell asleep. Then when he saw it on a plane or on the television, he said, ‘God, that movie was good.’ It’s funny with us. I never saw Marcus Welby or Hotel. We’re not into each other in terms of our work.”
What’s next for you?
“I’m looking for something to direct, but not be in. I may do a few [concert] dates somewhere. And I’m building a new house. It’s an elegant barn and it’s driving me crazy. I might have to go to work to avoid the stress here!”