By People Staff
December 28, 1998 12:00 PM

The pickup truck—a 1998 burgundy GMC—recently arrived at her Malibu compound. And thus continues the sweetly inexplicable love story of down-to-earth James Brolin and the superstar who became his wife, Barbra Streisand. She of the perfect manicure and Donna Karan gowns perched in a pickup? You betcha. “With a bench seat,” Brolin, 58, predicted four months before their July 1 wedding. “So we can drive around like in high school and go to the movies sitting real close.”

They’ll have to search hard for a drive-in (or build one themselves). But clearly, Streisand, 56, believes that in the star of the syndicated Pensacola: Wings of Gold, she has found what she has so often sung about but somehow missed in a string of high-profile romances with the likes of Don Johnson and producer Jon Peters (her only other marriage, to Elliott Gould, ended in 1971). Brolin, the twice-divorced father of three, is “calm and meditative,” says the singer’s longtime friend Marge Tabankin. “She’s drawn to his peacefulness.”

Make that drawn to the silver-haired 6’4″ hunk, period. Like besotted teens, the pair still exchange passionate kisses in public. While Brolin seeks a U.S. distributor for My Brother’s War, a thriller he directed in Ireland, the veteran TV star, reportedly worth some $2 million a year in his own right, has signed a new contract as spokesman for AAMCO. (Rumors that he was urged to ditch the pitches by his elegant wife, whose wealth exceeds $100 million, are untrue.) Since a late-summer tour of the Greek isles, the couple are often seen at restaurants in Newport Beach and Malibu. “People mostly leave them alone,” says Brolin’s brother Brian Bruderlin. “Most would be amazed by how normal they are.” Hmmm. How so? “Not too long ago,” Bruderlin relates, “they told me of how she came out of the bathroom at 2 a.m. in her negligee and he was surfing the Internet, and she didn’t seem to mind. I think that qualifies her as the most tolerant woman in the world, and I think Jim would agree. He feels lucky to have found her.”