Never-Before-Seen Photos of Barbra Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood
"When I met Barbra," says Schiller, "she looked like the CEO of a company greeting a new employee. I don't know if she liked me or not, but I wasn't fired at the end of the first week."
"He's incredible," the singer told Screen and TV Album magazine of young Jason (here, in 1969; he's now 47 and a singer like his mother), her son with then-husband Elliot Gould. "The only real contribution I will ever make to this world."
It was Streisand's idea to sing to Jason during this 1967 shoot in Beverly Hills. "You just see all of this feeling for her son. She's always had a strong relationship with Jason," says Schapiro. "You felt this real warmth from her. It was a very, very sweet family day."
A GLOBAL SENSATION
"Barbra really got along well with the Maasai," says Schapiro, who traveled with her to Kenya to shoot 1972's Up the Sandbox. "She tended to wear a lot of clothes that she got from the women in the tribe. She felt a real sense of camaraderie with them."
"I didn't ask them to pose that way, it just happened," says Schapiro of photographing Streisand and Robert Redford on the set of 1973's The Way We Were. "I've worked on films where you've sensed that there’s no connection between the two leads. But Barbra and Robert had chemistry."
The sheer Scaasi evening pantsuit Streisand wore when she won Best Actress for Funny Girl in 1969 "was lined with a very thin fabric that clung to her skin," Schiller says. "It wasn't really her raw body underneath, but it gave you that impression."
Flying with Barbra, "there was no hierarchy – everybody was together," says Schiller, who shot her with her dog Sadie in 1969. "You could just sit down across from her and take her picture. It wasn't like today where you have handlers and PR people."
A STAR IS BORN
"It's very beautiful," Streisand (photographed in 1969 for a LIFE essay that never ran) says of the book (which – priced at $750 – is meant for die-hard fans).
Here, Streisand prepares to sing from the bathtub on the set of Funny Girl. "She wasn't nervous at all," says Schapiro.
"Usually, I'm more nervous than the actors," says Schapiro, "but Barbra made me feel comfortable."
"What was amazing was how flawless her voice was," Schapiro says of Streisand (photographed performing "My Man" on the set of Funny Girl in 1967) in the book. "People were just mesmerized by her singing."
Streisand "was a real trendsetter," Schiller says in the book. "She showed the confidence that said, 'I can be in Vogue, I can be in Harper's Bazaar, I can be where any top model or star can be because of who I am."
The singer dazzled in a white turban as the flirtatious Melinda in 1970's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. "It was inspired," costume designer Cecil Beaton later said of the look. "At the same time, she was totally feminine, beguiling, shamelessly sexual."