Robert Redford & Barbra Streisand Reunite; We Get Nostalgic with The Way We Were Photos
At Monday night's Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award gala in N.Y.C., Robert Redford, 78, was honored by one very special guest: The Way We Were costar Barbra Streisand, 73. Though it's been 42 years since their dramatic romance hit theaters, "I'd like to say, 'Dear Bob, it was such fun being married to you for a while.' " And for us, it's such fun to take a look back at iconic stills from the classic film …
The 1973 movie, which took in $45 million worldwide, centered on Katie Morosky (Streisand, then 31) and Hubbell Gardner (Redford, then 36), two college students from different religious backgrounds with opposite views on life – but a deep interest in one another.
"I wanted [Redford] desperately for the part of Hubbell, but he turned it down because he thought the character was too one-dimensional," Streisand told the crowd Monday night. "He was someone who excited me – someone I knew I could act and interact with."
The film sparked a flurry of quotable one-liners, including, "What kind of pie?" (Hubbell) and "Your girl is lovely, Hubbell" (Katie).
Before presenting Redford with his award on Monday night, Streisand brushed a lock of blond hair from his forehead – just as she did in the film. The move left the audience cheering (and some fans crying, too).
Another memorable element of the film? "The Way We Were" – the movie's hit theme song, performed by Streisand herself.
"I guess he thought I was kind of exotic," Brooklyn-born Streisand told the crowd Monday night. "But he was the exotic one to me because he grew up in sunny California. Did he surf? Fish? Go into the ocean after eating? They were all the things my mother told me would kill me."
One time, while shooting scenes in Malibu, Redford offered to take his costar out on his motorcycle. He knew she "wasn't your motorcycle type of gal," but "I wasn't scared at all because I did feel safe with him, perfectly safe – the same way I did every day on the set," the actress said.
"We made something that will last much longer than many real marriages," Streisand said Monday. "I am so proud of the work we did together. I was thrilled to be your leading lady then, and I am honored to present this award to you now."