How Difficult Is Streisand To Interview? Larry King Speaks

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In his book Truth Be Told, Larry King gives some very generous advice to his replacement (who turned out to be Piers Morgan):

"If you're ever going to interview Barbra Streisand," writes Larry, "do it live.

"At least then you'll know when you're going to start."

Larry learned his lesson years ago when he set up a taped interview with the superstar at the Plaza.

He says the diva tried on different dresses for hours, obsessively checking out how they looked in the mirror and on camera before finally deciding on one.

He adds: "This is a woman who once taped 12 versions of 'Happy Birthday' for Frank Sinatra. I mean, come on, it's 'Happy Birthday'!"

Yeah, but Babs sings it like it was "Evergreen."

Anyway, Larry and Barbra were finally about to start the interview ("10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . .") when Barbra yelled, "Hold it!"

Something was terribly wrong.

She had noticed that there were flowers in the shot. Yellow flowers. She didn't feel that yellow was quite the right color.

Says Larry, "The only way to keep your sanity is to play along."

So he pounded the desk and started yelling, "Who the hell brought these yellow flowers?"

"She drove me nuts," he concludes, elegantly.

But then he considered Barbra's famed argument that there's a disparity in the way we treat aggressively professional men and women in the spotlight, and that "a man is commanding; a woman is demanding."

And he feels she's a great guest who's worth the wait.

Yeah, yeah yeah, but note to Piers Morgan: Any color flowers you want is fine with me.

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MarkyMark
MarkyMark

And don't forget that when she appeared on Oprah, she had the microphones painted white, to Oprah's annoyance. That picture is a great advert for Photoshop. 

latenitebump
latenitebump

i can´t believe she´s 70. HOLD IT! let her bitch!

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

Larry King just doesn't get it. She's not doing it for herself, much less for him. She's doing it for us, her fans unto eternity. And by ragging on her in a manner so uncharacteristically ungentlemanly of him, he's made himself officially an EBF (enemy of Babs' fans). You're toast, Larrykins.

Midgie
Midgie

She's been bitching since she was 2 weeks old.

Whomps
Whomps

The problem is Barbra's always a director. She can never just be "singer," "actress," or "interview subject." She starts dictating every detail around her. She'd find such joy if she ever just relaxed for a second and trusted other people. But that will never happen, so she will live out her life in torment (and tormenting others).

rolph
rolph

Not surprised to hear that she's a nightmare. 

billyjoe
billyjoe

Yeah, sounds like she'd be perfectly cast as Mama "You ain't getting no white microphones from me" Rose.

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