Barbra Turned Down Cabaret, Klute, and Julia

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I was uptown last night when Barbra Streisand arrived to be honored with her Film Society of Lincoln Center's "Chaplin" award, and she and hubby Brolin looked like buttah.

Also lovely was this New York Times piece yesterday, in which the greatest star answered readers' questions with her usual plucky aplomb. She said she still plans to play Momma Rose. She explained that she'd love to do Broadway if she could do just four performances a week. And she revealed which parts she regrets rejecting throughout her career.

Babs said she turned down three biggies--Cabaret, Klute, and Julia--but says they were offered before the incredible directors that ended up doing them were attached.

Well, if she'd done Klute (1971), it would have been her second prostie role in a row. (Owl and the Pussycat was in 1970), so maybe it's good she branched out. And later, she got to be a call girl inNuts too!

Bonus rejection tidbit: In the show I'll Eat You Last, Bette Midler's character--superagent Sue Mengers--says Streisand turned down The Exorcist as well. I bet she prefers borscht to split pea soup. (So do I)


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neorealist
neorealist

Barbara strikes me as a little too thin skinned and prudish to have taken on heavy films like Klute and Julia.

suzinne751
suzinne751

Barbra's a superior talent, but she's so ridiculously affected and self involved I just can't love her like I used to.  Barbra was born with incredible comic ability.  But now that she's AN ARTIST, that's all fallen by the way side.  

williamHK
williamHK

@suzinne751 The comment about the shade of black and flying to Amsterdam to see the Rembradt painting was ridiculous!  She really didn't sound good singing at the Oscars either.  Didn't like her outfit, either, she needs to drop Donna K.

williamHK
williamHK

Jane Fonda is really kind of campy in "Klute" - she's really too prep school to play a hooker.  Just the way she answers the phone "Bree Daniel" is funny because of her polished Emma Willard voice.

webcfm
webcfm

I was reading Ms Streisand's bio on IMDB last night, and it seems she also turned down the lead in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

meiguobaba
meiguobaba

I concur with MSpeer! She never could have handled the demands of the role in Klute, and she's just plain wrong for Sally Bowles. I know Ms. Streisand considers herself a serious actress, but after seeing all but two of her films, I do not.

MSpeer
MSpeer

I think Streisand is great but with all due respect thank God she turned those roles down.

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