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Barbra Streisand Celebrates Her 20-Year Marriage to James Brolin: ‘Happy Anniversary, Honey’

Woman in love!

Barbra Streisand shared a sweet message to her husband James Brolin as the couple celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday.

“Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_?” she wrote alongside a picture of the pair smiling together. “Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X.”

The legendary singer, 76, married the actor, 77, on July 1, 1998 — two years after the pair were set up on a blind date.

“I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven,” Streisand previously told W Magazine. I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”

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But Streisand has more than just an anniversary to be excited about these days — her stepson Josh Brolin and his wife Kathryn Boyd are expecting their first child together, a baby girl.

While stepping out to attend the premiere of Josh’s new film Sicario: Day of the Soldado last week, the family of four posed for a sweet photo together, which Streisand used a cropped version of in her anniversary message.

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James Brolin, Barbra Streisand, Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd

“My wife got her a bracelet that said ‘Grandma’ on it and she started crying,” Josh recently said of Streisand to PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly’s Editorial Director Jess Cagle for SiriusXM’s EW Radio Spotlight.

“She is one of those … it’s annoying but in a really great way, emails every day and like, ‘Hey, I thought of this name, what do you think of that? … When can I come over and feel the baby?’” remarked the actor, who is already a father to 28-year-old daughter Eden and 30-year-old son Trevor.

Continuing, he added, “She is really into it and I love that she is into it. I mean, it’s like very typical Jewish grandmother who is saturated by this event. It’s awesome.”

James Brolin opens up about Barbra Streisand

James Brolin thanks his lucky stars for his lasting relationship with Barbra Streisand. The stars tied the knot in 1998 and have successfully kept the spark alive, despite their hectic Hollywood careers.

James Brolin thanks his lucky stars for his lasting relationship with Barbra Streisand.

Brolin and Streisand tied the knot in 1998 and have successfully kept the spark alive, despite their hectic Hollywood careers.

“If you look at Cancer and Taurus – not that I’m into astrology, but I’ll click on that if I’m on the computer – almost every time, it says, ‘You guys are magic together,’” Brolin, 78, told Fox News. “‘You’re so opposite that you’re able to work it out.’ And that’s what a makes a great team.”

“I think we’re both very opposite and very good negotiators,” chuckled Brolin. “She sees a color that’s one shade and I say, ‘No, it’s another color.’ And then we are able to negotiate around it.”

James Brolin and his singer-actress wife Barbra Streisand, 74, share a tender moment during the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for Brolin. (Getty)

Brolin revealed that despite their busy schedules, which at times can keep them apart, they always find a way to come home to each other.

“We both long to come home to see each other and yet we both love to be in the mix of things at our age,” he explained. “We should be retired and on rocking chairs. But she is so intent on what she’s doing. As for me, I’m busy all the time. But we come home to each other. The evenings we’re always together. The days are just us running and holding our pants up.”

And Brolin has plenty of reasons to be thankful these days. He’s currently filming Season 4 of CBS’ hit sitcom “Life in Pieces.” He revealed it’s a relief to finally return to his comedic roots for television.

“I grew up in a real comedic family,” he shared. “It was constant joking. … I’m surprised no one has ever hired me for comedy because that’s what my private life has always been about… It’s a blessing to do this… Sharing this with a bunch of people who are kind of like family? It’s really just wonderful.”

However, the real surprise is that Brolin, who’s had a passion for filmmaking since he was 10, has gone on to lead a thriving career in front of cameras.

Despite his hesitations, fate was persistent.

“I was in a play in junior high school,” he recalled. “And I got so scared, I didn’t show up. I couldn’t even give book reports… People kept pushing me in front of the camera. And when I was 18, somebody stopped me and said, ‘Would you be interested in driving a Dodge pickup in a commercial?’ I did and suddenly, I’m in the actor’s union. Then an agent came to me… I was pretty shy about it all. Especially when I had to talk.

“Then I got an appointment at Fox Studio when I was 19 years old. And I was put under contract to do various jobs a week. I would dub other actors’ voices in movies. I would do walk-on parts. And they thought I may have a future. At that point, I was getting this money, way more money that I had been making parking cars on Restaurant Row.”

Brolin said he used his earnings to attend acting classes every night in hopes of improving his craft and boosting his self-esteem.

And there was also that major flub in front of James Stewart. Brolin made his motion picture debut in 1963’s “Take Her, She’s Mine” alongside the star and teen idol Sandra Dee. It was during his time on that set that Brolin realized he needed to hit the books if he wanted to survive.

“What excited me was just being in the same room with the man,” said Brolin on working alongside Stewart. “It was a real confidence booster. But there I was, with all this confidence and opportunity, and I couldn’t remember my lines in front of 100 people… I couldn’t remember anything… It really scared the heck out of me.

“That’s when I really buckled down and I started going to school, to workshop every night. I spent every single nickel on trying to educate myself and humiliate myself until it became status quo…. I just thought to myself, ‘I’m going to sit in this awful feeling and enjoy it.’ That went on for quite a few years.”

James Brolin and son Josh Brolin in 1983. (Getty)

Since that unfortunate mishap, Brolin has remained working. He’s starred in numerous feature films, including 1973’s “Westworld,” 1979’s “The Amityville Horror,” as well as 2000’s “Traffic.” He’s also directed two Hallmark Channel films, including “Royal Hearts” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” In addition, he’s currently developing to direct the true crime tale of Ruby McCollum, as well as producing the romantic comedy “Smooth Operator.”

And while his son, fellow actor Josh Brolin, was wary of pursuing the family business, the famous patriarch gave him some no-nonsense advice.

“He had a chance of taking an acting class, metal shop or woodshop,” said Brolin about his son’s high school days. “He had to take one of these classes in his senior year. He asked me and I said, ‘What are you asking me for? I thought you hated the whole idea.’ You know what it was? It was the backlash from kids and gangs around the school that would say, ‘Oh, so your dad is like a bigshot?’ And they’d want to fight. It’s as if Stallone walks into a bar and somebody wants to pick a fight with him.”

“I said, ‘If you take an acting class, it’s better than a psychology class. It will apply immediately what you learn. You will put yourself in the other guy’s shoes, look back at yourself, and really see where the conflict lies.’ He didn’t say anything. And the next thing I knew, he was in the school play. … He soon started doing workshops every night. … Then he was in ‘Goonies’ with Spielberg.’ Now he’s booked for the next three years. Otherwise, he’d be making metal bowls.”

American actor James Brolin astride a motorcycle, as Dr. Steven Kiley in the US television drama “Marcus Welby, MD” 1969. (Getty)

Still, fans have wondered if Brolin would take on one other challenge. During the early days of his career, Brolin starred in the TV series “Marcus Welby, M.D.” from 1969 until 1976. With so many classic shows recently getting the reboot treatment in Hollywood, some have wondered if “Marcus” would join the bandwagon.

The series, which starred Robert Young as the leading role, explored how Doctor Marcus Welby and his young assistant (Brolin) try to treat patients as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and uncaring physicians.

Brolin isn’t opposed to the idea.

“My manager keeps mentioning it,” he explained. “There’s so much nostalgic stuff being reshot now, I don’t know why we couldn’t do something. But to have a sweet doctor that everybody loves? I don’t know if that will work today. But to have an old guy like me riding motorcycles and maybe even having some Hell’s Angels buddies that he rides with on the weekends? You can go in several directions with this… It’s a possibility. I need a walker. Then I’ll do it!”

They’ve been happily married for over 20 years and, to this day, James Brolin and Barbra Streisand remain one of Hollywood’s happiest couples. So what’s the secret of their success? “We are the best of friends,” James, 78, gushed to Bella magazine in a recent interview. “A new marriage is a love affair, and then it becomes a friendship and a lot of people don’t realize how great that is. They question where their love affair went.”

The Amityville Horror star also revealed that he and Barbra, 76, sometimes turn to an outside mediator to resolve differences. “If couples need a referee to come in and sit down with them, they should do it,” James admitted. “You have to learn to smooth things out and be good negotiators with one another.”

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“Be kind to each other every minute, and if you’re not, figure out how you can be. Do something to make the people around you feel better than when they arrived,” he said. “That especially goes for your spouse.” James’ advice for a successful marriage is the foundation of his union with the “Woman in Love” singer.

Prior to their marriage, Barbra was hitched to actor Elliott Gould — with whom she shares 52-year-old son Jason Gould — from 1963 to 1971. James was also married to Jane Cameron Agee from 1966 to 1984 and then to Jan Smithers from 1986 to 1995. The Life in Pieces actor is a father to three kids: Josh Brolin, 50, Jess Brolin, 47, and Molly Brolin, 32.

Despite their past failed marriages, everything changed for Barbra and James when they met at a party in 1996. “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven,” she told W magazine in November 2016. “I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”

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The couple ended up tying the knot during a romantic ceremony at Barbra’s estate in Malibu in 1998. “I can’t tell you how lucky I am that this would happen to me so late in life,” James gushed at their nuptials, according to People. “Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can’t wait to see her again in the morning.”

When the lovebirds celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last year, Barbra couldn’t have been more proud. “Twenty years in Hollywood is like 50 years in Chicago, I always say,” she told Extra in August 2016. We love their love!

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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin are known as one of Hollywood’s biggest power couples. But before they got together more than two decades ago, the singer and the actor had been unlucky in love — and the story of how they ended up together is beyond sweet.

Both husband and wife had been married to others previously. Streisand was married to actor Eliot Gould from 1963 to 1971, and has one son, Jason from that marriage. Brolin was married twice before, first to Jane Cameron Agee, with whom he had two children, Josh (a high-profile actor in his own right) and Jess. He then married Jan Smithers, with whom he has a daughter, Molly. And before they met, Streisand had become comfortable with being single. “Without being in despair, I was finally liking my solitude,” she told People.

James Brolin, Barbra Streisand, and Josh Brolin pose on the red carpet together. Getty Images

Streisand and Brolin first met when they were set up at a party. “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven,” she told W magazine. “I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”

Brolin and Streisand at the premiere of The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996. Getty Images

Their first date was July 1, 1996, and it went so well that they talked until 3 a.m. and then fumbled while trying to decide whether to go in for the kiss. For Streisand’s part, she said it took “a couple of months” before she knew he was the one. And around that time, Brolin went to Ireland to direct My Brother’s War, so their relationship was often over the phone. By November, he had moved in with her.

Brolin and Streisand embrace as Brolin gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998. Getty Images

Some of the first people who knew Streisand and Brolin were getting married were fellow A-listers. People reported that John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Marlon Brando were kept waiting at a dinner party because Streisand was meeting the rabbi who was set to marry them. “After her mother, Kelly and I were the first to know the big news,” Travolta told the magazine. “We got misty-eyed, then thrilled that we were in on it so quickly. But Barbra asked us to keep it a secret.”

An overhead view of Streisand’s estate, showing the tent set up for their wedding. Getty Images

The two were married in 1998 at Streisand’s estate in Malibu, California. She wore a crystal beaded Donna Karan gown with a 15-foot veil. The wedding date, July 1, was the second anniversary of their first date. And in classic, fabulous diva style, according to the New York Daily News, Streisand insisted the caterer return the Pellegrino they mistakenly brought instead of the Perrier she requested. Another celebrity move? She put loudspeakers outside her home so the press outside couldn’t hear them recite their vows.

Workers bring in chairs for Streisand and Brolin’s wedding in 1998. Getty Images

Guests reportedly included Travolta, Preston, Hanks, Wilson, Quincy Jones, and Sydney Pollack. Streisand sang two love songs and Brolin gave an emotional speech. “I can’t tell you how lucky I am that this would happen to me so late in life,” he said, according to People. “Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can’t wait to see her again in the morning.”

Nowadays, Streisand is proud her marriage has lasted for two decades. “Twenty years in Hollywood is like 50 years in Chicago, I always say,” she told Extra. She said she’s learned how to tell the truth in a way that preserves emotions. “The Dalai Lama says, ‘Give truth with compassion…’ I used to use truth as a weapon years ago, actually, ‘Well, you look fat ’cause you’re fat … I’m telling you the truth.’ Truth with compassion would say it a different way — I don’t think you can take each other for granted.”

Jason Gould, Barbra Streisand, and James Brolin pose at a French ceremony to honor Streisand. Getty Images

There are other secrets to their long-lasting marriage which are far more practical. Brolin said a key to their relationship happiness is keeping separate bank accounts. “We’ve bifurcated, and I love it that way,” he told HuffPost Live. “I have my own money and she has her own money. This is my third marriage, and I know what trouble can come out of marriage, so I didn’t want any reason that I would ever have to be either divorced or married again. We’ve been in heaven for 20 years, so it works.”

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Brolin also has said couple’s counseling is a great way to resolve conflict. “I do believe in counseling if anybody ever has a problem in their marriage,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Bring in a referee, talk it over, and I swear to you, it will dispel by the end of the session, each time!”

Streisand, for her part, keeps the romance alive by leaving him notes. “I’m always welcome when I get home,” Brolin told ET. “I always get notes, ‘Hurry home!’ When I get there, there’s always something kind of great waiting for me, some plan, and I try to reciprocate.”

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Jason Gould Dreams Family With Partner, Is Gay Actor Getting Married?

With high expectations and constant media attention, star-kid shares different kind of pressure!

However, son of actor Elliott Gould and singer cum actress Barbra Streisand, Jason Gould has managed to come out from the shadow of his celebrity parents, crafting his own separate identity apart from a celebrity-kid status.

With close media scrutiny from his early days, Jason has had to deal with the extra attention of being a celebrity kid from his childhood. However, he drew extra attention after coming out in open about his sexuality.

Openly gay, Jason, however, remains unbothered by whatever negative publicity he faces and has his own version of happily ever after in his mind.

Evolving throughout his career, Gould has landed several jobs throughout his career ranging from actor to director. But after numerous years of struggle with his inner self, it seems he has finally found his passion in life.

Gay Star Plans Family With Partner: Getting Married Soon?

After coming out in open to his parents in 1988, The Prince of Tides star has received tremendous support from his family, whose love for Jason has remained unaffected.

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In an interview given by mother Barbra Streisand to The Advocate in August 1999, she mentioned how she completely accepts son Jason for whosoever he is.

“I would never wish for my son to be anything but what he is. He is bright, kind, sensitive, caring, and a very conscientious and good person. He is a very gifted actor and filmmaker. What more could a parent ask for in their child? I have been truly blessed. Most parents feel that their child is particularly special, and I am no different. I have a wonderful son. My only wish for my son, Jason, is that he continues to experience a rich life of love, happiness, joy, and fulfillment, both creatively and personally.”

Jason Gould alongside his mother Barbra Streisand. (Photo: Pinterest.com)

With the full support of his family, Jason has truly embraced his sexuality and has had no hesitations whatever in claiming himself to be gay. However, the Listen To Me star has managed to keep details about his personal life completely under the curtains, keeping intact with his introvert personality.

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With not much disclosure about his private dating life, Jason, however, has revealed his family plans. His desire to have kids and a family of his own is no different to any other straight men.

In an interview with New York Daily News in 2000, Jason mentioned how he one day wishes to gift his parents their grandchildren and have a family of his own.

“My mother would love to have a grandchild, and I think that is probably the greatest disappointment to her. But you know, she may still get one.”

Despite opening up his intentions of having a kid someday with his partner, Jason, standing in at a height of 5’8”, has never revealed anything much about his partner nor his intentions of getting married to anyone anytime soon.

However, with his father, now 80, and mother, 76, time might slowly be running out for the actor to give his parents their grandchildren.

Bio Reveals Age, Net Worth, Height, and Career Path

Born on 29 December 1966, Jason, at age 51, has received career success as an actor, director, producer and a writer over the years.

However, it seems The Big Picture star has found a new passion in life in the form of singing. Embracing the footsteps of his mother, the 10 times Grammy Awards recipient, the Say Anything star has traveled down the musical path in the recent phase of his career.

Jason Gould performing his song Morning Prayer in front of a live audience. (Photo: AK.lst.fm)

Jason, in his official website, has mentioned the reason behind his late-career pursuance towards music.

“I was recently asked why I was doing this now . . . and the answer is simple: to explore the part of myself that always wanted to make music. I finally got to the place in my life where the fear of not being good enough was not as great as the need to express myself.”

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Beginning his singing career post the release of his first self-titled play Jason Gould, singer Jason’s fame has grown in both size and stature. Thus, the star currently enjoys his life alongside his mysterious partner with a net worth of $15 million.


Here are a few things you should know about Jason Gould: he is one of the most unassuming, loyal, and loving friends a person could ever have. People used to find him quirky and aloof, but he was really just quirky and shy. Here’s another thing: he has never had any of the temperament or entitlement issues one might ascribe to someone whose life seemed so charmed from the outside. Being the son of Barbra Streisand and Elliot Gould may seem like a decided advantage in life but, as you’ll see, it’s not without its own unique hurdles. Through the years Jason has taken many creative paths but usually in a very private way. As you’re a about to read, he is on the cusp of taking some very public chances.

“(Making music) was something that I kept very deeply hidden within me. You know, it’s funny, this is sort of second coming out”

The first time we met was in 1987 on Stage 15 at Warner Bros. Studio on the set of Nuts. I was a production assistant on the film and he was in town visiting him mom from N.Y.U. We had a mutual friend, Nancy Balbirer, who has told us all about each other. Not being shy, I went up to him, said “hello,” extended my hand, and made a friend for life. Even though Jason’s familial circumstances were unusual, we quickly found we a great deal in common: a shared interests in film and music, similar values and cultural backgrounds, and, oh yeah, we were both gay (though Jason hadn’t quite come out yet). I think he appreciated my complete lack of inhibition and I, in turn, appreciated his intellect, modesty, and extremely refined taste—qualities that he brings to bear on whatever he puts his mind to.

All these qualities and more are shown to great advantage with his newest project, writing songs and—perhaps more surprisingly—singing, and this time he’s letting all of us share his work. Having heard the results I can vouch for them: his music is melodic, personal, and deeply affecting. Perhaps even more significantly, I see in my friend someone who has cultivated enviable confidence along with his prodigious gifts, and I feel extremely proud that he’s gotten to the point where he sees in himself what I have always seen: someone with great talent, insight, and character.

I spoke to Jason by phone in Los Angeles last Friday, as he was preparing to leave for Philadelphia to begin rehearsing for Barbra Streisand’s tour, which will find him making his live singing debut in front of 20,000 people at the Wells Fargo Stadium in Philadelphia this Monday night. The following day his first collection of songs—the eponymous Jason Gould—is released. The Philadelphia show will be followed by stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Vancouver, Las Vegas, San Jose, and the Hollywood Bowl. Here is our revealing and very personal conversation:

David Munk: Good morning! So I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to your EP this morning and I just want to tell you again, I think you’ve done something really significant with this, musically and personally, you know?

Jason Gould: Thank you. It’s so funny, because I have a second EP (an “EP” is the old analog term for something more than a single but less than a full album, technically standing for “extended play”) and I was considering just putting it out ASAP, and then somebody was saying “well I think you should make a whole album and you could probably just put these songs onto that album,” and I was thinking maybe I should do that. I don’t know, it’s all unfolding so quickly, I guess.

Munk: It sort of has a life of its own—in a way—you’re involved in shaping it, but I think the way that teaser (of his music) was leaked yesterday is an example of the fact that there are aspects of this—

Gould: (Laughing) —I cannot control, that’s for sure.

Munk: Which I would imagine is part of what is exciting about it.

“I finally got to the place in my life where the fear of not being good enough was not as great as my need to express myself.”

Gould: Yeah. I mean, I don’t even want to control it, really, as I said to you before, there’s something bigger going on here and I’m just sort of taking the ride, and I did my part.

Munk: Well you definitely did your part, and one of the things that I’m interested in talking about is the process, and going back to the beginning of it. Over the years, you’ve expressed yourself in a lot of different ways—you were an actor, a film director, an interior designer and worked with clay. I’m just wondering—your music—was it a spontaneous decision or something that was sitting in the back of your mind?

Gould: I was a kid who always came up with little melodies from way back. I mean, that was probably one of the first creative things I was drawn to do, but I never did anything with them. Some of them I had recorded, in fact, one of them I had put into a birthday present to my mother and she ended up using it in her last concert, I think, (he’s referring to Jason’s Theme, which was incorporated into Streisand’s 2006 show), it was just a piece of music, right? It wasn’t a finished song or anything like that, so there were these things that had come through me. I don’t read or write music but I sit at a keyboard sometimes and work out melodies, and I never quite knew how to make that into a song so I was always looking for a collaborator, somebody work with, to help guide me. So this really began because of my desire to write music, or take the music I wrote and develop it further into songs. So when I met (songwriter) Marsha Malamet at a lecture, literally, that’s how we met—she said “hello” to me, she was sitting behind me—she happened to be the person I collaborated with and we ended up writing several songs together so that started this process for me.

Munk: And that was like what, two years ago?

Gould: Yeah, two years ago.

“My mother and father were famous before I was born, so I grew up with the idea that people were looking and they had their own ideas about what it was like.”

Munk: It’s funny—I always knew you were musical, we’ve always listened to music together and talked about what we liked, but I didn’t know that you’d ever made music.

Gould: It was something that I kept very deeply hidden within me. You know, it’s funny, this is sort of second coming out, it really is, because in the same way that gay kids have to face their own shame and fear about whether or not they’re going to be accepted, it’s very parallel to that in some ways, you know? Like “finding one’s voice,” which is really what this is for me, can take many forms. So, I’m trying to get a website up and I wrote a little two-paragraph thing. I’ll read it to you. Tell me what you think of this. I used this Wayne Dyer quote, which really sums it up for me, the quote is “don’t die with your music still in you.” Have you heard that?

Munk: No, but I like it.

Gould: So this is what I wrote (in part):

“I was recently asked why was doing this now, and the answer was simple: to explore the part of myself that always wanted to make music. I finally got to the place in my life where the fear of not being good enough was not as great as my need to express myself, and it’s taken a long time to recognize that the nagging voice of judgment, self-criticism, and comparison, was not a loving one. I now know a big part of this human experience has been finding my own voice, literally and figuratively. For some of us this happens early in life, for others, later. I don’t know where it will take me next, but at least this music will not have died in me.”

That’s sort of what this is about for me.

Munk: It’s interesting, you sort of dipped your foot in the pool in the mid-90s when I facilitated that one recording session for you, do you remember?

Gould: Of course.

Munk: We cut a Stevie Wonder song and I knew the moment you opened your mouth that you had a beautiful voice, your own voice. I sort of put it in the back of my mind though and thought “I don’t know if he’ll ever get there.” What do you remember about that and why wasn’t it the right time—what’s changed for you?

Gould: Well at that time I hadn’t written songs and I really didn’t know what I would sing, I mean, the Stevie Wonder song (I Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer) was your idea and Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest musicians, writers, singers of all-time, but it wasn’t my voice, because I hadn’t really found my voice and I didn’t know what I wanted to say and I hadn’t really…I probably didn’t know who I was enough yet, because you have to know who you are to be an artist, I think, no matter what form it takes—

Munk: —Or maybe making the art is part of the process of discovering that.

Gould: I was very insecure about my voice, I mean sometimes I hear it and I think “uh, is this good?” but I come from tremendous perfectionism and, I mean…my mother has set a very high standard so it wasn’t like I was just anybody, you know, opening my mouth. I knew I was following in the footsteps of someone who has affected as many people as my mother. It can be a little daunting you might say, right?

Munk: For sure, absolutely. I think I felt that dynamic was almost a presence in the room during that recording session and could feel the weight of it for you as your friend—

Gould: —Right.

Munk: I remember thinking clearly that if you ever got to the point where you were able to manage it that it could be very powerful. Part of what’s happening now, from my vantage point outside of you, is that (your music) has a life of its own because of that aspect, and I’m wondering in what way your upbringing, not just in your family but in that whole world in Los Angeles, has prepared you for a kind of public exposure that you seem to be inviting in a little bit.

Gould: Well I was really uncomfortable with that from the beginning, I mean my mother and father were famous before I was born, so I grew up with the idea that people were looking and they had their own ideas about what it was like. Show business is complex.

Munk: One of your mother’s great skills is, I think, shaping the business aspects of a career, controlling output to create demand, to step away sometimes, to have a strategy, but you seem…well, I’ve noticed you have a very unorthodox business strategy here, do you know what I mean?

Gould: (Laughing) The strategy is that I don’t have a strategy!

Munk: I get a kick out of that.

Gould: My strategy was I wanted to make music and see if I could. Listen, I wrote these songs and I didn’t even know if I could sing them—honestly. I was working in the studio for over a year and gaining confidence by doing it and I learned so much, I mean, this has been a beautiful experience. I have a great collaborator in the studio with Stephan Oberhoff.

Munk: Yeah, I was going to ask you about him because the production is excellent.

Gould: Well he’s a genius, an incredible musician and songwriter in his own right. We were brought together by Marsha Malamet, she had worked with him and I got to know him. I didn’t know him, but I got to know him and he got to know me and a real trust and respect developed.

Munk: I want to talk more specifically about the songs on the EP. The first song is Morning Prayer and I think it’s really stunning. I think I told you that when I was in L.A. I played it for Natalie (Cole) and she was drawn to the intonation of your voice—I think there is a real curiosity about what your voice sounds like—but she was also really moved by your sensitivity and how vulnerable you are, especially on that song. What was that song about, because I feel like you dug pretty deep.

Gould: Hm. Well, that was the only song on this EP that I co-wrote—all the songs we wrote together began with a melody that I had. When you sing something that came through you…I don’t even want to take credit that “I wrote it,” I mean, I don’t know how that happens—the creative process is such a mystery. But I had that melody, and I brought it to Marsha and Liz (Vidal), and Liz wrote this lyric, it was almost like she channeled it, and then we refined the lyric together. So there was a magical quality to how it was created. It’s a spiritual song but I didn’t honestly know what it was about until I recorded it. You can interpret it in different ways. It could be about a person but it could also be about God.

Munk: Interesting.

Gould: It was a collaboration on a deep level. I love it too.

“When I do the second EP or the album I was going to dedicate it to ‘anyone who ever believed they were not enough.’ Do you think that’s weird?

Munk: You’ve written many more songs than what you’ve included here. For example, you played me a song called In Time which I really liked, but you’ve held it back.

Gould: Well that will either be on the next EP or the full album, and I have to decide what I’m doing because I really want to get that out, I mean that (song) is something that’s much more personal to me and has a real statement. I already have four or five other songs mixed, I just have to master them.

Munk: You could have gone to a major label but you decided to release this independently.

Gould: Yeah, well, my understanding of how the record industry is at this time is that labels are not what they used to be and the power of the record company is also not what it used to be, you know? Because of YouTube and…really, everybody has access to the unbelievable power of social media and I am kind of stunned by that. It’s kind of incredible. And don’t know what percentage record companies take or even what they would do for me at this point.

Munk: Well what they would do for you is something that’s already done. Today record companies don’t sign someone unless they already have a fan base and you already have a fan base. I think you’re inheriting one. Like for example, that teaser that Broadway World put up the other day, you didn’t give that to them, they just got it.

Gould: I had sent it out to a couple of people to get their feedback and maybe one of those people leaked it, I don’t know.

Munk: Well it doesn’t really matter because the point is for people to be aware of the music and one of the advantages you have is that there are many people who are aware of you and are now aware that you’re making music and they’re going to show up for you. That awareness is something, ostensibly, that a record company could work a long time with a new artist to create.

Gould: Right.

Munk: When I told Matt Howe (from barbra-archives.com) that I was going to be speaking with you, he was curious about your feelings about standards and pre-rock era pop music in general and wondered if you were drawn to them because of your mother’s association (to the genre) or cautious around it for the same reason.

Gould: Mm. Well it wasn’t that. The way this whole thing unfolded was I first was working on the songs I wrote and trying to find my voice with that and then I thought, “it would be interesting to try to sing a song I didn’t write.” Then it was like “what song would that be?” You know, I didn’t want to sing songs that my mother had sung, obviously, so finding songs that I love that were great songs and so, that’s what drew me to How Deep Is The Ocean?, Nature Boy…these were songs that are great songs that I could identify with that also supported the message that I’m carrying in a sense…that I thought maybe I could bring something new to.

Munk: So what was it about Nature Boy? You knew it before I suggested it—

Gould: —of course—

Munk: —What was it about the lyric that drew you to that song because I love what you’ve done with it.

Gould: Thank you. There’s nothing more profound than what he says: “the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” It’s hard to get more profound then that. I also saw myself in it. In some ways, “there was a boy… a little sad…a little shy,” whatever, so I could relate to it.

Munk: Tell me about Hello, because that song blew my mind when you played it in your car. I think it’s a hit. It’s a radio song, albeit a bit of an unconventional one, but there are formats that support this kind of music.

Gould: Well do you know how to do that, because I don’t. How would you do that?

Munk: Well you have to hire independent promotion people. I’ll explain that later, but I wanted to hear about Hello, because this is NOT Lionel Ritchie’s Hello!

Gould: (Laughing) No this is not Lionel Ritchie’s Hello… no, no. You’ll notice there’s a theme in every song I wrote or chose to sing. It’s sort of about the big picture, the human experience, the spiritual experience—whatever you want to call it—I thought that was an interesting point of view that I hadn’t heard in a song before. I thought it was a beautiful melody, you know, it caught me too. I thought it was very…not only catchy…but I really like the sentiment of it, you know, in terms of, the people that we’ve lost, and what is that and how do we relate to people that are no longer “embodied” but that we still love?

Munk: —In the sense that they’re still here. I love the duality that things that are gone are still present.

Gould: Yeah, the love is still present even though someone may not be here in body.

Munk: The song has a sense of presence—I feel it in the music. Would you mind telling me the story again of how your recording of Nature Boy ended up being the catalyst to move from the studio phase of this to live performance, because I think people will find it interesting. The decision to write songs or experiment in the studio is one kind of decision for you with one set of challenges and rewards connected to it. The decision to sing live is, you know, a completely different thing and it’s interesting how you got from point A to point B because, once again, I don’t think you planned on it.

Gould: No, not at all. I mean, I was planning on maybe putting out my own EP, and I didn’t know how that was going to take shape. My mother turned 70, and for her birthday I made her a film montage of our life, our relationship together. I was recording Nature Boy at the time I was doing it and it seemed so perfect. So I used that song and on her birthday it was shown as one of the multiple films that people show at a birthday party. And I think it surprised a lot of people, of course, they didn’t know that I sang. I don’t even think my mother had decided to do a tour yet.

Munk: If you would have told me 25 years ago that you were going to stand in a sports arena and sing a duet with your mother, you would have had to scrape me off the floor!

Gould: (Laughing) You and me both!

Munk: I mean it’s not like you grew up with Barbra singing around the spinet!

Gould: No, no, no.

Munk: What did you discover when you started rehearsing with her and started singing live with her? You’ve collaborated with her on film (The Prince of Tides), which is a more controlled experience. What’s it like to sing on stage together, is she “mom” or is she “Barbra Streisand?”

Gould: Well I haven’t done it yet, I can’t tell you.

Munk: (Shocked). What do you mean? You haven’t rehearsed? The concert is in a week, what are you waiting for?

Gould: I haven’t sung on stage with her yet.

Munk: Oh, I see, so you haven’t been in front of an audience, but you’ve been in a room, right?

Gould: (Deadpans) We’ve been in the living room.

Munk: Well you better get busy, no?

Gould: (Laughing) Well that’s why I go to Philadelphia next week!

Munk: Was it a good feeling?

Gould: You know, it was very meaningful, in a lot of ways. It was like a full circle moment in a sense, because I think a part of me was afraid to open my mouth—in front of anyone, but particularly, I think, in front of my mother. So to have that experience with her is really very healing—I think it sort of shocked her. I don’t think she quite knew…listen…I‘m not gonna brag about my singing. I don’t think I’m the greatest singer in the world, but I don’t know that she knew I could sing.

Munk: So it was different when she heard you sing live in a room than when you played her some of the stuff you’d been working on?

Gould: Well yeah, because when you hear recordings nowadays you never know whether the person really sings or not, with what one can do with auto tune, but you can’t auto tune live singing so, they were pleasantly surprised that I didn’t need that.

Munk: The performing piece of this began a gift for your mother, but I’m wondering if, at this point, you feel you may have given a gift to yourself.

Gould: I think it’s true. Absolutely. And giving a gift to the little boy in me that was always afraid to have his own voice. And that’s very meaningful. I think a lot of us gay kids…we have to face this fear: are we going to be accepted? Are we good enough? And that’s a lot of the message of the record I wrote that’s not on this EP, but that will come through much more so in what I have to say there (on the next CD). And that has meaning to me, I’m not just trying to hit notes, or anything like that, this is really something I’m trying to communicate.

“I knew I was following in the footsteps of someone who has affected as many people as my mother. It can be a little daunting you might say, right?”

Munk: Well I’ve heard a few of those songs and I think people are going to be very responsive to it. The thing that makes me kind of a little emotional as your friend is seeing the way that you seem to be embracing yourself and who you are, the comfort—

Gould:—well, that’s the greatest! That’s really all I care about sharing—the best part of the whole thing. I guess part of what doing something like this, when you share yourself in an artistic way with someone, is that maybe it inspires someone, or it touches someone, or they go “yeah, I have something to say too.” When I do the second EP or the album I was going to dedicate it to “anyone who ever believed they were not enough.” Do you think that’s weird?

Munk: No! I think that’s incredibly honest and I think that it’s incredibly relatable, more importantly. I think…look…there were many reasons why you felt like you weren’t enough.

Gould: Yeah, I know that’s a huge piece of the human experience, for all different reasons we struggle. I mean, I have my version of it, but it’s not uncommon, I know that.

Munk: Well your version had a lot of relatable elements to it. When we were much younger I didn’t relate to you on the basis of being the son of famous people, I related to you in other ways.

Gould: I was a deeply insecure, frightened, guy, you know?

Munk: We were just two gay kids trying to make our way!

Gould: Well that’s all we’re really doing here on this planet, trying to make our way. “To learn to love and be loved in return.”

Munk: When was the last time you gave an interview, by the way?

Gould: I spoke to the Advocate about ten years ago and I did some stuff around The Prince of Tides and when I had that short film out in the world (Inside Out), but other than that, no. I’ve been a really private person and I love my privacy.

Munk: You’re a private person who is threatening that privacy to a certain extent by making brave choices, but I feel like you’re doing it with a lot of consciousness, and you know that you might in some ways be changing the nature of that privacy, to some extent, you know?

Gould: Yeah, again, I know I’m not in control, but it’s bigger than me.

Munk: Well it always was, but I think you also see the upside of that, is that, there is built in curiosity, people want to hear what you have to say.

Gould: Right. Well I have a lot to say. It’s taken me a while to find my voice—literally and figuratively. Now the goal is to be comfortable in my own skin, to be enough, to love myself enough to take those risks and express myself. I mean, not everyone is going to like what I’m doing, but if I can feel that I’ve honored myself.

Munk: Well you’ve done more than that. Trust me when I say that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but nobody’s gonna be saying “who the fuck does he think he is?” It’s better than that, it’s way better than that!

Gould: Well thank you for that. I know that you have your own standards, so thank you.

I promised you a Jason Gould song in its entirety. Here is Morning Prayer, which he co-wrote with Marsha Malamet and Liz Vidal. I think it’s something extraordinary and I’d love to know what you think. If you take the time to comment on the song or on this article I will be sure to share your feedback with Jason personally.

To purchase Jason Gould’s EP, please go to jasongouldmusic.com

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“Two gay kids trying to make our way!” In front of the apartment on Tower Drive, Beverly Hills, 1986

What Is Barbra Streisand’s Net Worth?

Get to know award-winning actress, singer, and Broadway star Barbra Streisand.

How old is Barbra Streisand?

Barbra Streisand is 77 years old. She was born, Barbara Joan Streisand, in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 24, 1942, according to Biography.

Barbra Streisand speaks onstage at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards on February 7, 2015. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for DGA

What was her childhood like?

Streisand’s childhood was tough. Her father, Emanuel Streisand, died of complications relating to an epileptic seizure when she was just 15 months old. Her mother, Diana Rosen, raised Streisand and her older brother. Diana married her second husband while her daughter spent the summer at camp. Her relationship with her stepfather wasn’t a good one.

“I groveled at his f**king feet and called him Dad and brought him his slippers for two days,” Streisand said later in life about her stepfather, according to the Daily Mail. “There was no change. He didn’t treat me any better. He didn’t talk to me. He didn’t see me. He didn’t like me.”

Streisand’s relationship with her mother wasn’t much better. Her mother often commented negatively about her looks and didn’t show much love toward her daughter. Streisand found refuge in singing and acting, and in high school befriended her fellow classmate, Neil Diamond.

She moved to Manhattan after graduating high school at 16 to pursue her career.

Is Barbra Streisand married?

Yes, Streisand is married to actor James Brolin.

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin attend the “And So It Goes” premiere at Guild Hall on July 6, 2014, in East Hampton, New York. | Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images

“I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven,” Streisand told W magazine, according to Good Housekeeping. “I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”

The two got engaged in 1997 and married in 1998. Brolin is her second husband.

Streisand met her first husband, another actor named Elliot Gould, in the early 1960s. Their marriage lasted eight years.

Does Barbra Streisand have any kids?

Yes, Streisand has one child. She and Gould had a son together, Jason Gould.

Barbra Streisand with her husband James Brolin and her son, Jason. | Serge BENHAMOU/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

What is Barbra Streisand’s net worth?

Streisand’s net worth is estimated to be $400 million, according to Forbes.

How did she launch her career?

Streisand started out singing in nightclubs in New York City, according to IMDb. She began her career on Broadway in 1962 when she landed a role in “I Can Get It For You Wholesale.” The performance earned Streisand a Tony Award nomination.

Then she signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released the album, The Barbra Streisand Album in 1963, which went on to become a gold record and win Streisand two Grammy awards.

Barbra Streisand, as Fanny Brice, in ‘Funny Girl’ in1968. | Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

She showed off her singing talents again in 1964 when she played Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” on Broadway. The show became such a big hit, it was remade into a film in 1968, which became Streisand’s first film role.

What are Barbra Streisand’s most popular songs?

Streisand’s most popular songs include “The Way We Were,” “Evergreen” from A Star Is Born, “Woman in Love,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” a collaboration between Streisand and Neil Diamond, and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),” another collaboration, this time between Streisand and Donna Summer, according to Billboard.com.

Barbra Streisand Net Worth

Barbra Streisand net worth: Barbra Streisand is an American singer, songwriter, actress and filmmaker who has a net worth of $400 million. Barbra Streisand was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her career began in her teens when she sang at nightclubs, gradually working her way up to several guest appearances on The Tonight Show and PM East/PM West and a minor but significant role on Broadway. As a recording artist, Streisand has released 33 studio albums, Guilty being her most successful album to date with over 22 million sold worldwide and a six time platinum certification by the RIAA. To date, she has won eight Grammy Awards, plus an additional Grammy Legend Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame three times. Her most recent concert tour took in $119.5 million at the box office and was attended by 425,000 people worldwide.

As an actress, Streisand came to international success in the Broadway play Funny Girl, which she reprised for the film adaptation and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to film a number of critical and commercial hits including Hello, Dolly!, and The Way We Were. In 1972, Streisand established Barwood Films and went on to write, direct, produce and star in the widely successful Yentl and again direct, produce and star in the award-winning films The Prince of Tides and The Mirror has Two Faces. Among her numerous awards are four Emmy Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and a Peabody Award.

FROM movies and television series to albums and international tours, Barbra Streisand has done it all.

But she put her foot in it with recent comments made about Michael Jackson’s alleged victims. Here’s the lowdown on the star’s net worth, movies and when you can see her perform live.

2 Barbra Streisand is worth hundreds of millions of pounds thanks to her hard workCredit: Getty – Contributor

What did Barbra Streisand say about Michael Jackson?

Barbra Streisand has sparked outrage after claiming Michael’s Jackson’s alleged victims were “thrilled” to be with the star – as she said “it didn’t kill them”.

The singer, 76, launched into a bizarre defence of Jacko – claiming he had “sexual needs” after Wade Robson and James Safechuck him of child molestation in Leaving Neverland.

She told The Times she “absolutely” believes the two men, but says it’s the fault of their parents for allowing them to sleep in a bed with the “very sweet” and “very childlike” Jackson.

Streisand, who once turned down the offer to sing a duet with the King of Pop, said: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.

“You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say , they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

She admitted she “feels bad” for both Jackson and his accusers as she asked why the parents didn’t question the singer’s need for “these little children dressed like him”.

What is Barbra Streisand’s net worth?

According to Forbes, Barbra’s net with us $400 million in 2018, which is around £313 million.

She has made Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women more than once and currently sits at number 48 behind media giants like Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg.

The multitalented star’s wealth comes from her music sales, tours and acting gigs.

Barbra has received numerous awards that recognise her success including ren Grammy Awards, two Oscar Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

2 Barbra was in the original A Star Is Born back in the 1970sCredit: Rex Features

Which films is Barbra known for?

Barbra Joan Streisand has been in countless films in her decades-long career.

She starred in original version the A Star is Born in 1976.

Barbra started her movie career with Funny Girl (1968), before taking on other important roles in Hello, Dolly! (1969), On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) and The Owl and the Pussycat (1970).

Her portrayal of the leading character, Esther Hoffman, in the original A Star Is Born back in 1976 was a huge hit, too.

Since then Barbra’s big-screen career has continued to bloom with roles in films like Yentl (1983), Meet the Fockers (2004), and The Guilt Trip (2012) among many other projects.

The star has also appeared on the small screen with her most recent parts being in Modern Family and Miami Vice.


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When can you see Barbra live in concert?

There is good news for Barbara fans as she is coming to the UK.

You can catch her headlining the British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park, London on July 7, 2019.

Tickets start at £78.55 plus booking fee.

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At 78, James Brolin is showing no signs of slowing down.

On the contrary, his life has gotten a lot busier in the last three years: he has a hit comedy series, CBS’ “Life in Pieces,” and he’s about to direct a film and is developing another. Oh, and he’s happily married to Barbra Streisand and the proud dad to actor Josh Brolin.

“A lot of it started just with a physical change,” said Brolin, explaining that a friend invited the actor to join him for twice-weekly workouts at his pool. “That just changed my whole life.”

He continued, “Not only has my outlook changed, but work has just flocked to me. I’ve been so busy for three years now. I literally thought I was retired.”

Instead, just before this interview, Brolin was offered to direct a historical feature. He was already seeking financing for his next film, the true story of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy married African-American woman from Live Oak, Florida, who was arrested and convicted in 1952 for killing a prominent white doctor and state senator.

“I’ve always had a preference for directing,” he said. “When I was 10 years old, I was making pin-hole cameras and making pictures out of paper and tape. At 15, I bought my first movie camera.”

Then at 18, the 6-foot-4-inch Brolin was stopped on the street and asked if he would do a commercial. “I was so shy back then,” he said. “But I wouldn’t have to talk. I was a young cowboy driving a Dodge truck.”

That commercial led to a contract at Fox, which resulted in a few small roles in TV shows, which helped Brolin land a co-starring role in “Marcus Welby, M.D.” That was followed by leading roles in films, including 1973’s “Westworld,” “The Amityville Horror” and “Traffic,” for which Brolin won a SAG Award for his portrayal of General Ralph Landry.

In the 1980s, he starred in another popular TV series, “Hotel,” where he got his first chance to direct at age 41. “Aaron Spelling gave it to me. I did one of the ‘Hotel’ episodes,” Brolin said.

On the “Hotel” set, filming often started late and ran late, Brolin said. So when he took the helm, he was determined to do things differently.

“The first day I shot, they knew I had messed up completely because I sent everyone home at 3 p.m. That was literally the day’s work,” he said with a chuckle. “It ended up being a really good show, and I got 10 more assignments.”

He directed his first film, 1997’s “My Brother’s War,” a Roger Corman movie with a $1 million budget, in Galway, Ireland. It starred Brolin, his son Josh, Jennie Garth and John Slattery and won Best Film at the Hollywood Film Festival.

“I know how to squeeze everything out of a nickel,” he said. “I come from a contractor family, so I can see where money is constantly being wasted.”

In that way, Brolin is a lot like his longtime friend Clint Eastwood.

“Watching Clint Eastwood, he’s an inspiration for me,” Brolin said. “He looks like he could get in a hammock, but he’s still at it.”

Brolin also draws inspiration from his wife of 20 years, Oscar winning actress and director Barbra Streisand. “I learn a lot from her,” he said.

“I just love actors at work,” he continued. “I love them to their core and want to make them look as good as possible. My wife is the same way. She wants to make sure everyone gets their close up and everyone has their best work down. She actually taught me that.”

Back on the set of his “dream” day job, the sitcom “Life in Pieces,” Brolin is continuing pre-production on the Ruby McCollum film. He recently met with Angela Bassett about playing Zora Neale Hurston and thinks Halle Berry “would be amazing as Ruby.”

“Every time I read through the script I get tears,” said Brolin, who is working with the same team behind a documentary about McCollum called “You Belong to Me: Sex Race and Murder in the South.”

“It’s so real and I’m so moved by it and I won’t let it go,” he said.