Barbra Streisand is getting candid about her relationship with the late Judy Garland in her new memoir, saying their rumored rivalry was nonexistent.
“Folks have been on the lookout for some form of rivalry between us. And once they couldn’t discover something, they made it up,” Streisand writes in her tell-all ebook, “My Title Is Barbra,” through an excerpt from Folks journal.
The 2 have been usually pitted towards one another as titans of each the stage and display screen, however Streisand says that she discovered Garland to be “utterly beneficiant” when she appeared on her self-titled speak present in 1963.
“We sang a medley of songs, taking turns, and she or he wasn’t simply centered on herself. She watched me and responded to me,” Streisand writes within the excerpt. “She would attain out and brush again a strand of my hair, like a mom. And Judy’s personal daughter, Liza Minnelli, says that her mom’s first response on listening to me sing was to say, ‘I’m by no means going to open my mouth once more.’ She was like that, very self‑deprecating. And deeply weak.”
They grew to become mates after Streisand’s look on “The Judy Garland Present,” with Garland usually sharing recommendation with Streisand, who was 20 years youthful.
“We spoke on the telephone, and she or he got here to one of many uncommon events I gave at my New York condo (4 in 35 years). I feel she arrived late. And I bear in mind her saying one thing I by no means fairly understood: ‘Don’t allow them to do to you what they did to me,’” Streisand writes. “I ought to have requested her what she meant, however I didn’t wish to seem too nosy.”
Garland, who famously starred in “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Star Is Born” — a task Streisand would tackle within the 1976 model with Kris Kristofferson — had a tumultuous time in Hollywood. After discovering youngster stardom, Garland struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and encountered monetary bother later in life. She died on June 22, 1969 from an unintentional overdose on the age of 47.
“What a tragedy… and such a loss,” Streisand writes in her memoir. “She was a unprecedented expertise.”
“My Title Is Barbra” is on the market now.