shares a warning with her late friend and fellow actress gave her something about Hollywood in her new memoir, My name is Barbara.
In an excerpt, via People magazineStreisand wrote: “Judy and I became friends. We spoke on the phone and she came to one of the rare parties I threw in my New York apartment (four in 35 years). I think she arrived late. And I remember she said something I never fully understood: “Don’t let them do to you what they did to me.” I should have asked her what she meant, but I didn’t want to pry works.”
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The 2017 memoir about the late actress states: Judy and Me: My Life with Judy GarlandHer ex-husband Sid Luft detailed the pressure Garland faced to maintain a certain weight and appearance, including being told by studio executives that she needed to watch her figure. Luft, who died before the book’s publication, said The Wizard of Oz Star took drugs to cope. Garland died in 1969 at the age of 47 from an accidental barbiturate overdose.
“What a tragedy . . . and such a loss. She was an extraordinary talent,” Streisand wrote in her book.
Streisand also looked back on her early career in the industry, explaining, “People were looking for some kind of rivalry between us [Streisand and Gardland]. And when they couldn’t find anything, they made it up.” Streisand then appeared on an episode of Garland’s CBS show in 1963 The Judy Garland Show.
“I found Judy completely generous. We took turns singing a medley of songs, and she wasn’t just focused on herself. She watched me and answered me. “She reached out and brushed back a strand of my hair, like a mother,” Streisand said of Garland in her memoir. “And Judy’s own daughter, Liza Minnelli, says her mother’s first reaction when she heard me sing was, ‘I’ll never open my mouth again.’ She was so, very self-deprecating. And deeply vulnerable.”
My name is Barbarawhich includes reflections on her career and past relationships, hit bookshelves on Tuesday.
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