October 29, 2003

Babs is just gross. (If

Babs is just gross. (If only I didn't worship her vocal cords so much!) Article courtesy of Foxnews.com.

Streisand 'Actors Studio' Interview in Limbo?

Maybe you've wondered: Whatever happened to that Barbra Streisand interview with James Lipton for "Inside the Actors Studio?"

Lipton taped Streisand in front of a live audience on October 5, and initially Bravo advertised an October 26 broadcast. But the show didn't air on Sunday night. There were rumblings that Streisand didn't like the way she looked on camera and was holding up airing of the show.

The singer-actress-director is notorious for her perfectionism, especially when it comes to the way she looks on screen. For her American Film Institute tribute, for example, Streisand set the lighting and designed the stage and all the accoutrements. She even put real Tiffany lamps at every table. When she appeared on the “Rosie O'Donnell Show,” the set had to be flipped so it favored Streisand's preferred profile.

But Lipton, who I spoke to on the phone yesterday while he was busy in his editing bay, says Barbra's been no problem.

“She spent five hours with us,” he said. “Five hours! We wanted to use this as a two-hour special for our 10th anniversary. So I'm going slowly, taking my time, looking at everything. She was incredibly candid. At times I felt like her psychiatrist.”

Lipton says he doesn't know when the show will air, but that so far Streisand has been nothing but helpful. “She's giving us extraordinary access to old clips from musicals, all kinds of things.”

When I mentioned that Barbra was notoriously particular about the way she's lit, he said: “I don't know an actress her age who isn't. And they should be.”

“Inside the Actors Studio” has a policy I was unaware of, and which is quite different from “60 Minutes” or other interview shows done for news organizations, newspapers, or magazines. They show the subject the final interview before it airs and let them make changes and suggestions. So Lipton will show Streisand the finished product before it airs.

“We do that with everyone. And knowing that before hand makes them much more comfortable when we do the interview.”

Indeed.

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