Friday, May 24, 2024

Memories: Streisand AND Redford (For First Time) on Oprah


I told you the other day that Barbra Streisand sings “The Way We Were” on Tuesday’s Oprah show.

But here’s the big surprise: Robert Redford makes his first ever appearance on Oprah’s show as well.

Talk about a home run! Oprah has really been hitting them out of the park lately. Between the Jackson segment and this Monday’s “Color Purple” reunion, Oprah’s sweeps numbers are going to be amazing.

I don’t know why Redford has never been on “Oprah” before. It’s a great forum for his environmental issues.

A spy from the Chicago set reports: “There was gorgeous footage from the film as Miss S performed and after she finished the song, a teary eyed Oprah came from the front row and went to hug Barbra and lo and behold, the man who has never done Oprah’s show and has NEVER done an interview with his one-time co-star Streisand,  Robert Redford came out onto the stage to a rousing applause and standing ovation. He gave Oprah a kiss and gave Barbra a bigger kiss. Talk about memorable television moments, this show will top the history books!”

Redford sat and talked with Oprah and Barbra about the famous 1973 classic which was directed by the late and very great Sydney Pollack. Among the films Redford and Pollack also made were “Out of Africa” and “The Electric Horseman.”

PS Who wrote “The Way We Were?” Arthur Laurents, now 92, and still staging “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” on Broadway in recent years. His uncredited polishers: Francis Ford Coppola, the great screen doctor David Rayfiel (who worked with Pollack on everything he touched), and the late, also great Dalton Trumbo.

And the funny thing is, I see Oprah’s bff Gayle King all the time, and she never tells me a word about this stuff.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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