Barbra Streisand is very bad at lip-synching and doesn’t like mornings. She’s very good at throwing dogs’ birthday parties and, when she needs a little push to portray the sensation of yearning, she imagines chocolate cake. These are the things I now know to be true.
If one can ever imagine sitting around Barbra’s Streisand’s home — perhaps in a nook of her underground mall, sharing stories about the legendary diva with her old pals and learning Babs’ “She’s just like us!” quirks — that was the vibe of last night’s Film Society of Lincoln Center gala, where Streisand received the 40th annual Charlie Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. The multihyphenate, EGOT-ing artist and humanitarian was joined by a collection of her old friends — and, though many of them first met her professionally, they genuinely have become friends, some for decades. In addition to video tributes by Robert Redford and Omar Sharif, Streisand was treated to speeches and performances on stage by the likes of Bill Clinton, Liza Minnelli, Kris Kristofferson, Wynton Marsalis, George Segal, Amy Irving, Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Oscar-winning composer Alan Bergman, and Ben Stiller. Below, the highlights of the night. READ FULL STORY »