Barbra Streisand Was ‘So Insecure’ She Demanded Her Own Lighting Designer on This Daytime Talk Show

by Jeremy Spirogis
Singer and actor Barbra Streisand

Celebrities are allowed to make sure requests of venues and lodges after they’re performing. They might ask that solely a sure coloured M&M be of their dressing room, or that they be supplied bottled water from one explicit stream in Switzerland.

The legend that has adopted icon Barbra Streisand with reference to her personal requests is her insistence on being filmed from a sure aspect of her face.

Here’s what the lighting director flown in for her look on a wildly standard daytime present needed to say about her requests and the way insecure she had grown by means of the course of her profession.

Singer and actor Barbra Streisand
Singer and actor Barbra Streisand | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Barbara Streisand has a ‘good side’

It’s a well known reality by now that the legendary singer and actor gained’t seem on anybody’s exhibits except it’s assured that she will likely be filmed from the left aspect of her face solely.

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel instructed Andy Cohen in 2019 on the latter’s What What Happens Live that he at one time had Streisand booked on his present. Until she requested upfront of the present to change seats with him.

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Kimmel instructed Cohen he was fantastic with it, so long as he may joke about it throughout her look, particularly as a result of it could be manifestly apparent to the viewers that an unlimited change had taken place on the set. The Guilty singer cancelled her look.

“It was the condition,” Kimmel defined. “The condition was we couldn’t talk about the fact that we’d switched around, and I was like, ‘I just don’t see how this will work.’”

The lighting director speaks

In a 2001 dialog with the Archive of American Television, lighting trade skilled Bill Klages spoke at size about his profession. He’s labored with numerous celebrities from Liza Minnelli to Muhammad Ali and in addition was employed for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

He described his expertise in receiving a name to fly out to rearrange lighting for Barbra Streisand’s 1997 look on The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

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“A few years in the past, I acquired a name from The Rosie O’Donnell Show. They stated, ‘Barbra Streisand is approaching the Rosie Show and she or he’s not bringing a lighting man. Somebody steered that you just would possibly be capable of come and lightweight her on [the show].”

He defined that he was flown in to deal with Streisand’s lighting wants for the present and marveled at how effectively the singer regarded because the final time he’d seen her.

“When you see Barbra today, she looks terrific considering her age, everything, she looks beautiful,” he stated. “But what has happened to her is that she had become so insecure in her ability to appear and to be gracious, that I had to be here for Rosie.”

Streisand’s ‘mind puzzles’

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Klages went on to say that the work for that exact episode of The Rosie O’Donnell Show wasn’t simple or simple. It concerned getting the lighting good for Streisand, and the lighting specialist appeared to be restraining his phrases to keep away from saying outright that it was not a nice expertise for him or his crew.

“We went through a lot of mind puzzles to get her lighting to appear right,” he stated. “All of which I predicted and all which came from a basic insecurity on her part. Once she got on [the air], she was ok, she was fine, she was Barbra Streisand.”

Klages had labored with Streisand earlier in her profession and famous that “people do change. She was no longer the little 18-year-old in the corner. She had a lot to say.”

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