Barbra Streisand turns 64 today and this news just totally has me numb. Not with excitement nor with wonder, just really numb. Having never understood many of the big gay female icons, over time Liza, Judy, and the others eventually revealed themselves through their body of work. Understanding the performance divas who had as much power over the older generations as say Madonna or Cyndi Lauper had to mine, has taken many viewings of their work, readings of their interviews, and reviewing of their work within context. Yet Barbra continues to elude me.
What knowledge that can be shared is the following:
- She is very demanding and rather difficult to work with from most reports (which is always a plus in the MO book).
- She only allows photographs to be taken from one side, as a review of Google image searches certainly confirms.
- She's sort of an uber-liberal, the type of limousine liberal that sort of turned me off to Democratic politics until later in life.
- Only two songs of hers really come to mind when thinking of her.
- The duet with Donna Summer "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" which is actually a favorite. (It's track number eight here.)
- A House Is Not a Home.
- She was balls to the wall in Nuts.
And that's about it. She's just not been compelling enough for me to date.
So happy birthday Babs, you gay icon, you.