Barbra Turned Down Cabaret, Klute, and Julia


I was uptown last night when Barbra Streisand arrived to be honored with her Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Chaplin” award, and she and hubby Brolin looked like buttah.

Also lovely was this New York Times piece yesterday, in which the greatest star answered readers’ questions with her usual plucky aplomb. She said she still plans to play Momma Rose. She explained that she’d love to do Broadway if she could do just four performances a week. And she revealed which parts she regrets rejecting throughout her career.

Babs said she turned down three biggies–Cabaret, Klute, and Julia–but says they were offered before the incredible directors that ended up doing them were attached.

Well, if she’d done Klute (1971), it would have been her second prostie role in a row. (Owl and the Pussycat was in 1970), so maybe it’s good she branched out. And later, she got to be a call girl inNuts too!

Bonus rejection tidbit: In the show I’ll Eat You Last, Bette Midler‘s character–superagent Sue Mengers–says Streisand turned down The Exorcist as well. I bet she prefers borscht to split pea soup. (So do I)