As reported by entertainment journalist Hope Campbell and The List.com, Barbra Streisand, who has been a prominent figure in the public eye for many years, faced intense scrutiny regarding her professional and personal life. Like numerous celebrities, Streisand entered into matrimony with a co-star when she married Elliott Gould in 1963.
Their paths crossed while working on the Broadway musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale, and they welcomed a son named Jason. However, their marriage came to an end in 1971, and it would take several decades for Streisand to embark on another marital journey [via Biography.com].
Further in Campbell’s report, it is mentioned that Barbra Streisand, renowned for her iconic songs like “People,” “Evergreen,” “Enough is Enough,” and “Guilty,” had various romantic associations throughout her life. In the 1970s, she was involved with Jon Peters, a hairdresser-turned-movie producer, as stated on Ranker.com.
During the late 1980s, Streisand had a highly publicized relationship with actor Don Johnson, and they even collaborated on a duet titled “Till I Love You,” according to Yahoo! News. Ranker.com also highlighted a romantic involvement with tennis legend Andre Agassi, followed by a significant relationship in the 1990s with James Brolin.
According to Campbell, Brolin gained fame in the 1970s through the television medical drama Marcus Welby, M.D. He married Jane Agree in 1966, but their marriage ended in divorce. However, during their time together, they had two children, Josh and Jess. Brolin experienced another period of television success in the 1980s with the series Hotel.
During this time, he married actress Jan Smithers and had another child named Molly [via Bing.com]. Brolin and Smithers divorced ten years later. In 1996, Brolin went on a blind date arranged by Jon Peters’ ex-wife, which led him to meet Barbra Streisand for the first time. Although they were familiar with each other’s work, they had never met in person prior to this encounter.
In her interview with W Magazine, Streisand recounted their date, saying, “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven. I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”
According to Cambell’s documentation, shortly after their initial meeting, Brolin had to travel to Ireland to direct the film “My Brother’s War.” Despite the distance, Streisand and Brolin maintained their romance through phone calls. By November of the same year, Streisand and Brolin had taken the step to live together, as reported by Good Housekeeping.
Streisand had her first wedding 35 years prior, which was a low-key affair. However, when it came to her second wedding at the age of 56, she was determined to make it a grand event. In the summer of 1998, Streisand tied the knot with James Brolin at her lavish Malibu estate.
The guest list was filled with A-listers, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Quincy Jones, and Sydney Pollack. Streisand looked stunning in a Donna Karan gown accompanied by a breathtaking 15-foot veil. To ensure the privacy of their vows, loudspeakers were strategically placed outside the property to drown out any voices from the press during the ceremony [via Good Housekeeping].
According to her interview with People Magazine, Streisand expressed her love during the wedding ceremony. As mentioned by Campbell, the singer, known for her stage nerves, performed two ballads and the groom delivered a speech.
According to People Magazine’s documentation, Brolin delivered a heartfelt speech expressing his gratitude, stating, “I can’t tell you how lucky I am that this would happen to me so late in life. Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can’t wait to see her again in the morning.”
After a quarter of a century, that is quite an impressive accomplishment.
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