JANUARY 1, 1980
Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould’s son, Jason Gould, is bar mitzvahed at the Pacific Jewish Center in Venice, California, with just family and close friends in attendance. Later on, an extravagant party is thrown in Jason’s honor at Barbra’s home.
FEBRUARY 1, 1980
Barbra begins working on “Guilty.” Also, she and long-time beau Jon Peters separate.
FEBRUARY 27, 1980
At the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Barbra and Neil Diamond do a surprise duet of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” In her first time singing at the Grammys, Barbra’s gripped with tremendous stage fright backstage, but in the spotlight she and Neil deliver an electrifying performance.
APRIL 14, 1980
“All Night Long” with Lisa Eichhorn and Gene Hackman begins shooting in LA.
MAY 13, 1980
In a shocking move, Barbra takes over for Lisa Eichhorn in “All Night Long.” Universal pays Barbra a record-breaking $4.5 million plus 15% of the gross for 24-days of work. Barbra’s agent, Sue Mengers, wife of “All Night Long” director Jean-Claude Tramont, strikes the deal.
Barbra donates $500,000 to U.C.L.A. establishing the Streisand Chair in the Department of Cardiology. Barbra gives another $50,000 to U.C.L.A. to establish Jewish Cultural Arts Center. The gift covers the Hillel Council’s Streisand Auditorium in Westwood.
JUNE 1, 1980
Barbra is the host at an A.C.L.U. tribute to songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman. She sings their music, including the never-before-heard alternate version of “The Way We Were.” She and Neil Diamond re-create their Grammy performance of “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”
JUNE 9, 1980
“All Night Long” resumes shooting.
JULY 15, 1980
With composer Michel Legrand and lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Barbra begins work on the score for “Yentl.”
JULY 20, 1980
The Screen Actors Guild goes on strike and “All Night Long” shuts down production with only four days left to shoot.
AUGUST 1, 1980
The single “A Woman In Love” from Barbra’s new album, Guilty, is released.
SEPTEMBER 1, 1980
Orion Pictures announces that “Yentl” will be released for Christmas 1981. To get the studio backing, Barbra agrees to make it a musical, star in the lead role and direct the film.
OCTOBER 1, 1980
Guilty, Barbra’s sole album produced by Bee Gee Barry Gibb, is released and gets great reviews. It goes to number one in 12 countries and is a mulitplatinum success.
LATE OCTOBER 1980
“All Night Long” finally wraps production.
NOVEMBER 1, 1980
“Heaven’s Gate” opens is an immediate flop. The $40 million disaster forces Hollywood to re-think films in production. Orion pulls the plug on “Yentl.”
JANUARY 1, 1981
Jon Peters and Peter Guber at Polygram Pictures announce that they’ll produce “Yentl.” The deal later collapses.
MARCH 1, 1981
Torrential rains cause flooding in Malibu. Streisand’s Ramirez Canyon home is threatened. Streisand is out directing emergency workers and “working like the devil,” to save her home and her neighbor’s homes.
MARCH 6, 1981
“All Night Long” has the poorest opening ever for a Streisand film. Universal pulls it from theaters after just 3 weeks.
MARCH 31, 1981
“Yentl” is turned down by Warner Brothers, Columbia, and Paramount. MGM-UA, run by Streisand’s former agents David Begelman and Freddie Fields, say yes to Barbra’s film. Ironically, they told her not to do “Yentl” in 1967.
Following the disastrous release of “All Night Long,” Barbra and agent Sue Mengers dissolve their professional relationship. Also, The Streisand Center of the Jewish Cultural Arts at UCLA opens.
APRIL 1, 1981
Barbra, her brother Sheldon, and her mother Diana Kind attend the dedication of the Pacific Jewish Center School which is renamed in honor of Emanuel Streisand.
AUGUST 13, 1981
Barbra goes to England to begin preproduction on “Yentl.”
Filmmaker Kevin Burns wins Best Documentary at the 8th Annual Student Film Awards sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for “I Remember Barbra,” a documentary about how Brooklyn now recalls Barbra.
SEPTEMBER 1, 1981
The Emanuel Streisand School of the Pacific Jewish Center opens in Santa Monica.
Barbra’s new agent is Stan Kamen of the William Morris Agency.
NOVEMBER 1, 1981
CBS releases Memories. It becomes one of her best-selling albums and is even more popular in England as a slightly expanded collection of hit called Love Songs. It reaches number one in the UK.
DECEMBER 1, 1981
Barbra is honored at a party for Women USA.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 1982
Barbra records the songs for “Yentl” in London.
FEBRUARY – MARCH 1982
Before “Yentl” begins principal photography, Streisand shoots the “Memory” music video for CBS International. Also, Barbra tapes her part of the TV special “I Love Liberty.” Choreographer Joe Layton stages her rendition of “America, The Beautiful.”
MARCH 21, 1982
“I Love Liberty” is broadcast on ABC.
APRIL 14, 1982
Barbra starts filming “Yentl” in London.
MAY 23, 1982
The first Annual Barbra Streisand Awards for Student Filmmakers are presented at the B’Nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at U.C.L.A.
JUNE 8, 1982
The cast and crew of “Yentl” write a letter in support and praise of Barbra after the British tabloids print anti-Streisand items. Only one British trade paper runs the letter.
JULY 1, 1982
“Yentl” goes on location in Roztyly, Czechoslovakia, near Prague to film.
OCTOBER 1, 1982
Streisand wraps principal photography on “Yentl.”
MARCH 20, 1983
After spending some time home in America, Barbra returns to London in part to present an award at BAFTA, the UK Oscars. She thanks the British film industry for their cooperation during the filming of “Yentl.”
APRIL 8, 1983
Barbra works on the score and editing of “Yentl.” To quell bad press, Frank Yablans, vice chairman of MGM-UA, issues a statement reaffirming Streisand’s position as producer-director and says she’s in complete control.
JUNE 1, 1983
Barbra screens a rough cut of “Yentl” to MGM-UA executives. Their reactions are very positive.
JUNE 5, 1983
Roslyn Kind marries Randy Stone at Barbra’s Malibu ranch. Still working on “Yentl,” Barbra does not attend. The marriage lasts less than a year.
JULY 1, 1983
Barbra is seen out with director Steven Spielberg, beginning rumors that they are dating. In fact, she’s editing “Yentl” and he’s filming an “Indiana Jones” movie.
Elliott Gould co-stars with Diana and Roslyn Kind in “It’s Up To You,” an 18-minute film by Jason Gould. Barbra helps behind the scenes.
OCTOBER 12, 1983
“The Way He Makes Me Feel,” a single from Streisand’s upcoming film “Yentl” is released.
OCTOBER 29, 1983
Streisand is honored by the music division of the United Jewish Appeal Federation Campaign at a dinner in New York. Her escort for the evening is the former Canadian premiere Pierre Trudeau, whom Barbra had dated in 1970.
NOVEMBER 1, 1983
The soundtrack from Streisand’s new film “Yentl” is released. Also: Streisand meets Richard Baskin, a composer, at a Christmas party.
NOVEMBER 16, 1983
Jon Peters escorts Barbra to the Hollywood premiere of “Yentl.”
NOVEMBER 17, 1983
ABC’s “20/20″ devotes the entire show to Barbra and “Yentl.”
DECEMBER 1, 1983
Barbra talks with students and screens “Yentl” for Arthur Knight’s USC film class.
JANUARY 17, 1984
“Yentl” gets six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Director for Barbra.
JANUARY 28, 1984
Despite expectations, Barbra is not nominated for a Director’s Guild Award. At the Golden Globes, Barbra wins the Best Director award and “Yentl.” The picture is also named Best Picture-Musical or Comedy.
JANUARY 29, 1984
Isaac Bashevis Singer, the author of “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy,” blasts Barbra’s “Yentl” in The New York Times
FEBRUARY 1, 1984
Barbra responds to Singer’s Times article, saying, “If a writer doesn’t want his work changed, he shouldn’t sell it.”
FEBRUARY 16, 1984
“Yentl” receives five Oscar nominations, but none are for Barbra.
MARCH 14, 1984
Barbra attends the French preview of “Yentl” in Paris.
MARCH 21, 1984
Barbra is presented with the French Legion of Honor, La Croix D’Officier Des Arts Et Lettres in Paris.
MARCH 26, 1984
Two of Barbra’s bodyguards are arrested in Rome when they stop a photographer from taking pictures of Barbra while she is shopping. They are charged with assault and battery. While in Rome, Streisand meets with filmmaker Federico Fellini.
Barbra audits a psychology class at USC about the role of women and men in society.
APRIL 1, 1984
Streisand attends the Tel Aviv premiere of “Yentl.”
APRIL 3, 1984
At the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, Streisand dedicates a building she funded which is named for her father, Emanuel Streisand.
APRIL 9, 1984
In protest of Barbra Streisand’s lack of Oscar nominations, picketers march outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion where the 56th Annual Academy Awards ceremony is held.
MAY 31, 1984
Barbra receives the Crystal Award from Women In Film in Los Angeles.
JUNE 1, 1984
Barbra attends the Hollywood Women’s Political Action Coalition fundraiser.
JUNE 6, 1984
Barbra is honored by National Organization of Women with their “Woman of Courage” award.
JUNE 14, 1984
Elliott Gould joins Barbra and Roslyn and Diana Kind at Jason Gould’s graduation from Crossroads High School in Santa Monica.
JUNE 26, 1984
Streisand’s film company, Barwood, is placed under the Warner Brothers banner. Cis Corman, a successful Hollywood casting director and Barbra’s long-time best friend, is named president of Barwood.
SEPTEMBER 24 – 26, 1984
Barbra shoots her first music video, “Left in the Dark,” in Los Angeles.
Barbra’s life is threatened when an ex-mental patient tries to get into her Beverly Hills home. He’s arrested and held for psychiatric observation. Upon his release, he makes death threats against Streisand. He is arrested again.
SEPTEMBER 5, 1984
“Left in the Dark,” Streisand’s single from her new album Emotion is released. It peaks at number 50 on the Billboard charts.
SEPTEMBER 25, 1984
Barbra takes part in a mail campaign to defeat right-wing Senator Jesse Helms in his re-election bid.
OCTOBER 1, 1984
Emotion is released. Columbia is high on its potential to be a big pop hit. It fails to break into the top ten on Billboard, but does go platinum
NOVEMBER 1, 1984
Barbra goes to London with Richard Baskin to shoot a music video for the song “Emotion.”
NOVEMBER 14, 1984
Having completed the “Emotion” video, Streisand leaves London for the U.S.
DECEMBER 1, 1984
Because of Emotion’s lack of success, Barbra decides that her next record will be a return Broadway. Columbia is totally against the idea.
DECEMBER 3, 1984
Barbra Streisand is given the Scopus Laureate from the American Friends of Hebrew University in Los Angeles.
JANUARY 1, 1985
Working on The Broadway Album, Barbra calls composer Stephen Sondheim and he agrees to tailor his songs for her.
FEBRUARY 1, 1985
Barbra and Roslyn Kind attend a luncheon honoring their mother for her support of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit for Women of Shaare Zedek in Los Angeles.
MARCH 1, 1985
Barbra asks Peter Matz to produce The Broadway Album.
JULY 1, 1985
Barbra shoots The Broadway Album cover at the Plymouth Theatre in New York.
JULY 22, 1985
Barbra records The Broadway Album. Stephen Sondheim visits the studio to watch her work.
SEPTEMBER 1, 1985
Streisand agrees to do “Nuts” as her next picture. Barwood Films acquires the rights to the project. Mark Rydell, who has been developing the film, will direct.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1985
“The Barbara Walters 10th Anniversary Special” airs on ABC. Barbra appears and talks about The Broadway Album.
OCTOBER 28, 1985
Streisand shoots the “Somewhere” music video at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.
NOVEMBER 4, 1985
The Broadway Album is released. Barbra calls is, “A return to my roots.” The reviews are excellent.
NOVEMBER 8, 1985
Barbra promises the proceeds from the “Somewhere” single to two charities: Pro-Choice, an anti-nuclear movement, and AmFar, which represent AIDS research.
JANUARY 1, 1986
Barbra re-teams with personal manager Martin Erlichman .
JANUARY 10, 1986
Barwood Pictures purchases the rights to Larry Kramer’s controversial play about AIDS, “The Normal Heart.”
JANUARY 25, 1986
Defying all the odds and Columbia Records low expectations, The Broadway Album goes to number one.
FEBRUARY 25, 1986
At the Grammys, Barbra presents the Trustee’s Award to the Gershwins.
MARCH 11, 1986
Barbra announces she’ll direct and produce “The Normal Heart.”
MARCH 24, 1986
Barbra appears at the Oscars, two years after being shut out for “Yentl.” Sydney Pollack the Best Director award for “Out of Africa.”
APRIL 1, 1986
Streisand’s HBO musical special, “Putting It Together: The Making of The Broadway Album,” is released.
Mark Rydell exits “Nuts.” Martin Ritt is signed to direct the film. Barbra will star and produce.
MAY 1, 1986
Barbra accepts New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s proclamation declaring Women In Film Week for New York. Dustin Hoffman presents Barbra and implies they will be working on a film project very soon.
Final pre-production on “Nuts.” Dustin Hoffman, who had been rumored to be Barbra’s co-star, is no longer involved. Richard Dreyfuss is cast instead.
JULY 1, 1986
Barbra announces that she’ll host a fundraising concert in her Malibu ranch. The proceeds go to help elect Democratic senators in their campaigns. The event is invitation only, with attendees — mostly Hollywood stars — donating $2,500 per ticket.
SEPTEMBER 6, 1986
“One Voice” is Barbra’s first live concert in many years. It’s videotaped and recorded, and will become an HBO special, a video and an album. Proceeds from the video and record go to the Streisand Foundation for distribution to worthy charities.
LATE SEPTEMBER 1986
Barbra and playwright Larry Kramer have major differences about how “The Normal Heart” should be transferred to the screen. He leaves the project.
OCTOBER 2, 1986
Twenty years after first airing on TV, “My Name Is Barbra” and “Color Me Barbra” are released on video. Barbra records new introductions to the specials.
OCTOBER 11 – DECEMBER 6, 1986
The Museum of Broadcasting presents “Barbra Streisand: The Television Works,” a retrospective of her TV specials and other television performances.
OCTOBER 20, 1986
Streisand begins filming “Nuts.”
OCTOBER 30, 1986
The Streisand Foundation donates $450,000, proceeds from “One Voice,” to environmental support groups and organizations which protect civil liberties.
DECEMBER 14, 1986
Barbra hosts the Scopus Laureate Award from American Friends of Hebrew University in honor of Steven Spielberg.
DECEMBER 27, 1986
HBO broadcasts “One Voice.”
JANUARY 1, 1987
The Broadway Album is nominated for four Grammy Awards.
FEBRUARY 24, 1987
At the Grammys, Barbra wins for Best Female Vocalist; it’s her eighth. She is given a standing ovation and comments that she won her first Grammy twenty-four years before.
APRIL 20, 1987
Columbia Records releases One Voice, Barbra’s new album. All of the proceeds go to the Streisand Foundation.
MAY 1, 1987
Barbra, Jessica Lange, Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, and Sally Field appear on the cover of Life magazine as the most powerful women in Hollywood.
MAY 10, 1987
Barbra attends the ASCAP Pop Awards in LA to receive an award for “Evergreen,” one of the most played ballads of the past ten years.
JUNE 1, 1987
Barbra works on the post-production of “Nuts.” She has final cut of the film, not director Martin Ritt. She decides to compose the musical score for the film.
JULY 31, 1987
Barwood’s first television pilot, “Mabel and Max,” airs.
AUGUST 1, 1987
Barbra puts her 24-acre Malibu ranch up for sale. The asking price is $18 million.
NOVEMBER 1, 1987
Streisand endows a professorship at the University of Southern California. Barrie Thorne is named the first Streisand Professor of Intimacy and Sexuality.
NOVEMBER 18, 1987
“Nuts” opens in New York and Los Angeles.
DECEMBER 21, 1987
Columbia releases Streisand’s musical score for “Nuts” all 13 minutes — as a CD.
JANUARY 22, 1988
Barbra and “Miami Vice” star Don Johnson go out on their first date in public. They’re ringside at the championship bout between Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes in Atlantic City.
FEBRUARY 26, 1988
Barbra goes to Florida to watch Don film “Miami Vice.” She does a walk-on in an episode called “Badge of Dishonor.”
MARCH 1, 1988
Barbra’s work in “Nuts” is overlooked when Oscar nominations are announced.
APRIL 1, 1988
Streisand attends the ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas where she’s given their Star of the Decade award.
MAY 17, 1988
Streisand attends a performance of “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, starring her former “Hello, Dolly!” co-star Michael Crawford.
JUNE 19, 1988
Streisand and Don Johnson go to the National Basketball Association championship game between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Forum.
JULY 16, 1988
The S.A.N.E. (Substance Abuse Narcotics Education) Telethon airs in Los Angeles area with a taped message from Streisand in support of their efforts.
JULY 19, 1988
Barbra and Don Johnson go to a baseball game at Dodger Stadium in L.A.
SEPTEMBER 8, 1988
Barbra goes to a Michael Dukakis fundraising dinner in New York with Richard Baskin.
SEPTEMBER 9, 1988
Barbra joins Stevie Wonder on stage at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, where he is performing.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1988
Streisand attends a reception in honor of Clint Eastwood and his new film “Bird” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1988
Streisand and Don Johnson attend the opening of his new film, “Sweethearts Dance,” in Los Angeles.
OCTOBER 6, 1988
Barbra’s new single, a duet with Don Johnson called “Till I Loved You,” is released.
OCTOBER 25, 1988
The “Till I Loved You” album is released.
OCTOBER 16, 1988
Barbra sings at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.
OCTOBER 19, 1988
Barbra and Richard Baskin attend the Cary Grant tribute at the Beverly Hills Hilton to benefit the Princess Grace Foundation.
DECEMBER 20, 1988
Streisand goes skiing and spends the holidays in Sun Valley, Idaho.
OCTOBER 1, 1989
Streisand’s new album, a repackaged greatest hits volume called Barbra Streisand A Collection, Greatest Hits and More is released. There are two new songs on the album.
NOVEMBER 12, 1989
Streisand speaks out at Mobilize For Women’s Lives, an abortion rights rally in Rancho Park, California.
DECEMBER 1, 1989
Barbra works on pre-production of her new film project, “The Prince of Tides.”