- 1st – Barbra performs Live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for her second night running. She previously performed here on December 31st 1993 and January 1st 1994. The Concert is filmed for a possible TV special
- 13th – Barbra requests that her name is no longer affiliated with The Streisand Center for Conservancy Studies – her former Ramirez Canyon property
- 22nd – Barbra appears on the cover of TV Guide
- 23rd – Shirley MacLaine presents Barbra with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
- 8th – Barbra first Timeless Concert ‘Down Under’ in Sydney, is postponed due to rain
- 9 – 10th – Barbra performs Live for the first time in Australia at the Sydney Football Stadium
- 15 & 16th – Barbra performs Timeless in Melbourne
- 19th – Barbra records a video message to Barbara Walters – which is shown at the Daytime Emmys
- 30th – Reel Models: The First Women of Film – premieres on American Movie Classics. The Barwood Documentary was produced by Barbra – and she even appears on Camera to introduce the show
- 19th – Official Announcement is released – Barbra will do four final concerts in America – two in LA and two in NY
- 30th – Tickets go on sale for the final four concerts
- 14th – Barbra goes to the Staples Center to watch the opening session of the Democratic National Convention
- 17th – Barbra performs four songs from Timeless to close the DNC
- 5th – Barbra Streisand – The Directors is released on VHS and DVD
- 19th – Timeless is released on CD.
- 20 & 21st – Barbra performs Timeless at the LA Staples Center
- 27 – 28th – Barbra performs her final Live Concerts for money at Madison Square Garden in New York
- 3rd – Barbra appears on 20/20 with Barbara Walters. Her aim was to make people vote for Al Gore. However, ABC cut her pro-democratic words – much to her displeasure
- 5th – Barbra calls a C-Span live Election Special to discuss her edited comments on 20/20 – and to talk about her support for Gore
- 6th – Rosie O’Donnell airs Barbra’s political speech which 20/20 edited
- 10th – Barbra is chosen to be the recipient of the 2001 AFI Award from the American Film Institute
- 5th – Fox announces that February 14th, 2001 will be the Premiere of Barbra’s Timeless TV Special
- 20th – Barbra receives the National Medal of Arts in Washington DC. Presented by President Clinton. She later attends a White House dinner honoring medal winners with her husband James Brolin
- 3rd – Timeless receives a Grammy Nomination in the Best Traditional Vocal Pop Album Category
- 7th – Barbra is featured on Celebrity Profile on the E! Channel
- 14th – Barbra’s Timeless TV Special premieres on Fox
- 20th – The Timeless DVD / VHS is released
- 22nd – Barbra receives the AFI award in Beverly Hills
- 1st – Washington Newspaper Roll Call prints a copy of Barbra’s memo to Democrats urging them to challenge President George W. Bush’s proposed legalisation
- 3rd – For Pete’s Sake comes to DVD for the first time
- 22nd – Barbra is Co-executive producer on Varian’s War – which premieres on Showtime
- 12th – Reel Models:- The First Women of Film is nominated for (and wins) a Daytime Emmy
- 1st – Barbra begins recording sessions in LA for her forthcoming Christmas Album
- 1st – The remastered version of Funny Girl is re-released in America
- 9th – Barbra’s vocal of Someday my Prince Will Come – is added to the Anniversary edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- 23rd – Funny Girl comes to DVD for the first time
- 30th – Barbra’s second Christmas Album hits the stores titled Christmas Memories
- 4th – Barbra makes a surprise appearance at the delayed Emmy’s. She closes the show with a inspirational rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Barbra posed with the Emmy’s she won for Timeless.
- 6th – The Prince of Tides comes to DVD for the first time
- 27th – The Owl and the Pussycat is released on DVD for the first time.
- 29th – The Essential Barbra Streisand is released. Five of Barbra’s remastered albums are also re-released. These are – People, Funny Girl (Movie), The Way We Were (Solo Album), A Star is Born and The Broadway Album
- 5th – Funny Lady comes to DVD
- 6th – Christie’s New York will auction property belonging to Barbra
- 1st – Barbra is Interviewed by Costco Magazine
- 9th – Barbra and husband James Brolin attended the 54th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner
- 23rd – Robert Redford is presented with honorary Oscar by Barbra at the Academy Awards
- 27th – Barbra’s Mother Passes aged 93
- 29th – Barbra is headliner at the National Democratic Gala in Los Angeles. She performs a handful of songs – including the controversial parody of The Way We Were.
- 26th – Duets – Barbra’s 59th album is released
- 12th – Radio Delilah Interviews Barbra for the first time. They discuss her new Duet CD – and Christmas. Three songs are also played – “Jingle Bells,” “On Holy Ground,” and “I Won’t Be The One To Let Go.”
- 7th – Christmas Memories receives Grammy Nomination
- 14th – Barbra and James attend premiere of A Guy Thing – in LA. It causes a media frenzy.
- 23rd – Barbra is interviewed by Delilah for the second time – a longer interview than the earlier December 12th one.
- 23rd – Barbra makes two appearances at the 75th Annual Academy Awards in LA. She presents the Oscar for Best Original Song. Eminem win’s the award.
- 2nd – Barbra appears on BBC Radio 2 – on “The Michel Legrand Story”. The main topic of discussion is Yentl.
1st – The Barbra Streisand Collection is released onto DVD. The films included in the collection are What’s Up Doc, Up the Sandbox, The Main Event and Nuts.Included is commentary by Barbra – a first. On the same day – Just For The Record was re-released by Sony.
17th – Barbra’s recipe for lemon pie is published in the Clinton Presidential Center Cookbook.
21st – Entertainment Tonight reports that Barbra has undergone a minor plastic surgery – tightening of the jaw line. The information is confirmed by Streisand’s management.
1st – Barbra’s letter to Newsweek (“Mail Call”) appears in the September 1, 2003 issue.
10th – Barbra visits Montreal, where husband James Brolin is filming “The Reagans” TV mini-series in which he plays the President Ronald Reagan. She’s spotted on the set.
23rd – The U.S. Humane Society and their Kindred Spirits program names Barbra Streisand’s recording of “Smile” – from her upcoming “The Movie Album” – as the “Official Anthem of Spirit for those who have experienced the loss of their pet.”
5th – Barbra tapes an interview with Robert Lipton for the Bravo series “Inside The Actor’s Studio.” It’s filmed at the New School of Social Research in New York City. They tape five hours, but when broadcast it will be just two hours.
14th – “The Movie Album,” Streisand’s 60th CD, is released. Also, Barbra travels to Chicago to appear as Oprah Winfrey’s guest on “Oprah.” As part of her appearance, Barbra sings “Smile” (live to a track). The one-hour interview is broadcast nationally; and additional hour – “Oprah After the Show” – is broadcast on the Oxygen Network.
22nd – Barbra responds to the fan reviews of “The Movie Album” which have been submitted and posted on her website – BarbraStreisand.com. She posts the following letter: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have so kindly sent in your reviews of ‘The Movie Album.’ I’m reading each of them in its entirety, not just the shortened version on the website, and I want to say very personally how humbled I am by the eloquence and graciousness of your response. They all touch me very deeply. I’m not in the habit of reading all of the media reviews, but your thoughts – the thoughts of the people I make records for – are very meaningful to me…thank you. Respectfully and with love, Barbra.”
30th – Barbra attended a tribute to the late Gregory Peck at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. In addition to being good friends, Barbra dedicated “The Movie Album” to the legendary star.
31st – Julien’s Auctions commences Streisand memorabilia sale of personal artifacts, costumes and collectibles on Ebay.
5th – Barbra lends her recording of “I Believe/You’ll Never Walk Alone” to “It’s Still Okay To Dream,” a compilation CD to benefit the Save The Children charity.
8th – Barbra’s recording of “Smile” is featured over the end credits for the Julia Roberts’ film, “Mona Lisa Smile.”
5th – Barbra is nominated for a Grammy award for her latest CD, “The Movie Album.” She is in the category “Traditional Pop Vocal.” It’s her 38th Grammy nomination, spanning her 40+ year career.
15th – Ben Stiller announces that his next film will be a sequel to “Meet The Parents,” tentatively called “Meet The Fockers.” He reveals that his dream casting for the role of Mother Focker is Barbra Streisand.
17th – Ray Stark, producer of “Funny Girl,” “The Way We Were” and other Barbra films, dies in Los Angeles. He was 88.
21st – The “Funny Girl” Original Cast Album is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
25th – Barbra attends the Golden Globes with husband James Brolin, who was nominated for his performance in “The Reagans.” The previous night, they were also spotted at a party given by Showtime for their nominees.
27th – Dustin Hoffman signs to play Father Focker in “Meet The Fockers.” Barbra is reportedly reading the script and thinking seriously of joining the production.
31st – Daily Variety lists “Meet The Fockers” under the “Films In Production” category – with Barbra Streisand as Roz Focker.
9th – Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) names a newly renovated, state-of-the art scoring stage in Barbra’s honor. The “Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage” recognizes Barbra’s “unique contributions to both music and film.” Barbra attends the dedication with her husband, James Brolin, as well as good friends and collaborators, Marilyn and Alan Berman, David Foster and Marvin Hamlisch.
15th – Barbra and James go to Cabo San Lucas for John Travolta’s 50th birthday, a surprise party hosted by John’s wife, Kelly Preston. Although unplanned, Barbra sings a special, sexy, “Marilyn-to-JFK” version of “Happy Birthday” to Travolta, when Dan Aykroyd invites her to the stage and hands her the microphone.
6th – Barbra is given the Human Rights Campaign’s 2004 Humanitarian Award at a ceremony in Los Angeles. She presents a speech.
21st – “Inside The Actor’s Studio” airs a special two-hour interview with Barbra. In addition to sharing insights about her life and work, she also speaks with students about acting and directing. Host Robert Lipton gives Barbra a certificate declaring that she has been named an official Member of the Actor’s Studio.
23rd – The ratings are in for Streisand’s “Inside The Actor’s Studio.” It’s the biggest audience ever for the Bravo series, more than one million total viewers.
16th – “The Movie Album” is certified platinum by the RIAA. It’s Barbra’s 30th platinum record. This also marks her 49th gold album, more than any other female recording artist, and second only to Elvis Presley.
25th – Rumors surface that George Clooney is wooing Barbra for a significant “cameo” in the sequel to “Ocean’s 11,” “Ocean’s 12.”
3rd – The Barbra Shop, a gallery and memorabilia shop devoted to Barbra Streisand, opens in Palm Springs, CA. It’s the creation of long-time fan Louis Papalas.
6th – “Extra” runs the first shots of Barbra in costume filming “Meet The Fockers” in Southern California.
25th – USA Today does the first official story about the filming of “Meet The Fockers,” including a portrait of the Byrnes and Fockers.
30th – Universal Pictures launches the “Meet The Fockers” website.
5th – “Her Name Is Barbra,” the live online auction of Streisand collectibles and artifacts, gives thousands of fans a chance to participate simultaneously on the Internet. The event raises over a half million dollars for charities supported by the Streisand Foundation.
7th – The fundraising concert for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, in which Barbra and Neil Diamond were set to perform, is postponed because of the death of former President Ronald Reagan.
22nd – Barbra is included in interviews about movie music for the TV special “AFI 100 Songs.” In addition, to appearing, four Streisand film songs make the top 100: #46: Don’t Rain on My Parade; #16: Evergreen; #13: People; and #8: The Way We Were.
24th – Streisand performs at the rescheduled fundraising concert for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. She tells the USA Today, “I’m working for John Kerry because I believe this is the most important election of our lifetime. In a climate of national and economic insecurity, we are looking for a leader with the intellect and courage to set this country back on the right course.” At the concert, Barbra sang “Smile,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “People,” and “I Believe.” With Neil Diamond, she also did “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” According to the NY Times, Barbra wore “a lacy black gown with a plunging V-neck and greenish fringe hanging off the back.” They also wrote: “Streisand, who entered and exited from stage left, the opposite side from everyone else, did the longest set, interrupting her songs with political riffs… [she] crooned at center stage, where a stool, table, vase with red roses, teapot and cup had been placed for her performance, while Mr. Diamond sang from remote stage right, walking into the spotlight only for the final chorus, and the tender kiss the two shared afterwards.”
1st – The DVD of “The Concert Live at the MGM Grand,” is certified both gold and platinum by RIAA.
23rd – The teaser for “Meet The Fockers” begins appearing on screens around America. It includes Barbra’s legendary vocal of “The Way We Were” over images from “Meet The Parents,” followed by a few scenes from the sequel.
15th – The Ain’t It Cool website reports that focus groups are giving high marks to “Meet The Fockers.”
17th – Rumors fly that Barbra will appear as a guest on the NBC sitcom “Will and Grace.”
19th – Barbra and James attend the Emmys Awards, where he is nominated as Lead Actor in a Mini-Series of Movie for his performance as Ronald Reagan in “The Reagans.”
20th – Coverage of the Emmy awards includes Barbra exclusive interview with “Extra.” The interview is conducted by their special correspondent Caleigh Peters, Barbra’s goddaughter.
29th – The NBC cartoon sitcom “Father of the Pride” features an animated Barbra Streisand. However, it’s not Barbra voice and the cartoon is pathetically unfunny.
16th – Sony UK decides to release both Streisand Christmas albums – “A Christmas Album” and “Christmas Memories” – in one boxed set called “The Christmas Collection.”
19th – The official trailer for “Meet The Fockers” debuts on Access Hollywood.
19th – Barbra and James Brolin endure the pouring rain to attend the dedication of the William Clinton President Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.
2nd – Barbra participates with the other principals from “Meet The Fockers” in an all-day press junket to promote the film.
3rd – Caleigh Peters gets the lone solo interview with Barbra from the “Fockers” press junket. It airs on “Extra” and Barbra expresses her happiness about how the film has turned out.
12th – On the broadcast of the Moving Image Museum tribute to John Travolta, Barbra appears via video with her own salute to Travolta.
14th – “All Night Long” released on DVD.
16th – Dick Guttman, Streisand’s publicist, released the following statement regarding the rumors in the tabloid press concerning Barbra’s health: “During a routine colonoscopy earlier this year, Barbra Streisand’s doctor discovered a benign polyp. The removal of the single polyp was done earlier this month, and its benign nature was reaffirmed.”
17th – “Meet The Fockers” premieres at the Universal Amphitheater in L.A. Barbra attends with James Brolin.