Singer Barbra Streisand has been having a very rough start to the new year.
The actress, singer, and filmmaker, now 79-years-old, has had a career that has spanned over six decades. She has appeared in 1968’s “Funny Girl,” 1976’s “A Star Is Born,” and 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”
Throughout her time in the industry, she has made a lot of great friends and colleagues. However, in the past few weeks, Streisand has lost more than her fair share of coworkers. Instead of filling her Instagram post with photos of her family, all of her latest posts seem to be tributes to those who have passed on.
Peter Bogdanovich was a director, writer, actor, producer, critic, and film historian. He was dubbed one of the “New Hollywood” directors and created popular comedies like “The Last Picture Show” in 1971, “What’s Up, Doc?” in 1972, “Paper Moon” in 1973, and “They All Laughed” in 1981.
He also worked on TV shows like “The Sopranos,” “Cybill,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”
On Thursday, Barbara posted several black and white shots of the pair together. “Peter always made me laugh!” she wrote. “He’ll keep making them laugh up there too. May he rest in peace.”
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 6, 2022
One fan commented, “Read that What’s Up Doc is not one of your favorite films. BUT OMG! It’s my all-time favorite comedy. Can’t begin to tell you how it’s pulled me through so many bad times. Honestly, it’s one of your best movies ever. I’m so glad you are part of Peter Bogdanovich’s legacy.”
“This is one of my favorite movies you ever made,” another fan shared. “I appreciate you and him and what you created together.”
Actor Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor, film director, and ambassador. In 1964, he came the first Black person and the first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also won a Grammy, three Golden Globe Awards, and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.
In his candid memoir, “The Measure of A Man,” Poitier wrote of the struggle to find work in the entertainment industry, writing, “Broadway had almost nothing for a black man.” However, his struggle to break racial barriers in the entertainment industry has made him an inspiration to many.
Dearest Sidney, you were a gentle giant in life, in politics, and in the movies. You will remain in our hearts and on our screens forever. May you rest in peace. ⁰With fond memories,
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 7, 2022
On Friday, Streisand wrote, “Dearest Sidney, you were a gentle giant in life, in politics, and in the movies. You will remain in our hearts and on our screens forever. May you rest in peace. With fond memories, Barbra.”
Donna Karan commented on the tribute, writing, “Such an. Amazing man from the first time I saw him in the movies in 70s his softness kindness and brilliance was so real and proceeded till now and will live on forever Sidney will always be in our hearts as you touched us all may you Rest In Peace.”
“What a lovely way to remember him,” another fan commented. “He had such grace and strength.”
Yesterday, songwriter Marilyn Bergman passed away at the age of 93 from respiratory failure. She and her husband Alan Bergman were the lyricists and songwriters behind many classic songs.
The couple collaborated with Marvin Hamlisch to write “The Way We Were,” which was performed by Barbra Streisand in the film of the same name. Turner Classic Movies once dubbed the song “one of the most recognizable songs in the world.”
The couple and Hamlisch also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 46th Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1974, and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1975. The National Endowment for the Arts and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) once ranked the song in the top 365 “Songs of the Century.”
Marilyn and Alan Bergman were like family, as well as brilliant lyricists.
We met over 60 years ago backstage at a little night club, and never stopped loving each other and working together.
Their songs are timeless, and so is our love.
May she rest in peace.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) January 8, 2022
Yesterday, Barbara posted a photo of herself standing with the couple. “Marilyn and Alan Bergman were like family, as well as brilliant lyricists,” she wrote. “We met over 60 years ago backstage at a little night club, and never stopped loving each other and working together.”
“Their songs are timeless, and so is our love,” she added. “May she rest in peace. With love, Barbra.”
Carole B. Sager commented on the post, writing, “Too much loss. My deepest condolences to you. The love you had for each other will forever remain in your heart. The beauty of your collaborations are timeless. May she forever RIP condolences to Alan, Julie, and their family.”