Barbra Streisand has addressed her rumoured feud with the legendary Judy Garland in her new memoir, My Name Is Barbra.
In the candid book, in which the 81-year-old singer and actress sheds light on her journey into superstardom and the ups and downs of her glittering decades-long career, she delves into the rumour that there was an issue between her and the iconic star.
Judy was Hollywood’s darling, dominating the big screen in some of the industry’s biggest films, most famously in the role of Dorothy in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz.
Barbra burst onto the scene and became a household name in the early 1960s. She had huge recording success and later starred in critically acclaimed films such as Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The rumour mill went into overdrive that Judy was incensed by the “new girl’s” fame, which threatened to eclipse her own.
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It didn’t help that when the pair got together for their first public appearance on The Judy Garland Show in 1963, Barbra made a “small request” where she asked the host: “Can I replace you?”
However, what appeared to be a dig was actually prewritten.
Barbra explained in her book: “That was scripted dialogue, written by Mel or one of the writers and given to me to say because they thought it would get a laugh.
“And somehow, over the years, this has been twisted into a totally different story… that I came out on stage and really meant that!”
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She slammed the reports that she and Judy, whose lifelong substance abuse led to her death from an accidental barbiturate overdose in 1969, at the age of 47, were at war as “ridiculous”.
Barbra said her memoir will finally allow fans to “know the truth” about her fascinating life.
“One of the reasons I wrote the book is to talk about the myths about me,” Barbra said in an interview with Gayle King CBS Sunday Morning.
Barbra, who has been married to actor James Brolin for 25 years, also said that while she was happy to go into detail about her career, she was not keen about spilling the beans on her love life.
However, the book will detail her relationships with Don Johnson, Ryan O’Neal, Andre Agassi and former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau.
She has also admitted in the book that she shared a “flirty” relationship with an “utterly charming” King Charles.
My Name Is Barbra is now available in bookshops and on Amazon.
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