Barbra Streisand visits the capital
Barbra Streisand visits the capital -- The singer's recent visit with Bill Clinton included perks like a dinner with Janet Reno, a tour of the National Archives, and more
Bill Clinton is an F.O.B. — Friend of Barbra. During her recent week-long visit to the nation’s capital, Streisand reportedly gave the President a tape of her new album, Back to Broadway, due June 29, and he treated her like a visiting head of state. The highlights:
Vice President Al Gore helped Streisand get deep inside the National Archives to pore over the rarely shown Emancipation Proclamation. While touring the Archives, she also tracked down the secret surveillance files on Nick Arnstein, husband of Fanny Brice, whom she played in Funny Girl (Omar Sharif played Nick). Arnstein was a gambler and convicted embezzler who spent 18 months in federal prison.
At the Library of Congress, she inspected original scores by Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein as well as mint recordings of her own albums. When she remarked she didn’t own a listenable copy of the Funny Girl soundtrack, the archivist vowed to make her a tape.
She dined at Citronelle with Attorney General Janet Reno. FBI agents report that more passersby shook Reno’s hand than asked for Streisand’s autograph.
The singer’s next visit to Washington could create even more of a stir — if Streisand, the President, and the First Lady all attend the $1,000-plate premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park at the National Building Museum June 9.