The show's producer denies the rumor, but a well-placed source says she's in talks to perform
Barbra Streisand
Credit: Barbra Streisand: Walter McBride/Retna

Talk about the third time being a charm for the Emmys: Producers are in serious talks with Barbra Streisand about performing on the twice-rescheduled show set for Sunday night on CBS, a key source tells

Emmy producer Gary Smith vehemently denies the ”rumor,” adding ”I wish it were true.” But a source close to the show says that Streisand — who’s up for an Emmy for her Fox special that aired on Valentine’s Day — has been asked to perform in one of two patriotic musical numbers that will open and close the show. Her appearance would make sense given her longstanding relationship with Smith, who produced the ”Timeless” special for Fox as well as her other major shows.

”This would be a big deal,” says Emmy historian Tom O’Neil. ”She’s one of the most notorious reclusives and if she shows, it will truly make it special. She’s a bona fide superstar.”

Worries about security could keep the chanteuse away from the Shubert Theatre Sunday, however, so sources say Smith may be keeping his options open. Still, it would mark a homecoming of sorts for Streisand, who declared in 1965 that the Emmys were one of her favorite awards shows when she took home five statuettes for her first TV special ”My Name is Barbra. She won another five in 1995 for her HBO special ”Barbra Streisand The Concert.” ”The Emmys put her on the map,” says O’Neil of her appearance on the show 36 years ago. ”It was her first national exposure.”