Streisand, Fonda tackle motherhood in new movies -- The iconic actresses are beckoned back to the big screen playing tough mothers

By Steve Daly
August 06, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Step off, Vanessa Redgrave! The ”Nip/Tuck” diva’s not the only ball-busting mother-in-law to be played by a legend. Incoming: Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, and Barbra Streisand.

Fonda, who bolted the biz after 1990’s ”Stanley & Iris,” will return next year in ”Monster-in-Law,” as a battle-ax who tries to push son Michael Vartan away from fiancee Jennifer Lopez. Shirley MacLaine will step into the muumuus of witchcrafty in-law Endora for summer 2005’s ”Bewitched.” And, in her first film since 1996’s ”The Mirror Has Two Faces,” La Streisand will play the sex-therapist mom of Ben Stiller in ”Meet the Fockers” (Dec. 22). As the movie’s trailer reveals, she’ll be coiffed in retro, ”A Star Is Born”-style ringlet curls. Verklemmt yet?