What can we say about Barbra? As a kid I loved her films including Funny Girl, What’s Up Doc, A Star is Born, The Way We Were, and on and on. I mean who doesn’t love Babs and Robert Redford together? To this day I get teary eyed every single time at the end of the movie when Barbra’s character Katie runs into Hubbell (Redford) on the street, strokes his hair out of his eye and says “Your girl is lovely, Hubbell” Even SJP’s character Carrie Bradshaw makes mention of it in one of my favorite Sex and The City episodes. It’s a bit of a toss up whether I love her more at Katie or more as Fannie Brice in her Oscar winning performance in Funny Girl. But I do know one thing, I loved her look in the 60’s and 70’s and her exagerratedly famous eye makeup had me going through more than one cake mascara and liner from my Moms makeup drawer.
So I was terribly confused when I heard that Jennifer Aniston was emulating Babs in her latest Harper’s Bazaar spread…I mean, hhmmm how do I say it delicately…..there is one part of Jen’s face that doesn’t quite measure up, if you know what I mean. But I must say that the photos are gorgeous, JA’s team did a smashing job with her transformation and it may be one of her best acting gigs (in print) yet!
Turns out Jen has a bit of a fascination with Ms Streisand “Barbra inspires me because there isn’t anything she hasn’t done that she wanted to do, especially as a female in the time when her generation was prime. She’s a true renaissance woman.” Aniston’s favorite Streisand films? “‘The Way We Were’ and ‘A Star Is Born.’ Both pretty great.”
Modeling looks inspired by Streisand’s hit film “Funny Girl,” Aniston’s philosophical about her own funny bone. “People laugh at me,” she admits, adding, “Sometimes I know why, and sometimes I don’t. But I can pretty much find humor in anything. That is a necessary part of life. I don’t want to say laughter is healing, because it sounds corny, but it’s a release.”
I have to give kudos to the stylists for pulling the most amazing Giambattista Valli , Moschino and Donna Karan dresses and coats. And let’s not forget the jaw dropping Harry Winston and Chopard jewels that Ms Jen sported. All in all the photos are incredibly well done, but I still love the photos of Isabella Rossellini as Streisand from the Kevyn Aucoin makeup book Making Faces… either way I say long live Barbra!