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Call her Mrs. Focker

By |2018-01-15T19:42:41-05:00December 23rd, 2004|Uncategorized|


If the last half of this year has been a real drag for gays (pardon the pun), things are certainly looking up at last. No, the Ohio recount hasn’t resulted in John Kerry miraculously being proclaimed President. But there is consolation. Democratic supporter and diva extraordinaire Barbra Streisand is back on the big screen!
Friends of Dorothy have been waiting for this blessed day for almost a decade, though admittedly the vehicle Babs has chosen for her return is not one many of them would have predicted. Streisand, 62, has a supporting role in the new Ben Stiller vehicle “Meet The Fockers.” The film is the sequel to 2000’s “Meet The Parents,” in which Stiller, playing Gaylord “Greg” Focker, travels to ask his girlfriend’s father (Robert De Niro, playing ex-CIA agent Jack Byrnes) for her hand in marriage. This time Greg’s girlfriend and his future in-laws fly to Detroit – of all places – to “meet the Fockers.” Streisand plays Greg’s mom, Roz Focker, and joining her onscreen as her husband is Dustin Hoffman. The cast may be strong but still, Babs as a wacky Detroit mom?
It is said that Stiller specifically asked her to take the role. Odds are, he remembered Streisand from her 70s heyday, when quirky roles were her specialty. She may not have won her Oscars for “What’s Up, Doc” or “The Owl and the Pussy Cat” – instead she won her only acting Oscar for her first film, “Funny Girl,” in 1969 and picked up a second award for co-writing “Evergreen” from the film “A Star is Born” in 1977 – but she has never been better than in such comedic roles.
“Meet The Fockers’ is Streisand’s first film since 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” which she also directed. In fact, Streisand has only appeared in one film in the past two decades that she didn’t direct, that being 1987’s “Nuts.” Actually, Streisand has only done four films in the past 20 years and, it might surprise you to know, has only done a total of 17 films in her 35-year year film career.
Many of her fans claim that the Academy has a bias against her. In addition to her single acting award, she has only received one other acting nomination, for best actress in 1973’s “The Way We Were.” Her film “The Prince of Tides,” which she directed, received a best picture nomination in 1992. But neither of the other two films she both directed and starred in, 1983’s “Yentl” and 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” received any nominations (save for a song nomination from the latter).
Despite this, Streisand’s hardly hurting. She was the first person ever to receive a Grammy, an Emmy, an Oscar, and a Tony – and on the musical side of her career, well, there’s no competition. Streisand was named the best-selling female singer of the 20th Century. She has sold more than 68 million records, with 47 gold, 28 platinum and 13 multi-platinum.

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.