1969: Streisand on the Vegas Strip

From the Army Archerd Archive

From the Army Archerd Archive

July 7, 1969

GOOD MORNING: Ray Stark was missing at Barbra Streisand’s International Hotel bow, but makes his Las Vegas appearance tonight — after a N.Y. trek setting up details to talk with her re: “Owl And The Pussycat” (Col) … Richard Zanuck and “Hello Dolly’s” Ernie Lehman private-jetted up and back the same night for the (Streisand) opener at which 20th’s topper again raved about her and the pic. Barbra noted, ” ‘Dolly’ started being a musical — but now it’s a mystery!” … Miss Streisand also will pick up a previous Las Vegas commitment — at the Riviera — probably next March. She’ll play two weeks for $75,000 in settlement for the eight originally owed. That’s a long way from the $250,000 per frame at the new $58 million International … Cary Grant intro’d Barbra Streisand at her International Hotel July 4 weekend bow. Among those on hand: newlyweds Natalie Wood and Dick Gregson, and Barbra’s estranged husband Elliott Gould,. Oscar-winning songsmiths Marilyn and Alan Bergman who will again be waxed by Barbra and Michel LeGrand in Oct. … Joan Collins and Tony Newley made the one-night excursion — to hear Barbra sing one of Newley’s tunes … And Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn were talking their upcoming musical “Lilies of the Field” for which Sammy Davis Jr. would be perfect — if available … Other performers visiting Barbra from the Vegas Strip were Danny Thomas, Jim Webb, Connie Stevens, Tom Jones and Pat Boone. And celebs on hand included: Rita Hayworth, Alice Faye, Phyllis Diller, Abbe Lane and Perry Leff, Phil Ford and Mimi Hines (she replaced Barbra on B’way in “Funny Girl”), Ed Ames, Sonny Liston and Joe Louis. (2006 update: Streisand this week announced her return concertour dates. She will be back in Las Vegas and at the MGM Grand Nov. 18.)

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