“Barbra Streisand at the MGM Grand for New Year’s. Much hilarity as she was making one of her golf-cart assisted treks through the corridors. Security ordered, ‘No one is to look at Barbra Streisand!’ Pedestrians turned their faces to the wall. Among them Tommy Tune, who was in Vegas with his own New Year’s show and found the whole thing a riot! Tune worked with Streisand in Hello, Dolly! back in 1969, but he still followed orders.”
THIS STORY IS NOT TRUE IN ANY RESPECT! But we suppose the media had to find something negative to say about a show that was an absolutely sold-out success, breaking all of the records for a single concert performance in the process and eliciting a string of standing ovations from a delighted audience. No such silly demand of deference to Ms. Streisand has ever been made at any time in her career. In fact, Richard Sturm, President of MGM Entertainment, called Ms. Smith to report that numerous members of his staff remarked on Ms. Streisand’s kindness to them and her appreciation and response to their holiday greetings. Mr. Tune also advised Ms. Smith that the reference to him was pure fabrication and that nothing of the sort had happened. Ms. Smith has assured Truth Alert that she plans to issue a retraction and clarification.