Barbra Streisand Talks Cloning Dogs, Directing Movies and More

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Malibu’s legendary Barbra Streisand 

One of Malibu’s more famous residents—the legendary Barbra Streisand—spoke to Variety about a range of topics, from the #MeToo movement to cloning her dogs.

Yes, you read that correctly. Her two dogs, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett, were cloned using cells from Samantha, her 14-year-old Coton de Tulear who died in 2017, according to the magazine. Her third dog, named Miss Fanny, is a distant cousin of the two.

As a director, actor and composer, her work is a point of a pride. Streisand was a trailblazer, creating a path for other women to take on more roles in Hollywood. She notes, however, the difficulty of making her way in the United States versus Europe.

“ … They totally respected me, accepted me, as a first-time director,” Streisand said to Variety about her European reception.

In the U.S., she had trouble navigating the “boys club” culture.

More recently, she was in the running to direct the 2015 hit “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer; the role eventually went to Ted Melfi.

As for returning to Broadway, don’t hold your breath—Streisand said she wouldn’t be returning due to stage fright. 

Here in Malibu, she screens movies in the living room of her guest house but occasionally ventures out to the multiplex in the Valley with “little spring rolls, great ice-cream sundaes and truffle French fries.”