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Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand's 1976 Duet Was So Good That It Still Leaves People in Awe

Monica Otayza
Sep 16, 2021
04:01 A.M.
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The movie “A Star Is Born” has had several other versions, but the film with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson is one of the most memorable ones due to the duet they performed.

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Before Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga stunned fans on "A Star Is Born," there was once a version that featured Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. It was a 1976 film that stunned its audiences due to the stellar performances from the actors. 

The very first version of the film came out in 1937, and it revolved around the story of a young singer falling in love with an established rockstar. It starred Janet Maynor and Fredrick March. 

Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson performing a song together | Photo: Youtube/Dugsbugs1

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SEVERAL MOVIE REMAKES

Again, in 1954, Judy Garland and James Mason appeared in the first movie remake. Then in 1976, Streisand and Kristofferson starred in the film's third version. 

So memorable was the chemistry between Streisand and Kristofferson that in 2019, they reunited to sing their famous duet of "Lost Inside of You." To those unfamiliar with the song, it's the "Shallow" of their time. 

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THEIR SURPRISING REUNION

Streisand first sang "Evergreen" from the movie soundtrack before welcoming her leading man on-stage. The crowd of 65,000 was delighted with the duet and sang along as well. 

Kristofferson also performed earlier in the night at the sold-out concert, but their duet was still something that excited fans as it was a rare occurrence that the two stars were together on the same stage again. 

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STREISAND AND KRISTOFFERSON'S VERSION

The '70s version gained recognition not only by their fans and viewers but also by the movie industry. It bagged several awards, from the Grammys, the Golden Globes to the Academy Awards. 

The pair’s extraordinary delivery of their love song “Evergreen,” which was written by Streisand and Paul Williams, was first presented in a music studio in the movie.

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PROUD OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In a previous interview, Kristofferson spoke highly about the 1976 classic. However, instead of highlighting himself, he decided to highlight Streisand instead. He said:

"I have always been proud of that one, but I give most of the credit to Barbra."

Barbra Streisand on April 29, 2017 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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A NEW GENERATION OF VIEWERS

More recently, Cooper and Lady Gaga's version also received a lot of praise from critics and fans alike. Their version of "Evergreen" and "Lost Inside of You" was a top hit and was frequently played on radio stations for months. 

Cooper, who wrote the 2018 version of the film, would often credit the 1976 version for making the film a success. He spoke about it often with nothing but high praise. 

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THE NEWEST FILM

The 2018 version of the film was similar to the previous ones, with the same story plot. It portrayed the discovery of a young and talented singer by an experienced musician and their journey towards stardom. 

In a bid to make the movie appealing to younger viewers, Cooper made some changes in some details with respect to the character and scenes. Still, he followed the chronological order of his predecessors in the theme and plot of the movie.

Bradley Cooper at Roy Thomson Hall on September 09, 2019 in Toronto, Canada | Photo: Getty Images

Nowadays, Streisand has been busy with the release of her upcoming memoir. The singer, who once received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, opens up about the significant role of Jacqueline Kennedy in her life in the new book.

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