Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland's Decades-Old Duet Still Charms Fans
It’s been over 50 years since Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland performed a duet of “Happy Days Are Here Again,” yet fans still have the same excitement and feeling every time they listen to it.
The iconic duet of Hollywood’s most accomplished artists, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, is over 50 years old, yet their performance still gives their fans goosebumps.
The two singers sang in 1963, when Streisand made a guest appearance on “The Judy Garland Show,” discussing her first Grammy-winning album and about filming “Funny Girl.” They, later on, performed the classic hit “Happy Days Are Here Again” (Get Happy), amusing the audience with their incredible duo.
In 2012, Streisand opened up about her guesting on “The Judy Garland Show,” where she shared how she felt than in comparison to her older years. In the interview, she said:
“She was holding my hand and I thought, ‘Gee, she seems nervous.’ At that time, I wasn’t nervous. I was still very young, I think, about to do “Funny Girl," and now, when I think back on it, I think, ’Oh, my God, I know exactly what she’s feeling.'”
"It’s like, as you get older and people are kind of looking for you to fail more, I think—not people, not the audience—but, you know, critics or producers or whatever. And I just felt her. I felt her anxiety,” she continued.
"Part of me is much more relaxed than I’ve ever been, less frightened, less anxious. On the other hand, it’s a coming-of-age-thing, and she was much younger than I am, but there are things with careers… I just understand the anxiety even though in a sense I’m calmer. It’s a dichotomy.”
Streisand was only 21 during her guesting, while Garland was almost twice her age at 41, suffering from stage fright from her younger years to her later years.
Sid Luft, her husband, shared that she once was “standing over a toilet and violently retching” before a concert.
Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, also ventures into a career in acting, despite her mother discouraging them from choosing that path.
The legendary actress’ granddaughter, Vanessa Richards, did not choose the same career but inherited her grandmother’s beauty. She is studying to be a chef but brings with her the aura of her Garland wherever she goes.