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Monday, 17 January, 2000, 17:45 GMT
'No more concerts' says Streisand

Farewell to all that: Barbra Streisand

Entertainer Barbra Streisand has told a US magazine she does not want to play any more concerts, following her record-breaking New Year's Eve show in Las Vegas.

She told the weekly TV Guide magazine in an interview conducted immediately after the show at the MGM Grand - which took box office receipts of $14m - that she was sick of press criticism and rumours about her private life.

I don't like performing; I feel like I'm in a beauty pageant, like I'm 18 and strutting around the stage
Barbra Streisand
"This is the last time I'm going to do any kind of concert. I said to my husband, 'I don't like performing; I feel like I'm in a beauty pageant, like I'm 18 and strutting around the stage,'" she said.

The 57-year-old performer said she was usually "sick to my stomach" before going on stage, but felt more confident before the Las Vegas show.

"My priorities are different now. I don't have to be perfect. I was looking at an article written about me when I was 29, and it quotes me as saying, 'I want to be the best at everything.'

"That was my goal. Now I'd like to be the best person, wife and mother.

"I'm not that ambitious any more. I just like my privacy. I wish I really wasn't talked about at all."

Despite her wish to give up touring, she is due to go ahead with shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, in March - her first-ever outside North America or the UK.

She attacked press stories about her - dismissing reports she would not allow staff at the MGM Grand to look at her as "crap".

Barbra Streisand: 'Truth alert' on her website
"We started a 'truth alert' on my website because of silly stories like these. I can't even discuss it, it's so stupid. Do you think I'm some sort of crazy diva? I do my own makeup, my hairdresser's been with me for 20 years.

"I don't know why it is that we need to denigrate, to knock down. It's so unhealthy for the culture. It's so sick."

Streisand, who married actor James Brolin in 1998, shot to fame on the New York stage in the 1960s. She then went on to enormous success as both a singer and actress, but she rarely sang on stage, and she is well known for resenting the way she is treated by the media.

She reiterated her backing for President Bill Clinton, saying: "I think he is a great president. He's done wonderful things for people and the economy. What difference does it make what somebody does in the bedroom or the office?"

But she refused to back either vice-president Al Gore or his rival for the Democratic nomination, Bill Bradley, to succeed him as president.

"Gore actually called from Air Force One. I couldn't take the call. I was in the middle of something," she said.

"Both guys are good. Why do I have to back anybody yet?"

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