With husband James Brolin by her side, Barbra Streisand celebrated her 70th birthday Tuesday night at a star-studded dinner in Malibu, but for the legendary superstar — America’s most successful female recording artist — the moment of the evening was the gift she received from her son, Jason Gould.
Barbra told People magazine, “The highlight of the evening was my son’s film that he made for me. People kept asking, ‘Who is that singing?’ And when I said it was Jason, everyone was blown away by the beauty and soulfulness of his voice. [Record producer] Quincy Jones wanted to sign him on the spot.”
Jones was among the more than 80 guests who joined Barbra at the party, including John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Jane Fonda and Richard Perry, Warren Beatty, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Kenny G, Donna Karan, Patricia Arquette, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Smith, producer Joel Silver (“Gypsy”) and more.
Held at Taverna Tony, a Greek restaurant near Streisand’s cliffside home, party goers feasted on Mediterranean food, including hummus dip, peasant salad, homemade veal sausages, chicken breast souvlaki and roast baby lamb.
Also, from Barbra’s extended family with Jim, son-in-law Josh Brolin and his wife Diane Lane. Barbra told People, “It was an intimate magical event with only very close friends, people I’ve known and loved more than 20 years.”
Jason Gould wasn’t the only vocalist heard that night; Johnny Mathis also was in the spotlight. According to Barbra, “My friends made it an evening of surprises for me, gifting me with the performance of my favorite singer, Johnny Mathis, and many, many more highlights.”
Barbra has long said that as a teenager she fell in love with Johnny’s music. The pair did sing together once, on her album “Duets.” They did a pair of songs from “West Side Story” — “I Have A Love/One Hand, One Heart.”
Looking ahead, Barbra has talked of doing another “Duets” album in the future, mentioning singing partners like Seal, Sting and Beyonce. But that will likely be something she tackles after “Gypsy.”
And before we get to “Gypsy,” there’s the release of Barbra’s newest film, “The Guilt Trip” in November. Co-starring Seth Rogen as Barbra’s grown son, “The Guilt Trip” is a poignant comedy about family relationships. In the story, Joyce Brewster is a New Jersey widow whose life is changed (in a good way) when she accepts an invitation to accompany Andy on a cross-country road trip to Las Vegas.
“The Guilt Trip” arrives in American theaters on November 2, 2012.