Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker.
“I love coffee ice cream, and we go to friends’ houses and I can’t resist even the bread,” the legendary singer said on today’s “The Dr. Oz Show.” “I am a food addict. Tell you the truth. I am literally a food addict. I cannot stay away from foods that I love, which are bad for me — you know, like carbs that are bad. So I’m still a work in progress, as far as nutrition.”
Streisand said that when women with heart disease show up with symptoms that look nothing like their male counterparts, they can “go misdiagnosed and therefore untreated, and therefore you could go home the next day after the doctor has said take an antacid or an aspirin. And then, a lot of women, stories that I’ve heard, the next day they’re dead in their living room because they weren’t taken seriously again.”
Streisand encouraged women to take themselves seriously, even if doctors don’t.
“Women should understand that because they now go to work and take care of the family, really, they’re the center of the family. They will put other things ahead of themselves, so they have to know: Get heart checked,” she told Oz. “When you go to your doctor, you ask for an EKG, tell them your family history. Know your cholesterol, your blood pressure and so forth.”
Streisand also shared a home remedy for colds that she learned from her mother.
“When I was a kid, my mother used to put mustard plasters on me,” she said. “You take a sheet, you rip it, you make a sheet. You make dried mustard with hot water. You put it in between the two pieces of fabric, and you put it on your chest and on your back, and that got rid of your cough. I bet you that is better than what they have today.”
In the Sixties, she briefly worked out with London-based trainer Lotte Berk, known as The Ogre of Yoga, who devised a punishing regime of yoga, ballet and orthopaedic exercises. Barbra quickly dropped out of the classes.
The following decade she attended the infamous Beverly Hills aerobic studio, Body Design. Fellow star Cher noted that Barbra grudgingly did very few workouts (‘She would do two little things and then walk around and talk’).
Barbra working some moves in the 1979 comedy The Main Event
In the Eighties, she flirted with Pilates, but 17 years ago she finally admitted her antipathy towards working out, when personal trainer to the stars Kathy Kaehler took her on as a client.
Barbra installed exercise equipment in her Malibu mansion, then threw it out claiming it looked tacky. ‘Exercise had to go in favour of aesthetics,’ she said.
She even hates doing vocal exercises, admitting: ‘I’m terrible about warming up. That’s just too boring for me.’
LEMON JUICE AND LIGHTER SKIN
One of the most iconic movie images of Barbra is from the movie Funny Girl, her face slathered with cream, rubbing her elbows and knees with lemons as James Caan looks on in dismay.
It is no joke, however. Lemon is a natural astringent for the face and it fades age spots or pigmentation — a tip Barbra has carried with her ever since.
By putting her elbows in lemon halves or applying them to her knees, she lightens the dark areas. Another trick she uses is instructing photographers to take pictures from the left side of her face only, which she considers to be the more flattering — a tip she is understood to have picked up from the photographer Richard Avedon.