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Barbra Streisand Appears On 'The Tonight Show' For First Time In 50 Years, Sings Duet With Jimmy Fallon: VIDEO

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Last night, the Funny Girl herself made her first trip back to The Tonight Show since 1963 when she was only 21 and Johnny Carson was the host. Streisand was current host Jimmy Fallon's only guest, making the entire show a celebration of all things Babs. Streisand is promoting her new album of duets and since some of her "Partners" in song (including Elvis Presley, Blake Shelton and Michael Buble) could not be there to croon alongside her, Fallon stepped in to fill their shoes without missing a beat. 

Watch clips of Streisand singing solo, with Fallon and also dishing on her historic return to Studio 6B, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Barbra Streisand Duets with Gay Son Jason Gould in Featurette for New Album 'Partners': VIDEO

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Barbra Streisand and her son Jason Gould appear together on Streisand's new album Partners, on which she duets with 12 well-known male vocalists.

As a preview to the set, Streisand has released a featurette of her recording sessions and performances with Gould, and says that she discovered he could sing after hearing him humming through his bedroom door.

Gould and Streisand perform the Irving Berlin standard "How Deep is the Ocean" on Partners.

Check out their preview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Barbra Streisand and John Legend Deliver Smooth Duet in 'What Kind of Fool': LISTEN

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The Funny Lady and the "All of Me" crooner joined forces to do a cover of "What Kind of Fool", a song that Streisand originally recorded with Bee Gees singer and songwriter Barry Gibb in 1980. Producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds told NPR of the collaboration between Legend and Streisand,

"Their mutual respect was evident from the start. When Barbra heard the passion in John's vocal performance, it truly inspired the way she shaped her own vocals. As a record producer, sitting in the studio hearing these two magical voices playing off each other, pouring through the speakers, was an incredible feeling. There really are no words to explain the kind of emotion you feel when you realize you're capturing that kind of lightning in a bottle."

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Barbra Streisand Speaks Out About Attempts To Get ‘The Normal Heart’ Made

6a00d8341c730253ef01538e5bc91f970b-250wiWith the HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart due out next month, Barbra Streisand is speaking out about charges leveled against her by Kramer, namely that she is to blame for a film version of the play not being made sooner, even going so far as to call her a ‘hypocrite’ on gay rights. Streisand told The Hollywood Reporter:

In the press, Larry kept speaking out against me. But I think it's unfair to keep blaming me for the movie not getting made. I worked on it for 25 years, without pay. Larry had the rights for the last 15 years and he couldn't get it made, either. Those are the facts.

In 2007, he sent me a note before giving the project to another director, asking me again if I wanted to direct it -- but only with his screenplay. As a filmmaker, I couldn't have my hands tied like that. What if I needed changes? Sadly, I turned his offer down and wished him well.

I will always believe in Larry's play and its powerful theme about everyone's right to love. It's been 28 years since I tried to get this piece made … so much has happened since. But I'm glad it's finally here. 

Kramer has previously accused Streisand of re-working the play to focus on the character of the doctor, whom she was originally set to play, marginalizing the gay characters. For her part, Streisand has said that Kramer’s script was not cinematic enough and refused to be tied down artistically by his draft. The HBO version, which stars Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Mark Ruffalo among others, was directed by Ryan Murphy and premieres May 25th.


What To Watch This Week on TV: Sound of Music; Gaga for Thanksgiving; Babs in Brooklyn - VIDEO

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Check out our weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— Skip the Black Friday crowds and settle in with a legend. Relive Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn on Great Performances, Friday at 9 p.m. Eastern on PBS.

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Gay Iconography: Does Judy Still Matter?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a new feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. So far we've looked at two pivotal television figures from the '90s (Rickie Vasquez from 'My So-Called Life' and Roseanne), but this week we tackle the heaviest of heavy hitters.

Any conversation about gay icons of past, present or future would simply be incomplete without mention of the legendary Judy Garland.

Whether it was the voice, the glamour, the tragedy or the ugly-duckling mentality, Judy has become the archetype for everything we expect a gay icon to be. While some younger generations may not identify as strongly with Judy personally, hers is the story we measure all other icons against.

Take a stroll down the old yellow brick road, relive some moments from Garland's career, and share your thoughts, AFTER THE JUMP...

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