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''A Star Is Born'' is a 1976 film directed by Frank Pierson, starring Music/BarbraStreisand and Kris Kristofferson.

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''A Star Is Born'' is a 1976 film directed by Frank Pierson, starring Music/BarbraStreisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Creator/KrisKristofferson.


This is the third of four versions of ''A Star Is Born'', previous movies having been made in [[Film/AStarIsBorn1937 1937]] and [[Film/AStarIsBorn1954 1954]] and a fourth released in [[Film/AStarIsBorn2018 2018]].

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This is the third of four versions of ''A Star Is Born'', previous movies having been made in [[Film/AStarIsBorn1937 1937]] and [[Film/AStarIsBorn1954 1954]] and a fourth released in [[Film/AStarIsBorn2018 2018]]. \n However, neither this, nor any other version [[SimilarlyNamedWorks has any relation to]] the 1948 film ''Film/ASongIsBorn''.



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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: John Norman Howard as his career goes into a terminal slide. He is humiliated in one scene where a reporter calls up and mistakes him for Esther's secretary.

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* WhiteDwarfStarlet: John Norman Howard as his career goes into a terminal slide. He is humiliated in one scene where a reporter calls up and mistakes him for Esther's secretary.secretary.
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* LoveTheme: "Evergreen (Love Theme from ''A Star is Born'')" plays over John and Esther's romantic scenes.

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''A Star Is Born'' is a 1976 film directed by Frank Pierson, starring Music/BarbraStreisand and Kris Kristofferson.

John Norman Howard (Kristofferson) is a big rock star. He also has a severe case of alcoholism which has sent his career into decline. One night after showing up late and drunk for a concert and leaving early, he makes his way to a bar where he sees an aspiring young singer named Esther Hoffman (Streisand). He is impressed by her talent and more impressed when she rescues him from the bar brawl that ensues.

He escorts her home. She refuses to let him in but they agree to meet the next morning. Eventually, after Howard makes a mess of himself at another concert, they meet again and fall in love. Howard invites her onstage at one of his concerts, and Esther is a huge hit. She becomes a big star, headlining a tour, winning a Grammy. Unfortunately John's downward spiral continues, even after he and Esther get married--his band fires him, he shows up drunk at the Grammy ceremony and humiliates Esther, Esther catches him in bed with a reporter. Eventually they reconcile, but tragedy awaits.

This is the third of four versions of ''A Star Is Born'', previous movies having been made in [[Film/AStarIsBorn1937 1937]] and [[Film/AStarIsBorn1954 1954]] and a fourth released in [[Film/AStarIsBorn2018 2018]].

Creator/GaryBusey plays Bobbie, one of Howard's flunkies.

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* TheAlcoholic: John's drinking is out of control--he gets drunk at concerts, he's drunk at the Grammys. Eventually it destroys him.
* AmbiguousSituation: In all of the other three versions of this movie, the male lead clearly commits suicide at the end. In this version it's unclear whether John kills himself on purpose or whether he dies accidentally from extremely reckless driving.
* AwardShow: Esther wins a Grammy. John makes a drunken spectacle of himself at the ceremony.
* BarBrawl: Esther and John meet when he gets into a fight at the bar where she's singing and she rescues him.
* BittersweetEnding: John dies in a car crash but Esther will go on.
* CreditsGag: Esther's clothes are Barbra Streisand's actual clothes. So the credit at the end reads "Miss Streisand's clothes from...her closet."
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: John goes to bed with a sexy reporter from ''Rolling Stone'' magazine, but at least technically does not cheat on Esther, because he can't get it up.
* MeetCute: Esther rescues John from a BarBrawl by taking him out the back door.
* TheRockStar: John Norman Howard, a big rock star--or at least he was a big rock star but his career is circling down the drain as he drowns in alcohol.
* SettingUpdate: This third version of the story is set in the music world, while the first two were stories about the movies. (The 2018 version was also a music story.)
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: When John isn't drunk he's snorting cocaine given to him by Bobbie.
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: John Norman Howard as his career goes into a terminal slide. He is humiliated in one scene where a reporter calls up and mistakes him for Esther's secretary.

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