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Trivia / A Star Is Born (1976)

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  • AFI's 100 Years… 100 Songs:
    • "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – #16
  • Directed by Cast Member: According to several Barbra Streisand bios, she directed a few minor scenes herself, after she and Frank Pierson disagreed over the necessity of those scenes.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • Director Frank Pierson was so angered by his experience working with Barbra Streisand on this film, that he wrote a first person account, published in both New York and New West magazines, detailing what a horrible experience it had been. Pierson portrayed his star as egocentric, manipulative, and controlling. The article was published just prior to the film's release in December 1976 and Streisand and Pierson have never worked together again.
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    • Kris Kristofferson also didn't get along with the director. According to Kris, Pierson, himself a World War II veteran, looked down on Kristofferson for being in the Army, but not going to war in Vietnam. Kristofferson later said: "I was too drunk to give a shit."
    • Regarding his leading lady, Kristofferson said: "Filming with Streisand is an experience which may have cured me of the movies."
  • Jossed: Kris Kristofferson denied modelling his character on Jim Morrison:
    That's a good idea but it's not true. I don't think I ever met Morrison. A lot of people said we looked alike – shirts off, beards – but that washed-up rock star was more about me.
  • Real-Life Relative: Kris Kristofferson's then wife Rita Coolidge appears as herself.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Barbra Streisand wanted her leading man to be either Marlon Brando or Elvis Presley. Mick Jagger and Neil Diamond were also considered. Elvis didn't like the idea of playing a has been rock star.
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    • Cher, Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross were considered for the role of Esther Hoffman.
    • Ed Asner was considered for Brian.
    • Streisand also approached Grammy-winner Janis Ian ("At Seventeen") about working on the film's music. Ian recalled later that their initial phone conversation did not go well, as she didn't understand that Streisand wanted to collaborate on the songs (as opposed to having Ian do it all herself) because she didn't think of Streisand as a songwriter.
  • Working Title: Rainbow Road.


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