Well, I wasn’t in the movie, but I was at the Los Angeles premiere party. Spider and I have been a couple for 38 years and we are musicians (Red Wedding, Smoke & Mirrors, Michael and Spider, www.michaelandspider.com). Back in 1976 (when I was 23 and Spider was 25), Spider was playing guitar on a Delaney Bramlett record, and Clydie King (one of the Oreos) was singing back-up on the same album. Clydie took a liking to Spider and told him she would be entertaining at the after-party for the “A Star Is Born” premiere in Westwood and she asked Spider if he would play guitar with her band. As it turns out, Delaney had offered Spider a chance to meet and jam with Ringo Starr (of The Beatles) that same evening, but Spider chose the Clydie gig instead, knowing what a huge fan I was of Barbra. I was not one of the performers and not on the invited guest list, but I entered the nightclub where the party was being held by pretending to be with Clydie’s band (carrying Spider’s guitar). The party was themed “A Spectacular Evening in White.” We spend the first part of the evening on the third floor of the club talking with both Clydie and Venetta Fields (the other Oreo) about their experiences working with Barbra in the film (they both couldn’t say enough wonderful things about her). Then Clydie and Spider and the band performed. Of course, the whole time was I looking around hoping to spot Barbra among all the guests, but there was no sign of her, and I was beginning to feel depressed that I wasn’t going to get to see my idol in person. After the performance, I overheard Clydie say that she was going up to the fourth floor to say hello to Barbra and we asked if we could join her and she invited us and others in the band to come along. I was so nervous! We took an elevator up to the top floor, and when the doors opened, it was like being in movie star heaven, all these famous people walking around and sitting at various tables in this large banquet room, everyone dressed in white. We passed through this room to a much smaller room at the back, a room guarded by security people. I was the last one to enter and one of the security men stopped me, but Clydie turned around just in time to see me being stopped and pulled me out of his clutches (although he did take away my small instamatic camera). At first I looked to the right of the room and there was Jon Peters and Kris Kristofferson sitting at a table having a discussion. Then I turned to the left, and there, surrounded by a small group of people was Barbra, all dressed in black. We walked right up to her and Barbra greeted Clydie with a hug and asked her if she was happy with the movie. Then Clydie introduced each of us one by one and Barbra greeted us warmly with a handshake. Then Barbra and Clydie chatted for a few minutes but I can’t tell you what was said. I was too busy just standing there (like a big star-struck geek) staring at Barbra, trying to drink in every moment of this once-in-a-lifetime experience I was having. Here in front of me was this woman I had idolized since I was ten years old (the woman who had recorded all those incredible albums, the concert and Broadway star, the woman who I had watched on the Ed Sullivan Show and in “Color Me Barbra,” the woman who had held hands with Judy Garland and sang “Happy Days Are Here Again”, the woman who had starred in “Funny Girl,” and “On A Clear Day” and “Up The Sandbox” and “The Way We Were”), and I had just been personally introduced to her and had shook her hand! I wanted to tell her how much she meant to me, how much I admired her work as a singer and an actress, how beautiful I thought she looked, but I was too nervous and afraid....and then the meeting was over....and it all seemed like a dream to me.
Today Spider and I live in Tucson, AZ (we’ve lived here for over a decade), and it was interesting for me to read these other posts about the filming of “A Star Is Born,” here in the old pueblo and up in Phoenix, so I thought I’d share my story.
I loved your story about the premiere. I remember reading in Rona Barrett's gossip column that Barbra and Jon Peters showed up all in black (Peters without a shirt underneath his black jacket!!) and Rona slightly made an "ego trip" issue out of this (I recall thinking, "well, she should stand out, she's the one everyone wants to see"). I'm surprised you didn't like the movie though. Some of Streisand's songs, particularly "With One More Looka t You" and "Woman In The Moon" are gorgeous, "Queen Bee" is a lotta fun, and I still hum "Everything" (from the club scene at the beginning) sometimes in the shower!
I just saw the 1937 version. Fredric March's exit line before going outside "hey...do you mind if I take just one more look?". When I first saw Streisand's version and she sings "With one More Look at You" in the end...I swear I got goosebumps.
i have been reading these stories and keep getting goosebumps-how wonderful they all are- especially spider and michael is it? i live in uk and sometimes think of how much we miss out on here as opposed to usa in things like this. I love this movie the music is amazing and love barbara. me and my husband always said we would go and see her anywhere if she did a concert so when the usa ones came up we splashed out and flew to atlantic city (putting ourselves in debt but felt it was worth it- needless to say tho we were a bit p***ed off when she decided to then come 10 miles from our home in manchester!!!
My sister used to lock me in bedroom and make me listen to evergreen cos it made me cry !!!!