Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga make very different music, however, they both starred in versions of A Star Is Born. Streisand has been famously outspoken about her thoughts on other famous people. This raises an interesting question: What did Streisand think of Gaga’s version of the story? In addition, which version of the story made more money at the box office and produced more pop hits?
Did Barbra Streisand like Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’?
Firstly, a little background. Streisand starred in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born while Gaga starred in the 2018 version. What did Streisand think of the more recent film? “I haven’t seen it completed,” she told The New York Times. “Bradley [Cooper] did show me the opening. I was surprised by how similar it was to my version. I loved how he used the drag bar. I thought that was new and interesting. What I’ve seen of the film I really liked.”
Streisand told E! News she gave Gaga some advice for her remake. “Yeah, a little bit, I told her to do it live, and she wanted to do it live, so that’s good because that’s the best way to do it,” Streisand said. “But their songs are different… it’s a good movie, it’s gonna be a hit.” She added “It starts like my old movie, with the concert and he goes to a club and finds her. But they were able to put some new things in it which I liked.”
Which version of the movie earned more money?
Streisand predicted the newest version of A Star Is Born would be a hit. Was she correct? According to Box Office Mojo, the movie earned $436 million against a budget of $36 million. How does this compare to Streisand’s version of the same story? Box Office Mojo reports that the film earned $80 million without specifying its budget. Of course, decades passed between the two versions and inflation changed the value of the dollar, so it’s not exactly fair to compare the grosses of each film. However, it’s clear they were both hits.
Which version of ‘A Star Is Born’ produced more pop hits?
It might be fairer to compare the two versions of A Star Is Born in regards to how each film’s music performed on the pop charts. Streisand’s version of A Star is Born produced a single hit on the Billboard Hot 100: “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born).” The track reached No. 1 on the chart. In addition, it gained further notoriety for appearing on the tribute album Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute.
On the other hand, Gaga’s version of the story produced three hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Shallow,” “I’ll Never Love Again,” and “Always Remember Us This Way.” Those songs respectively reached No. 1, No. 41, and No. 36 on the chart. Both versions of the story resonated commercially, but one produced more hit singles.