Barbra Streisand to perform at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years
The 2013 Oscars telecast just upped the ante. The show's producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, announced on Wednesday, January 30, that two-time Oscar winner Barbra Streisand will perform on the Oscars telecast for the first time in 36 years.
It is unclear what song Streisand will perform at the show or how it will fit into the ceremony. It should be noted that Marvin Hamlisch, who composed and co-wrote the title song to "The Way We Were" as well as many other film soundtracks, died at the age of 68 in August 2012.
"I'm devastated," Streisand said in a statement about Hamlisch's death obtained by OTRC.com. "He was my dear friend. He's been in my life ever since the first day I met him in 1963, when he was my rehearsal pianist for 'Funny Girl.' He played at my wedding in 1998..."
The legendary singer has only sung at the Oscars once before in 1977, when she performed the love theme from "A Star Is Born." The film went on to win Best Original Song at the ceremony for "Evergreen" that same night.
"In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand," Zadan and Meron said in a statement. "We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year's Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years."
The 70-year-old singer and actress won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the 1968 film "Funny Girl." She and Katharine Hepburn actually tied for the win but Streisand was the only one on hand at the ceremony to collect her award.
"Hello gorgeous," Streisand said, clutching the Oscar, taking a line from her character Fanny Brice. Check out Streisand's acceptance speech here.
She was nominated again in 1973 for her performance in "The Way We Were" but lost to Glenda Jackson who won for her role in "A Touch of Class." She was also nominated for producing the Best Motion Picture nominee "The Prince of Tides," which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song "I Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces."
Streisand is the third performer announced to sing at this year's ceremony. On Monday, January 28, it was announced that Norah Jones will sing "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from the film "Ted." The song, which features lyrics by Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, is nominated for Best Original Song at the ceremony. It will be Jones's first time performing at the Oscars.
Adele will also perform at the ceremony, singing the Oscar-nominated song "Skyfall" from the James Bond film of the same name.
It was announced on January 25 that the telecast will feature a tribute to the movie musicals of the past decade.
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Check out the full list of 2013 Oscar nominees here. The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 24, 2013 on ABC, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company.