In a grey jacket, with matching stretch trousers, she guides me past the John Singer Sargent portraits lining the stairwell and settles me in her drawing room, where I’m told to “enjoy the view for a moment” as she finishes getting dressed. A shocking-blue pool perches up on the rocks above the yawning Pacific, and on either side of the main house the estate extends over three acres.There’s a rose garden, a rustic mill house with a 14-feet-high water wheel and a cottage nicknamed “Grandma’s house” filled with handmade quilts.An ex-boxer, O’Neal made her feel physically safe when they went out together.And he had quite a reputation as a sexual swordsman.The first film that Redford directed, Ordinary People (1980), was one of the most critically and publicly acclaimed films of the decade, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director for Redford. He starred in Out of Africa (1985), which was an enormous critical and box office success, and won seven Oscars including Best Picture.He released his third film as a director, A River Runs Through It, in 1992.
O’Neal had gained a strong fan following in the mid-sixties by appearing in over five hundred episodes of television’s popular nighttime soap opera Peyton Place as stud-louse Rodney Harrington.
Batting a strand of hair out of her eyes, she stretches her wide, expressive mouth into a wonderfully familiar smile. That she should be something of a control freak is the least surprising thing to happen since she came to greet me at the door of the Malibu mansion she shares with her husband, James Brolin.
Take the new album cover: down to the last minute I’m there, trying to get the exact peach colour I want but it keeps coming out beige – and I’m not a beige person.” Few would query that, and Streisand accepts that a desire to impose authority on the world around her has always been there. “Like I’m living in a world that’s going nuts.” The 69-year-old Oscar-winning actress is the bestselling recording artist in history – the only female singer ever to record 50 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums.
The interior of her rambling home is a testament to the “intense relationship” the star has developed with furniture and collectables over the years.
Pieces by Gustav Stickley, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Charles and Henry Greene are decorated with myriad trinkets.