Just two days before turning 71, New York native Barbra Streisand will receive the annual lifetime Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Her 1983 film “Yentl” was singled out as the first major feature film to credit a woman as writer, director, producer and star. Woman lover Bill Clinton will present the honor. Hollywood co-stars like Amy Irving (“Yentl”), Richard Dreyfuss (“Nuts”), Pierce Brosnan (“The Mirror Has Two Faces”) and Blythe Danner (“Meet the Fockers”) will metaphorically sing her praises. While Tony Bennett and “Barbra’s little sister” Liza Minnelli will belt out a song or two (a duet?!). This black tie fundraising event ain’t no Comedy Central roast. One ticket for the VIP Gala Dinner (created by Michelin 3-star Chef Daniel Boulud) is $1,500.
An unlikely well-wisher for the week is former presidential candidate, birther and hotelier Donald Trump, who’s rolling out the red carpet for Barbra fans. Streisand is so far from Trump on the political spectrum you’d have to invent another color to describe it. But that doesn’t mean The Donald doesn’t see the art of a deal: his gilded Trump Hotel on Central Park is offering a “Hello, Gorgeous!” package. For $925 a night, guests in town for the show will enjoy a continental breakfast, two manicures and two pedicures, DVDs of Funny Girl and Yentl and Streisand’s 2012 compilation CD Release Me.