"Katie" viewers received a treat when the elusive grande dame of music, Barbra Streisand herself, made an appearance. The conversation started out with the unexpectedly nervous. Streisand being slightly uptight. Streisand explained that contrary to what one might think, she's an extremely shy woman. Barbra was lovely in a man's shirt and tie paired with a stocking-baring skirt, and the diva eventually relaxed.
The megastar revealed that Katie cornered her in Aspen to invite her to her new show. Ah, the perks of celebrity. The veteran journalist knew to attract Streisand by appealing to her causes. Like Susan Sarandon, Streisand is known as a strong political activist, as well as a performer. Couric told Barbra that she could come on the show to discuss heart disease.
The issue of women and heart disease is not just a celeb hot topic for the singer. The "Funny Girl" is extremely passionate about the disparity in the ways that the men and women are treated in health care. She wants to bring attention to the number one killer of women. The star insisted that breast cancer gets more attention because of the sexualization of breasts.
Katie has created really unique daytime programming. Rather than the standard talk show fare, viewers are privy to being part of something greater. Barbra has raised $22 million dollars so far for Cedars-Sinai. She was accompanied on the show by Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a cardiologist.
Dr. Merz advised that when women go to the emergency room, they should "act like a man" to receive immediate treatment. She likened the fact that female symptoms look different to "Yentl" because there is a gender gap in treatment. She insists that women walk into the emergency room and say that they're having "chest pains" and "a heart attack." The reason is that women's heart attacks don't resemble what she calls the dramatic "Hollywood" heart attack.
Barbra also managed to promote her work, as well as health. She has a new "Duets" project produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. When Katie asked whose voices moved her, Streisand mentioned John Legend, Usher, and her son, Jason Gould. It was touching to hear her describe the "orchestra" in Jason's throat and how proud she was about the privilege of singing with him.
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