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December 21st, 2012
04:11 PM ET

Barbra Streisand on Marlon Brando: "He wanted to take me to the desert ... and sleep over in a ghost town"

Coming up Sunday at 9, Piers Morgan welcomes legendary "Evergreen" songstress and "Funny Girl" star Barbra Streisand for an entertaining and honest primetime interview that touches upon everything from politics to theatrics, gender roles to legendary colleagues.

As part of the rare sit-down on "Piers Morgan Tonight," the 70-year-old, multifaceted performer reveals Marlon Brando as her all-time favorite thespian:

"He was fascinating," she says of the "The Godfather" star. High praise from the equally iconic Streisand, who throughout her illustrious career has garnered Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.

As the discussion continues, Streisand shares the story of the time Brando invited her on an overnight road trip:

"He wanted to take me to the desert, to see the wild flowers," she explains. "And sleep over in a ghost town."

Despite her suitor's star status, Streisand accepted the invitation only with conditions:

"I was such a nice Jewish girl that I just said, 'Marlon, I can't stay overnight with you. I'll go with you for the day but you have to take me home.'"

Noting that she had essentially "turned down Marlon Brando," Morgan asked how he took the rejection:

"He was fine," she says.

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Streisand explains the phone conversation she had with Brando, which included singing and a recitation from "Hamlet." Then tune in at 9 for the full, hour-long interview with one of the most-beloved and most-decorated women in the history of show business.
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  1. amie nemeth

    Please please keep fighting for gun control. That NRA press statement was shameful. Armed guards at schools? Please! The good guys should have guns? Please-cops get shot!! This is insanity run amok!

    December 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mary Ann Barrett

    The NRA's response is idiotic. How does arming schools solve the incidence of massacres in malls, on playgrounds, on corners, drive-bys, etc.? The logistics alone of their proposal is impossible. How long would that take (training, funding)? The tax payers back is already broken. I have absolutely no respect for the NRA & I'm a gun toten' Texan.

    December 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Griff.

    "Dreams! And why not, he had as much to gain as Obama does if he could/can get away with it. It's a gamble when you date a woman, on what you can and can't get away with. Quote: http://youtu.be/6X7Sx62plCw Unquote..

    December 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Felix Acevedo

    Piers if you google how to bumpfire or go to youtube you can see that the bushmaster does not need to be modified to fire it as an automatic. This should be shown to the american public.

    December 21, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Patricia Short

    Piers, Thanks so much for taking the lead on gun control in this country. Now is the time. Please please keep up the discussion and pressure on politicians to pass legislation in the US. ALL gun sales should go through a background check and NO to semiautomatic weapons and more. Thank you

    December 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mike Tiktinsky

    In addition to a ban on assault weapons, I think that there should be a hefty tax on bullets and on renewals of gun permits. If the tax was of the order of $10 per bullet, that money could go to two causes: mental health services and gun buy back programs.

    December 22, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Deborah Johnson

    Pierce – You were amazing on your show this evening. Please don't give up. And on your show, let Americans know what we must do to get guns banned in THIS country. I support your position 100%. Please keep the pressure on!

    December 22, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. tim kuta

    I'm in total support of your ideas towards the NRA and gun control. i know this might sound callous at this point in time, but do you think it might make a difference if the public could see what a bullet -ridden body looks like /? especially a childs body with 11 bullet wounds. Maybe some of those gun supporters and reactionaries would change their thinking if presented with the results of gun violence at its worst !

    December 22, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dennis Armstrong

    To put more guns out there to stop killing is like putting more cars on the road to stop traffic jams, telling an obese person to eat more to lose weight, etc.. I`m a proud Canadian and I had to vent about the moronic, right wing NRA.
    Thanks
    D. Armstrong

    December 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. bruce wayne

    MR MORGAN YOUR DOING A AWESOME JOB AT CNN NEWS I WISH WE HAD MORE REPORTERS LIKE YOU THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THANK YOU FOR STAND UP FOR ARE KIDS IN AMERICAN ONE THING YOU CARE BUT GUN VIOLENCE NEEDS TO COME TO A END AND THE GOP AND THE NRA NEEDS TO RIGHT THING FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND STOP THE KILL'S IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SEEN ANYONE HAS STAND UP TO THEM HATERS WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF ARE HEARTS THANK YOU SO MUCH THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER WITH THE NRA WE WILL BACK YOU UP AND THANKS AGAIN. BRUCE WAYNE

    December 23, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mike monroe

    ill not watch cnn, until you remove p morgan!!

    December 24, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. filleheureuse

    Piers Morgan is an amazing man–not afraid to stand up for what he believes, never worried about what others think. I love Piers Morgan!!!! If he gets deported over his opinions, where is the freedom of speech, Americans? It's always the shrill minority that tries to shut up anyone who disagrees with them while they demand their rights.

    December 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Deborah Johnson

    I had stopped watching CNN; but have started back to watch Pierce Morgan. I never knew what an outspoken direct person he was or what a terrific interviewr.

    December 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sam

    Piers, now you know what it's like to live in America. The conservatives can have free speech, but think everyone else can't. Also, I really believe that the NRA enjoys seeing people get killed, and that's the real reason behind their love of what is essentially sub-machine guns. Hang in there!

    December 25, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Philippe A Meyer

    Piers, thank you for what you are doing and saying on gun control. It won't be enough to save the U.S. from nuts like LaPierre and Pratt but it is a good start. Why should anybody want the bad, the evil and the crazy to have easier access to assault guns? May be Pratt and Lapierre want them to become more efficient and to kill more people in less time?
    If their lunacy was not so dangerous it could be laughable. When are they going to tell us:"give guns to all your kiddies so that they can defend themselves when needed"? Hush, they could take it seriously! Hopefully they can't expel me, I am an American citizen, even if I was born French.
    Amitiés

    December 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Dennis Griffin

    I heard a comment that he hunted with his assault rifle. If this is a reasonable use of the weapon, then I hope he is not hunting anywhere around me this deer season. If he is such a bad shot it takes thirty rounds fired in less than a minute to kill a deer, he's not a hunter. Your NRA guest was a complete idiot.
    NRA stands for No Reasonable Argument.

    December 26, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Brakel

    Watched your great interview with Barbra Streisand. I love her music and have been aspiring to have a career as a singer. Plz let me know what u think of my rendition! http://youtu.be/Z02qPqFEuBs

    December 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Laurel and Carmen Natale

    Mr. Morgan, both my husband and I want to lend our support to you in your comments to the NRA representative on your recent program. Although we did not see the show, we have heard and read enough of the ridiculous rhetoric of the NRA to find your response totally justified. There is absolutely no reason to use an assault rifle for hunting unless you want instant venison hamburger. We agreed with the person(we don't remember who it was) who said "If the NRA wants to use the Second Amendment to justify owning guns then they should be limited to the guns owned at the time the amendment was written, namely single load muskets and pistols." Actually we don't believe that anyone should own guns. Kudos to you for your willingness to state the obvious, no matter how unpopular. Those trying to have you deported are obviously not aware of Piers' First Amendment rights. Thank you.

    December 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Bruce Wayne

    To Mr Morgan what you did on CNN was a awesome job going against them NRA people who don't care for are kids in this country gun control needs to be fixed seen your show look at all the gun violence like the fireman who got kill i was a fireman for 10 years here a crazy person killing are fireman now with same gun yes Mr Morgan CNN and our country needs people like you airing this thank you so much for care for the american people and are kids keep it up give them Hell someone has to do it

    Thank You so much
    Bruce Wayne from Houston Texas

    December 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. ralph bernstein

    Mr M-
    you have to get off the gun story
    as a reporter/investigator you have to take a far more neutral, less inflamatory position
    we listen to/watch your program to hear what your guests have to say.-if you cannot tolerate positions other than yours, if you continue to attack your 'guests' then quite soon you will have only those in agreement with you--why would others appear ??
    very apparent that you cannot tolerate opinions other than yours--you misunderstnad your role
    HOWEVER-i wholly agree wth your views on this gun business

    December 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bruce Wayne

      I SORRY BUT MR MORGAN NEEDS TO KEEP UP WITH HE DOING YOU PEOPLE FROM HE NRA AND SOME OF YOU REPUBLICANS DON'T AGREE THEN TURN YOUR CH TO FOX NEWS THEY MAY A AGREE WITH YOU BUT PEOPLE DO SUPPORTED HIM MANY AGREE WHAT HE IS SAYING AND DOING ON CNN NEWS CH SO BACK OFF OF HIM HE MORE AMERICAN THEN YOU HE CARE FOR ARE KIDS AND THIS COUNTRY MORE THEN I CAN SAY ON SOME OF YOU GUY'S YOU NRA PEOPLE JUST BACK OFF WE ARE THE PEOPLE WE WILL STAND BY HIM JUST AS WE DID FOR THE PRESIDENT OF US WE GOT YOUR BACK MR MORGAN

      December 26, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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