It's no secret Lea Michele is one of Barbra Streisand's biggest admirers.
The Glee star has covered a slew of the original Funny Girl's songs, played Fanny Brice on Glee, is slated to take on Babs' iconic role in Funny Girl on Broadway, and the list goes on and on!
So, of course, it's only natural for Lea to include the time she finally met her idol in her new book, Brunette Ambition, since Barbra means a great deal to her.
In an excerpt from her book, she recalls:
In January, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored at the Grammys, and as is the tradition there was a Music Cares Benefit on her behalf a few nights before the ceremony. I was invited to sing, since my love for Barbra is pretty well known, which was incredibly exciting. There were a plethora of incredibly talented musicians on the roster, who were all doing renditions of her songs: Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder, Seal… and so I sang My Man, from Funny Girl, which is my favorite song in the entire world. And there she was in the audience, right in front of me. I was incredibly nervous—there was nothing that could have fully prepared me to sing in front of my idol—but I was so honored and happy to be on that stage that I just powered through my performance.
I was hoping to meet her that night, but she was surrounded by a sea of people, and as I made my way toward her, her team whisked her away. I figured I had lost my chance forever.
I attended The Grammys a few nights later because I was presenting an award; Barbra sang four songs that night, and Evergreen, which I love, was one of them. It was the first time I had ever heard her sing live. I left The Grammys early, in order to avoid the post-event valet rush, and was standing there in the quiet before the storm waiting for my car when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around, and it was Barbra. And she said, "I just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to your generation." And I gave her a big hug, and told her that I thought she was amazing, and she looked at me and asked, "Did I sound good tonight?" And I said, "You were incredible." And that was it. The minute she walked away, I started to cry hysterically. Sometimes you meet your idols and they don’t live up to your expectations, but that moment was one of the best in my life. As soon as my car pulled up I called Ryan Murphy to tell him that it was over: That I had met Barbra and didn’t need to be in this business anymore. All my dreams had come true.
This past November, Chris Colfer and I went to see her at the Hollywood Bowl with Dante, one of the producers from Glee. It was a gorgeous night to sit under the stars and listen to Barbra: She sounded so beautiful and seemed so relaxed. Chris and I held hands the entire time and cried, especially when she sang "Happy Days Are Here Again," which Chris and I sang on Glee together, and performed during all the Glee concert tours. At the end of the concert Chris wanted us to go backstage to say hi, but I didn’t want to mar my perfect moment of meeting Barbra at The Grammys. Plus, the mere idea of being in her presence makes me extremely nervous. So I chickened out. A few weeks later, I checked my mail and Barbra had sent me a copy of that night’s program with a note on it that said: "Thank you for coming to my show, I wish you would have come backstage, I would have liked to have given you a hug." And then I really died.
Who could also forget the time the two had an AH-Mazing Twitter conversation over dolls? We about died!!
Nothing warms our hearts more than reading about others meeting their idols and fulfilling their dreams!
[Image via Pacific Coast News.]
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