When a museum for Barbra Streisand (now 80) was opened in Vienna

An interview about professionalism, cheap motels and rummy (card game) With bill clinton.

KURIER: Your penchant for perfection is famous – are you more relaxed today?

Barbra Streisand: Perfection is a funny word. I strive for excellence because no human can ever be perfect. This is a contradiction to itself. Anyway, I’m more relaxed than when I was performing in Central Park in 1967 and forgot the lyrics because I had such terrible stage fright. After that I didn’t sing live for 27 years. Today I am no longer afraid.

What has life taught you about fame & fortune?

That it doesn’t add to happiness. It makes life easier, but it cannot cure heart disease. I’m not complaining but fame has advantages and disadvantages – like once in Spain when I was going to the swimming pool but there were paparazzi lurking in the bushes and we found out the hotel had called them. It’s a strange life when you’re that famous, which is why I prefer to stay at home.

Where is best for you?

In my house, in my dressing gown, in the vegetable garden, collecting my chickens’ eggs and cutting my beautiful roses.

You never go on vacation?

My husband and I went on a road trip in a pickup truck before we got married. I packed my non-fat groceries and we’re off. In Las Vegas, a friend offered us a huge suite in one of his luxury hotels. The fridge there was broken and I couldn’t store my yoghurt and cottage cheese. The next morning, my husband said, “I’m going to show you a place where you don’t have to talk to anyone,” and he drove me to a $55 a night motel with the pickup truck right outside the door. And the fridge worked! It was fantastic.