- - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Women in Hollywood honorees laud Streisand

Nine women were honored at the annual Women in Hollywood event Monday, yet two ladies in particular stole the show.

According to the Associated Press, Viola Davis surprised her fellow honorees and an audience of Hollywood insiders by announcing that she had adopted a baby boy. Barbra Streisand was credited repeatedly by fellow honorees including Michelle Pfeiffer, Evan Rachel Wood, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts and Miss Davis for being the inspiration for their success.

It was a lovefest that continued throughout the evening at the 18th annual celebration of the industry’s leading ladies sponsored by Elle magazine at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Jennifer Aniston told the 69-year-old entertainer that she loved her, and Miss Pinto said that “sharing the same oxygen” as Miss Streisand was an incredible birthday gift. The actress turned 27 Tuesday.

“You’re a legend not only in Hollywood but literally all over the world,” the “Slumdog Millionaire” star told Miss Streisand. “I can say that because I come from India.”

She said Miss Streisand’s song “Putting It Together” is “like a reality check that every girl that wants to get into this big entertainment industry needs to listen to.”

“That was a truly inspirational song, so thank you so much for that,” Miss Pinto said.

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow introduced Miss Streisand as “a world icon” and “somebody who has mastered virtually every art form imaginable: directing, acting, composing, singing, producing, writing.”

Miss Streisand returned the love in kind, congratulating her fellow honorees, who also included actress Elizabeth Olsen and DreamWorks Studios chief Stacey Snider.

“They’re all so charming, so well-spoken and so thin,” Miss Streisand said, adding, “I ate the chocolate cake.”

She said that only 7 percent of the top 250 films last year were directed by women, and she urged her colleagues to be fearless about moving forward in the entertainment industry.

“Let’s be bold and don’t wait for the phone to ring,” she said. “Create your own material. Tell me a story.”

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