Barbra Streisand joined Instagram and her first photo is a sight to behold

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Barbra Streisand, 72, joined Instagram and her first post was this incredible glamour shot of herself posing on a patio chair with her dog, Samantha, an 11 year-old Coton de Tuléar breed. She wroteHello Instagram… isn’t my Samantha just precious?” Barbra hasn’t done much social media to date. She has a Twitter account but it’s managed for her by someone else.

Barbra adores her dog, she’s a true dog lover, and The Daily Mail reminds us that she gushed about Samantha while she was doing press for The Guilt Trip, that movie she did with Seth Rogan in 2012. (I haven’t seen it yet, I heard it was bad.) Anyway here’s what she said about Samantha at the time:

While promoting the film The Guilt Trip, the actress couldn’t stop talking about her dog.

‘She’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. She speaks English. She understands English, I swear to God,’ Barbra gushed in an interview with The Independent.

‘She’ll come up to me and go “mmm.” It sounds like a baby. That means she wants water.

Or she’ll just look at me with those eyes and then she wants a treat,’ she added.

The two-time Oscar winning actress is married to James Brolin – who is famous for his role in Marcus Welby, M.D. and Catch Me If You Can.

The couple – who got married in 1998 – never leave their dog alone… she’s family.

‘My dog is like the daughter I never had,’ Streisand told The Independent.

[From The Daily Mail]

My mom and dad are like that with their dog, they try not to leave her alone and if they go on vacation or even away for the day they’ll leave her with me. To be fair to my parents, their miniature schnauzer is the sweetest, most special dog ever. (Like most dogs, I just love theirs as I watch her frequently.) I feel similarly to Barbra about my parents’ dog, like she’s speaking to me with her eyes. I give her more treats than I’m supposed to because she gets me every time with that look.

While I was trying to figure out Samantha’s breed, I found this story from 2003 about Barbra going on the Oprah Winfrey show to pay tribute to her last dog Sammy, a Bichon Frise who had just passed away. She sang the song “Smile” while photos of Sammy were shown in the background. (That video is below.) It got me! Barbra presents her new puppy at the end of the video, which she explains that she named Samantha in honor of Sammy. She said “she’s my new little Sammy.

In terms of this photo, yes Barbra is Botoxed to high heaven and yes it’s highly Photoshopped, but this is all about Samantha, Samantha is the star and you can tell she’s treated that way too.

Here’s Barbra’s tribute to her last dog, Sammy. She brings out Samantha as a puppy at the end. Barbra allowed the Humane Society to use “Smile” as “the official song of the Anthem of Spirit campaign for people who have lost a pet.” That’s nice.

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  1. Dagmarunger says:

    Aniston in her 50′s

  2. GiGi says:

    That’s a Coton de Tulear. Cute dog. Our neighbors are crazy dog people – they have a Bichon and a Maltese. And if they’re gone for more than an hour they have my daughter come over and take them out. Some days they have her come 4 times – and they pay her $10 each time she comes over… it’s out of hand. A lot of times the dogs don’t even want to go out, because she’s just been there, lol!

    I love my dogs, too… but I don’t feel like they’re my children… they’re just my dogs, you know?

    ETA – I just looked at the picture more closely… WTH? Did she superimpose a picture of her face from 30 years ago onto her own body? This is really OTT, even for Babs.

    • Ag says:

      i feel the same way about dogs. i grew up with them, there were few times in my life that i didn’t have one, we have one now and love him, but, you know, he’s our dog. not our child. i don’t get crazy dog people.

      that pic is insane. i assume there is no more photoshop left in the world, it’s been all used up.

      • Ginger says:

        Oh no! All of my Photoshop is gone??!! :)

      • John Wayne Lives says:

        Yeah, I do kinda lose respect for people that treat their dog like a child lol. To me it’s like, Jesus, just let your dog be a dog, instead of attaching your emotional needs to the poor thing. I love my dogs, I cuddle my dogs, I play with my dogs. I even let my boxer hide under my covers during thunderstorms because they scare him. But they are dogs. It’s a creepy deal when people personify their pets and turn them into child replacements.

    • Sugar says:

      Same here. I have a dog and have loved many dogs, but the love I have for my kids is something else entirely. People that elevate dogs to a human level worry me.

      • Ag says:

        yeah, like you said, it’s something else entirely. apples and oranges, in a way. i don’t understand people’s need to equate the two.

      • FLORC says:

        If you don’t have children and have a dog you treat as a child that is the closest I can rationalize that thought. It’s not something anyone should worry over unless they start treating it like a child… applying to schools and such.

        It’s their lives, their business and not fair for us to judge people that are past childcarrying ages who fill that space with pups.

        There are bigger things we could get judgy and worry over than that.

      • Wren33 says:

        When my husband came home from the hospital with our first kid, he said he looked at our dog and though “You are just a dog.” While our dog is certainly well-loved and all her needs taken care off he is definitely lower on the totem pole after 2 kids. I love people who pamper there dogs above all else, but I am also fine with people who realize that a dog is a dog.

      • Me says:

        the fact you see a animal lower then a human is something to me all life is important nothing is above the other.

      • Mel says:

        @ME: I wish I could agree with you more than I already do, but I can’t. :)
        So, SO true. No life is above other. Period.
        (But I do admit that I have far greater respect for all animals, bar none, than for most people.)

        It’s also worth remembering that it’s *human* perspective which arbitrarily establishes hierarchies of “worth”, and decides who is who, what is what, and who or what is “worthy” (or not)… and we’re talking about a creature (homo sapiens) who understands, or really cares to understand, no other species – or even its own.

    • Ginger says:

      I have a dog that I completely fell in love with. I can’t imagine her not being a part of our family forever. BUT that being said, I too am not a crazy pet person. (we also have a cat). They are just fine on their own for hours. When we leave town we either have a friend watch them or if it’s short term we will board our dog. She loves it! The folks at the boarding place love her too. She’s a social dog and loves to meet other dogs and new people. My husbands parents treat their dog like he’s their kid too. In fact, I suspect that they are more attached to that dog than their own sons sometimes. They are that crazy devoted.

      • homegrrrl says:

        I am a crazy pet person with my dogs, I love them and that’s because I’m a bit off socially, I’ll admit that humans annoy me perhaps overly much. I don’t have a personality disorder that requires meds, God Bless those that do, but even -I- know when I bore the crap out of people with my dog this or that. I actually think my weird mutt crazy dog truly is the cutest most deserving animal, and I can’t abide people who purchase fancy breeds. There is no shortage of adorable animals who really deserve to be treated like a child. So although I am in hopeless love with my pet/children, I can’t get into the Babs babble, maybe it’s the “Patsy” schtick that I find annoying.

    • GiGi says:

      Isn’t it funny? Our neighbors are essentially paying my 11 year old $40/day to come play with their dogs when they can’t take them along wherever they’re going. It’s too much!

      The dogs are great, and everything, but like I said… I get it if it’s once in a span of time… but when they have her do it 3/4 times… the dogs are just look at us like, “Oh. You again…”

    • DottieDot says:

      Well I love the *hit out of my dog and she is definitely integral part of my family!

    • littlestar says:

      That is just too crazy. People who can’t leave their pets alone, even for a few hours, kind of bug me. My two cats spend the day together in their cat room while my husband and I are at work for day. And there has been a couple of times where we are out of town for one night and we leave the cats by themselves. They are fine! Just wanting some extra love and attention when we get home :) .

    • Malificent says:

      I love animals — but it does get a bit crazy. I have friends who asked if they could bring their dog for an afternoon visit to our house (@4 hours). I mentioned that I had a large, shady, fenced backyard the dog was free to use. (I didn’t even mention my worries that it would tear up my garden….) But no, the dog had to be in the house with them. No apology for the fact that I had to lock up my cats during their visit. I have friendly cats who don’t actually hide when guests come — they were not pleased about being in the basement.

      I never assume that my pets or my child are welcome at a gathering unless there is an explicit invitation to that effect.

  3. Tiffany says:

    With the way she feels about Samantha, I cannot be a cold hearted b**ch and comment about the tox.

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    I will always love her! Funny Girl is one of my all time favorite movies. Her doggie is super cute. Our dog pepper is totally a part of our family and thatsnhow it should be!!! I remember Oprah was mad because Barbra painted her microphone white :)

    • allons-y alonso says:

      YES to Funny Girl !!!! My mum used to sit me down when I was younger and we’d watch classic movies together. This was one of them! :D

    • MW says:

      Funny Girl – wow. I saw that as a kid, and I think it opened up my ability to feel emotion on a completely different plane. Anyway, love that Streisand loves her dog. She is a super-talent and I really admire her. If she wants to do a little Botox or whatever, I don’t even know why it is being mentioned. Everyone else does it, and most are a lot younger and more vain than she is.

  5. Jenns says:

    This reminds me of the awesome bit that Kathy Griffin did on her special about the Barbara and Oprah interview.

  6. AuroraO says:

    Oh no I can’t watch that video- my mother has a 10 year old rat terrier mix who is the love of our family’s lives and I can’t think about how she’s nearing the end of her life. I hope she has another 5 years left, that’s what I hope for.

  7. Lilacflowers says:

    Samantha looks very happy.

  8. Erinn says:

    When we leave, even just for a night, we end up getting a stay-in pet sitter. I don’t feel good just leaving and having my mom or dad come in and just check on the pets; if I could take them wherever I went, it’d be great, but at the same time it’s nice to have a break from the 40lb ‘lap dog’ and the two feline scarfs that have developed the awful habit of sleeping up against my neck – even in the summer.

  9. littlemissnaughty says:

    OH MY GOD BARBRA!!! … That’s really all I got. *sigh*

  10. ncboudicca says:

    I must follow her. Holy glamour.

    Sad, but true, my favorite Streisand movie was “The Main Event”. First time I ever saw a man’s nekkid butt in a movie.

  11. Belle Epoch says:

    I always liked the fact that Barbra did not “fix” her nose. Now she seems to have gone overboard tweaking things. She is unrecognizable in that photo, which seems to include a lot of Photoshop but also evidence of eye surgery.

  12. paola says:

    I love Barbra! She’s an amazing celebrity.

  13. Kiddo says:

    “Barbra Streisand joined Instagram and her first photo is a sight to behold”

    I think it’s best left at that.

  14. Babs says:

    I’ll never understand the love for Babs but her voice is unique. Her instagram looks just like her movies: more soft lighting than a porn set.

  15. BeckyR says:

    WHAT has she done to her face? Looks corpse-like.

  16. MrsBPitt says:

    Radaronline has a funny story that says Babs joined instagram after catching her hubby staring at a picture of Kim Kardashian’s boobs…So Babs joined instagram and put up this (according to them) very Kardashian photo to get jim to drool over her! Yeah, Babs looks just like KK here! lol

  17. Nev says:

    Yes Babs!!!!!

    ICON. what a voice.

  18. in_theory says:

    I’m sorry, but these cutesy tiny white balls of fur don’t count as dogs in my opinion. Thousands of years of breeding reduced wolves to… this.

    • mayamae says:

      I’m more of a medium and big dog person myself, but I volunteer at a great shelter and have fallen in love with a couple of Chihuahuas.

    • Azurea says:

      Hey, I have an adorable Pom, & when it comes to food, she is a WOLF!!!

    • From North of Boston says:

      Actually, Cotons are very cool dogs.

      I don’t have a dog at the moment (between nearby friends/family with bad allergies and my own work and travel…a dog just wouldn’t make sense), but when I do get one again, I’m seriously considering this breed. And I’m a medium/big dog lover from way back (Goldens and Shepards and mutts) and these dogs seem like they would be a great dog to have. From what I’ve seen, they are like bigger dogs in personality – not yappy or needy, just smart, easy going and family friendly.

      There are apparently two different types…one more true to type, and one mixed with French lap dogs (I’m suspecting Babs went for the latter) some info here:

  19. joy says:

    I’m laying in bed with my dogs before I get up and take them to daycare and my IG is like 99% dogs so I can’t shade Babs in any capacity.

  20. roz says:

    My friends’ parents are like that with their dog. He’s the third child they never had. She actually calls him her little brother. They do have a human son as well. She’s moving across the country for med school and has already said she’s going to try to FaceTime with the dog so he doesn’t forget her.

    I love any stories that feature our animal overlords. It’s one of those “celebrities are just like us!!!” stories that actually make me believe it. Case in point: the Billy Corgan cat story could have been written about me.

  21. lisa2 says:

    I love Barbara..

    That pictures is just wrong. WRONG. it makes me so sad. I for some reason thought Barbara would age like the DIVA she is. That she would show the world that she would never sub-come to this stupid craze.

    I just can’t.

  22. Marvin says:

    Dog people like this are annoying as hell …

  23. Lucy2 says:

    Love that she loves her dog so much, but holy Photoshop!

  24. melissa says:

    The Anhem of Spirit campaign for people who have lost a pet?

    Well, if THAT isn’t the definition of first world problems, I don’t know what is.

      • Saskia says:

        Y’all have clearly never had pets, or at least never lost one. Obviously, a pet is not an actual human, but they’re still living creatures with distinct personalities who live in your house and depend on you for sustenance and companionship and interact with you on a daily basis and sleep curled up at your feet (or on top of your head, in the case of cats) and when they die, trust me, you feel the loss. It hurts. You grieve. You never stop missing them. These are perfectly normal emotions to experience after the death of a creature for which you feel actual love, or even just mild fondness if you’re some kind of weirdo who doesn’t get particularly attached to a living thing which shares your life for more than a decade.

        I realize you were probably just aiming for pithy with your remark, but it still comes off as deeply out of touch. Poor people have pets too. Poor people are capable of emotional attachment to their pets. Poor people feel the loss when something they love dies.

      • in_theory says:

        FYI, I had several different pets as a child, and I loved them as much as any other person loves their pets, so I don’t need to be lectured on what that is like. Thank you.

    • lisa says:

      does anyone posting on a celebrity gossip site have anything but first world problems?

  25. eliza says:

    I don’t mind the photo. If I did any social networking site, mine would be nothing but pet pictures. None of me though.

    At least Streisand comes from a time where singers had talent and that still holds true for her today. The Katy Perry’s of the world should take note. THAT is a real SINGER.

  26. Adrien says:

    I was hoping it was an aerial shot of her Malibu beach house.

  27. Marmaduke45 says:

    Combine a doctor driven more by the almighty dollar and less by professional ethics/common sense with a patient with unlimited disposable income and you’ve got every celebrity that has rendered themselves virtually unrecognizable.

    After awhile, they all start to look the same through the face. Who knew that Wayland Flowers’ “Madame” would be that face?

  28. smutwriter says:

    It’s like I’m watching an entire generation of celebrity women all morph into the same plastic-faced, Botox-transformed person. They all have the same cheeks and rigid foreheads. I wish some obscure work of science fiction had anticipated this – that in 2014 the search for beauty would’ve led a ton of women to don the equivalent of weird elastic masks. Yeesh!

    Doggie saves it, though.

    • melissa says:

      It did! An old black and white episode of The Twilight Zone.

      A regular looking woman in the hospital is felt sorry for because she’s “ugly”. Then the kicker is revealed when the doctors and nurses remove their surgical masks. They have pig faces. Everyone has the same pig face. I think of that episode whenever I see photos of people with loads of plastic surgery. After so many surgeries, they look a lot like the pig people from The Twilight Zone.

  29. JudyK says:

    Just watched the video and now I’m in tears. That was so sweet.

  30. jemimaleopard says:

    lol she’s dressed like Karl Lagerfeld!

  31. Jayna says:

    Her grounds and views from her estate of the ocean are stunning. That’s what I’m jealous of with Barbra’s life. Nirvana. I hope she didn’t fill her face with filler, but even past the obvious photoshopm her cheeks look fuller. Not Babs too? LOL

  32. chaine says:

    Jennifer Anniston’s looking a little bit rough.

  33. Tig says:

    She is a true trailblazer in so many ways- and that voice-! I wish she’s take a break from Donna Karan and give someone else a chance at dressing her- the black is so harsh.

    The dog “baby”- well, no room to criticize as I have 3! And no way am I watching that video-LOL!!

    • holly hobby says:

      I read her My Passion for Design book (god I’m sounding like an ad) and she made comments that she likes clothes a certain way. One interesting point was that the waistband had to be elastic (who would have knew!) because she likes to be comfortable. She likes DKNY stuff because it’s stretchy and has a relaxed fit. She doesn’t shop, DKNY just sends stuff to her and she picks out what she wants and buys them. Yeah, I’m a fan. She can sing!

  34. Mikunda says:

    She definitely shaved that famous nose of hers… Why now? I guess she must have wanted to do that soooo badly, but couldn’t for the fear of ruining the Streisand brand…

  35. Nikki says:

    Yes, her face is sadly mask like, but gotta give the gal credit for a banging bod at age 72??! I thought: 72 is the new 49. She must have incredible drive.

  36. Kate says:

    I’ll be over here in the corner singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” all day. Bye!

  37. savu says:

    I have a German shepherd and I swear she understands English too. I’ll never forget one day when she was maybe eight months old, my dad asked me to get him a pair of socks. The next thing we know, the dog ran upstairs, grabbed a pair of socks, came back down and dropped them at his feet. There is NOTHING we’ve ever taught her that has anything to do with socks.

    Some dogs are just geniuses. And I treat my dogs like my children too. Even if I have kids someday I doubt that’ll change.

  38. Peppa says:

    My grandma was a huge fan of Barbra, so I have followed her career and read a few biographies about her. In fact, while my grandma was in the hospital dying I read a biography of Barbra aloud to her and we played some of her albums. She is truly the epitome of the word diva and her early years were full of juicy gossip. The only person I can think of who followed in her footsteps was Mariah. I know Babs can be a capital B, but I have such a soft spot for her so I decided to follow her on instagram. Photoshopped to the high heavens and posing with her dog, I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Barbra!

    • holly hobby says:

      She’s very demanding and knows what she wants. She admits that to herself. When she was remodelling her estate, she made a lot of contractors quit because they couldn’t keep up with her demands. I have to say, she knows what she wants.

      The best Babs story I heard was when she went into Starbucks or something and used a coupon. Yeah she makes a lot of money but she’s frugal. She never forgot her less than wealthy roots.

  39. teehee says:

    I dont think she had work in that pic– its just shopped flat which mimics a botox face— look at her normal face on the red carpet– not that tweaked (or at least appears so)- she ages well… they just lightened the skin and smoothed it all over, which also makes it look puffy, unfortunately, because the contour is lost…

  40. jferber says:

    I love her glamor shot and do recognize her. Gotta love Barbra. When I first visited the Castro in San Francisco about 16 years ago, I was so disappointed that the Barbra Streisand Museum had just closed. What awesomeness that would have been! I always thought Barbra’s film Yentl never got the credit it deserved. If she were a man, they would have called her an auteur with that film, but because she’s a woman, she became a “perfectionist” which translates to mega-bitch impossible to work with. It’s really a lovely film. Do check it out. And Barbra is truly gorgeous in that film (the best she’s ever looked, in my opinion).

  41. bcgirl says:

    Can we talk about JFK jr. again? Cause the latest biography by Matt Berman has THE BEST Babs shade story ever. Where Babs “cuddles herself” on her bedroom patio and tries to seduce John. It is priceless.

  42. Erandyn says:

    “I give her more treats than I’m supposed to because she gets me every time with that look. ”

    My parents did that too with their little dachshund. She died of diabetes and spent the last year of her life getting daily insulin injections.

  43. jferber says:

    bc girl, if that is true, I give Barbra even more credit. Only props for trying to seduce a gorgeous man, whatever his age. Up to the guy to consent or decline.

  44. aqua says:

    I just came on here to say that I just love her and I think she’s super talented smart and funny.

  45. LAK says:

    Goodness, i’d never noticed the strong resemblance between Babs and Jen Aniston. Are we sure they aren’t related?!

  46. P.J. says:

    Look out Choupette! 😄❤️

    Sigh. I just adore people who love their animal friends & family this much; we make a special club.

  47. holly hobby says:

    Yeah she really loves her dog. Samantha is even prominently featured in her Passion for Design book. If you can get your hands on it, grab it at the library. It’s a photo book of her house (her “barn”). Great pictures. She’s a hoarder too. Ha!

    Well I hope the picture is photoshop because her face looks painful. She should have kept the bangs. Jane Seymour is right, it really does make you look younger as you get older.

  48. Debutante says:

    Oh wow, that face is STUFFED with fillers !

  49. Katherine says:

    LOL! Poor Babs. She doesn’t quite get the idea of instagram. It’s supposed to an instant snapshot of a moment in time not a 20 hour prepped photo shoot.

  50. Fart Sack says:

    I rescue and foster dogs. I love my dogs, and I do not have children. BUT dogs are dogs, even when they are people in dogs suits and have different needs. Those needs do not include going out every hours and constant running treats. Just sayin’.

  51. Jaxx says:

    I cannot shade La Streisand for anything. Oprah was so right when she introduced her as the one and only. There will never be another like her. And that Voice. So magnificent. I love her. That is all. Just love her. May she live forever.

  52. rudy says:

    BarBara looks like a puffed up dragon lady. She has ruined her face. too bad.

  53. Francis says:

    I love Babs. Barbara is 72 looks fantastic, is healthy and has earned her stripes.
    She can do as she pleases as far as I’m concerned,. I love the photo of her.
    She’s an amazing talent.

    My husband and I went to see her in Concert at the Staples Center, probably about 10,11,12yrs ago..? when she did her concert there. Oh my gawwwd it was Amazing. The audience was practically all of the Hollywood industry, not a empty seat in the house. We had great seat and could see everything , on stage and she looked fabulous. Her gorgeous husband James Brolin walked by , damn he is fine, gray hair and all.
    When. Barbara sang The Way We Were , she brought the house to their feet…in fact the audience were on their feet several times during the night.

  54. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    With the advent of cellphones many dogs are more monitored for their behavior and safety than children are. So many parents yapping away I feel sorry for the kids.

  55. Nibbi says:

    Good God, she’s 72?? She looks amazing and everything but sheesh, you think she’d leave a few lines in here and there for believability.