Barbra Streisand alleges she unwittingly sparked a furry security concern at the White House by bringing her dog to an awards ceremony.
The singer/movie star was among many artists honored by then-President Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
After the event, Streisand discovered that her beloved dog Sammie had caused a four-legged security mishap that nearly landed her in the doghouse with the Secret Service, as she recounts in her memoir My Name is Barbra, released on Tuesday.
The 81-year-old Oscar winner recounted that her publicist, Ken Sunshine, told her that a Secret Service agent had come to the Oval Office to warn the president that Streisand intended to bring a dog to the White House and they didn’t know what to do.
Streisand said that her dog Sammie is such a good girl that she can go to the ballet and the theater with her. She does not bark. According to Streisand, she brought her dog to the ceremony in a carrier bag.
Streisand said that President Obama kept calm during the crisis, and she described an example of canine diplomacy on his part.
After staring down the Secret Service man, Obama ultimately decided that Barbra would get whatever she requested.
In her autobiography, Barbra Streisand wrote that the memory of her wardrobe malfunction at the 1969 Academy Awards still haunts her.
Streisand’s first Oscar win came that evening for her breakthrough performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl.
The dress she wore became see-through under the bright lights of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, where the awards were given out.
The Yentl star said she was horrified when she saw the TV footage. It gave the impression she was not wearing underwear. In reality, it was lined with skin-baring georgette. She said even today, thinking about it makes her feel sick.
Streisand claims that her mother called and asked what kind of thing she was supposed to wear in public.