East Side, West Side, All
Around the Town
Barbra came to
NYC in 1995 and 1996 to film "The Mirror Has Two Faces." It was
a great experience for me as a fan. As word of Barbra's NYC
whereabouts circulated on the internet, fans from all over the US
converged to witness Barbra as Director, Actress and, as we were
delighted to witness, Stage Performer. With Barbra in town directing
her third picture, streets, stores and restaurants around the city had
to close in order to accommodate the production. Was it all worth it,
well, if you've seen the film, you know it was.
me, it began on Halloween night - October 31, 1995. Barbra and her crew had
taken over the Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park for several nights,
shooting the wedding reception scenes from "The Mirror Has Two Faces." Barbra was there along with
Pierce Brosnan, Brenda Vaccaro, Mimi Rogers and Lauren Bacall.
Though we weren't allowed inside, we were able to watch the
entire scene being filmed from our bird's eye location
outside Tavern's bay windows. Of all the assembled cast that night, Bacall was the most friendly,
stopping by to chat with the fans. Too bad her scenes at the
reception didn't make
the final cut of the film. It was a great two nights of shooting
May, 1996, Barbra returned to New York. This time she was at W 84 Street
and West End Avenue to film the movie's finale. Fans were treated
to five nights of excitement as Barbra and Jeff Bridges laboriously
worked the scenes that would bring the love story to its conclusion. Again, we were allowed to watch the
action from a manageable distance. Barbra had a lot of fun
shooting these particular scenes. After one especially
technical scene with Jeff Bridges (requiring the actors to
work on a rotating turntable), everyone burst out in
spontaneous applause. Barbra turned to her faithful fans and took
a bow, acknowledging our approval. She loved it
as much as we did.
a few weeks later, word circulated that Barbra was going to be at Bloomingdales
department store on Manhattan's east side to shoot the scenes with Brenda Vacarro, Mimi Rogers and Pierce Prosnan. Barbra arrived in costume at
closing time to the surprise and excitement of exiting shoppers. As she
entered the Third avenue side of the store, I came face to
face with Barbra and wished her a good night of shooting.
Her response was a simple thank you. Upstairs in the store's
worked with the film's extras, positioning them appropriately for her
scenes with Mimi and Pierce in the store's cafe.