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The story of Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould is well known. The two performers in Broadway's "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" married in 1963.


Barbra's Co-star in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale"

Most people know the story of Barbra Streisand and Elliott Gould. After meeting on the stage of New York's Shubert Theatre during the run of I Can Get It For You Wholesale,  Barbra and Elliott instantly became an "item" in New York show business circles, and in short order, they were married during one of Barbra's out of town engagements. The inauspicious nuptials were conducted at a civil ceremony in Carson City, Nevada on September 13, 1963.

In 1964, Barbra was busy becoming the biggest talent Broadway had seen in decades. A year later, as Funny Girl continued to transform Barbra into an entertainment superstar nightly at the Winter Garden, Elliott was performing in his own musical just a few blocks away. His show was Drat! The Cat and was poorly received by both critics and audiences. The musical closed after just eleven previews and eight performances, leaving Barbra as the only member of the Gould household to be working on Broadway.

Of course, all this was going on at the time when Barbra's star was on its meteoric ascend, and nothing, not even her husband, could catch up, much less, keep pace with it. Three years after the birth of their son (Jason, in 1966), Barbra and Elliott were separated. Their divorce became final in 1971.

But as things turned out, the story of Elliott Gould's run in show business is actually quite a good tale. He carved a successful niche as an "alternative" actor in the 1970s with such films as "M*A*S*H.", "Little Murders," and "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," for which Elliott received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. With six movies in release, Gould was a hot property in Hollywood, and even made the cover of Time magazine on September 7, 1970, joining Barbra in the ranks of notable personalities who have graced its cover.

Elliott Gould is still very active in motion pictures and on television. In 2000, his son Jason directed a short film called Inside Out, and a small part was reserved especially for dad. Elliott also had a critically acclaimed recurring role on the NBC sitcom Friends a few seasons back. And more recently, he appeared in several big budget motion pictures with stellar casts. "American History X" paired Gould with Ed Norton in a controversial drama about racial violence. But it was his supporting role as the quirky Reuben Tishkoff in the recent Oceans Eleven films that reminded movie goers that Elliott Gould is not only alive and well, but thriving in Hollywood.

Elliott will be back on the big screen next year, working once again with the A-list of Hollywood. He is set to appear with George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in Oceans Thirteen. Shooting begins this July.

"Capricorn One" Starring Elliott Gould and James Brolin

In a twist of Hollywood irony, the paths of both Streisand husbands crossed when they worked together on a major studio production. The 1977 film Capricorn One starred both Elliott Gould and James Brolin. Barbra wasn't married to either of them at the time.

The action thriller features Brolin as a NASA astronaut who is forced by the government to participate in a hoax about man landing on Mars.

Gould plays a reporter who ultimately succeeds in exposing the cover-up.

In the final scene of the picture, Gould rescues Brolin from government capture. These are the only moments in the film when the two actors are actually on screen together.

Elliott Gould Trivia

- Elliott performed in On The Town at London's Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963. Barbra would bring Funny Girl to the same theatre in 1966.

- -Elliot and Barbra almost starred together in a movie during the '70s. The film was to be called Glimpse of Tiger, and when the couple decided not to go forward with the project, it was refashioned into Barbra's smash hit, What's Up, Doc?

- Elliott appeared with Carol Burnett in the original CBS television special, Once Upon A Mattress.

- Elliott appeared with Liza Minnelli in a road company production of The Fantastics.

- Elliott has worked with several notable Streisand co-stars such as James Caan, Robert Redford, Brenda Vacarro, Gene Hackman and Mimi Rogers.

- Elliott was one of the more frequent hosts of Saturday Night Live, having appeared on the show six times (and on one of the episodes, he arranged for Barbra's sister, Roslyn Kind, to be a musical guest). Barbra made only one brief cameo appearance on SNL in the early 90s.

- Elliott was married to and divorced from his second wife, Jenny Bogart, twice. They have two children.

- Elliott co-starred with Leslie Ann Warren in the ill fated Broadway musical, Drat! The Cat. Leslie Ann Warren married Jon Peters in 1967.

- In Drat! The Cat, Elliott performed a song called She Touched Me. Barbra later recorded the song as He Touched Me, forever immortalizing one of the ballads from Elliott Gould's disastrous Broadway musical.