. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Way She Was

You laughed at "Funny Girl." You cried at "Yentl." You yawned at "The Main Event."


If you find singer, actress and director Barbra Streisand just fabulous, you're not alone. San Franciscan Ken Joachim, who edits a Streisand fan magazine, has built a museum and gallery to honor Barbra's career, the Associated Press reported.


The Hello Gorgeous!! museum, named after the star's opening line in the 1968 film "Funny Girl," is located in a restored house in the heart of San Francisco's Castro District. Inside the front door are Streisand-like mannequins -- which will be changed monthly -- dressed to recreate scenes from her films (the first mannequin sports a leopard coat and hat like the one she wore in "Funny Girl.")


Fans who continue upstairs through the museum can see posters from all of Streisand's 15 films lining the stairway as well as oil paintings and charcoal sketches based on famous Streisand photos that Joachim commissioned from artists.


For fans who want more Barbra, the museum store offers wigs for those who would wish to replicate Streisand's late-60s "bubble" hairdo or her mid-70s tight curls, seen to best advantage in "A Star Is Born." For those who still don't look sufficiently like the star, makeovers and prosthetic noses are available.


Although Joachim sent Barbra an invitation for a personal tour to view her movie posters, wardrobes and replicas of her nose anytime she's in San Francisco, the star has yet to reply. Undaunted, Joachim is optimistic about the future of his project. "Barbra takes risks all the time, too," he says. "That's what this museum is all about."