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Mr. and Mrs. Barbra Streisand

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Steven Silverman

In what is still arguably her best picture, 1968’s “Funny Girl,” Barbra Streisand dreamed of being “Sadie, Sadie,” a married lady. Today, she is. The Brooklyn-born entertainer, 56, and actor James Brolin, 57, tied the knot Wednesday — the second anniversary of their first date — at her Malibu estate in a highly romantic but high-security ceremony.

The wedding took place at sunset in the living room of Streisand’s Mediterranean-style mansion. The singer’s son Jason, from her one previous marriage (to actor Elliott Gould), gave her away, and Brolin’s son (actor Josh, from one of his two previous marriages) acted as best man. Streisand’s half-sister Rosalind Kind served as maid of honor in the ceremony conducted by Rabbi Leonard Bierman. Streisand’s swimming pool was filled with white orchids, her favorite flower.

Among the guests: John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Streisand’s mother, songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman (the only invitees who knew the wedding date well in advance; all others were invited on short notice over the phone), “Tootsie” director Sidney Pollack, designer Donna Karan (who made the wedding dress), music producer Quincy Jones and composer Marvin Hamlisch, who conducted a 16-piece orchestra playing “Here Comes the Bride.” Despite one L.A. newscast’s report that Streisand’s close friend President Clinton planned to cut short his China visit in order to attend the nuptials, the Chief Executive was not there. But his brother Roger — with wife Molly — were.

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