Her hands are all over her Malibu estate. She designed the buildings and the grounds, and wrote a book about it.
Smelling roses is something she rarely has time to do. She comes to the garden to relax - when she can. "There's not enough time for me," she said.
She's been busy: She's earned two Oscars, eight Grammies, and is the only performer to have a Number One album in five consecutive decades.
So you might find this part surprising: "This is the part where I tell you I'm lazy," she said. "Sure, I should go out now and do all my new songs, you know, from my last couple of albums. But would I rather be home reading or writing something? Probably."
Her creativity, she says, comes in spurts. Work hard, then retreat to Malibu with her husband, actor James Brolin, to recharge.
"Here we feel like we're always on vacation," she said in her garden. "It's a lovely feeling."
"Do you like performing?" Whitaker asked.
"Not particularly, no. I mean, I love the audience response and that, you know, feeling. But when you're performing and people pay money, a lot of money for tickets, it's an obligation to - every aspect has to be, I don't want to use the word perfect, 'cause nothing's perfect."
"But you keep striving for it?"
"I strive for excellence, I would say, yeah, yeah," Streisand said. "I'm a work in progress."
In a way her drive for excellence came from her mother.
"My mother never really thought I could become anything," she said. "She would tell me I'm too skinny. I'm, you know, my voice isn't strong enough, or whatever her comments were when she first saw me sing or act. But my point is I'm grateful to her for that. Because in a sense it made me who I am today."
Today, at 69, Barbra Streisand is in the middle of one of her creative spurts. There's still so much to do.
"That's why I don't ever say that I'm retired," she said. "I mean, I think I could record for years to come, and direct movies, and act in a few more, you know. And write much more. So it ain't over 'til it's over."
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