Tuesday 7 November 2023

Barbra Streisand got Apple's chief executive Tim Cook to change Siri's pronunciation of her name

This is nothing to do with cats afraid but it's a nice little snippet of a news story which I've picked up today thanks to The Times. It concerns Barbra Streisand. A wonderful lady. But you know she says that she wasn't happy in her life and she craves happiness now. She had a difficult time and I suspect that she found comfort in her dogs. There is a picture of her in the newspaper of three gorgeous white dogs and she loves her children coming over to play with them. That is one way she can find happiness today.

The great Barbra Streisand with her dogs. The picture comes from the Daily Mail. I hope the photographer does not object to me using it. 

And she says that one perk of her fame is that she got Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, to change the way Siri pronounces her name. She must have been slightly miffed at least by the fact that Apple phones pronounced her name incorrectly with a Z. And she said that: "My name isn't spelt with a Z. It's Strei - sand, like sand on the beach. How simple can you get?"

She said that Tim Cook responded really nicely. She said, "Tim Cook was so lovely. We had Siri change the pronunciation. I guess that's one perk of fame!"

I've just read her compressed biography in The Times. She had a really tough childhood because after her father died through illness when she was 15 months old her mother's new husband was cold and uncaring towards her. He was a used car salesman and he never talked to her. He never asked her how she did at school or how she felt. And her mother didn't see her passion for wanting to be an actress.

Barbra Streisand got on that great ladder to fame when she entered a 1960s talent competition with a $50 prize and dinner. She won it. People saw a wonderful performer which is not surprising because her voice is extraordinary. And she's a great actress too.

She is one of the very few Egots, those who have one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. She sold 250 million records and won 10 Golden Globe awards, five Emmys, and two Oscars. I wish her well and happiness for the remainder of her life. She is currently 81 years of age.

P.S. please forgive the occasional typo. These articles are written at breakneck speed using Dragon Dictate. I have to prepare them in around 20 mins.

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