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Barbara Streisand Honors Late Author Pat Conroy

Singer/actress Barbra Streisand performs onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Thinkstock: Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer/actress Barbra Streisand performs onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Thinkstock: Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand paid tribute to the late author Pat Conroy yesterday, praising the writer of “Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini”, among other works, who died Friday from pancreatic cancer.

“First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy’s book, ‘The Prince of Tides,’ and then I fell in love with him,” Streisand said in a statement released today. “He was generous and kind, humble and loving … such a joy to work with. I was so honored that he entrusted his beautiful book to me. … I am so sad today. I lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a great writer.”

Streisand starred with Nick Nolte in the 1991 film version of “The Prince of Tides.”

Other books by Conroy that were made into feature films are “The Great Santini,” “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Water is Wide,” which was released under the title “Conrack.”

Conroy died Friday evening in his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. He was 70.

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