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Barbra Streisand Pens Beautiful Tribute to Late 'Prince of Tides' Author Pat Conroy

by Desiree Murphy 9:53 AM PST, March 05, 2016
Playing Barbra Streisand Pens Beautiful Tribute to Late 'Prince of Tides' Author Pat Conroy

Barbra Streisand is remembering her late friend, Pat Conroy.

Just one day after the author died at the age of 70 from pancreatic cancer, the Oscar-winning actress took to Instagram to share a photo of the two at the 44th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards in 1992, accompanied by a beautiful message detailing the significant role he played in her life.

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"First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy's book, 'The Prince of Tides,' and then I fell in love with him," she remembered. "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."

"Pat's natural language was poetry…he wrote sentences that are like an incantation," Streisand, 73, continued. "He observed every nuance of human behavior and dug deep down to the truth…presenting it in all its glorious and stubborn complexity."

"I am so sad today," she concluded. "I lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a great writer."

Streisand directed and starred in the film adaptation of The Prince of Tides. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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Conroy announced his cancer diagnosis in a post on his Facebook page last month. "I celebrated my 70th birthday in October and realized that I've spent my whole writing life trying to find out who I am and I don't believe I've even come close," the message read. "It was in Beaufort [South Carolina] in sight of a river's sinuous turn, and the movements of its dolphin-proud tides that I began to discover myself and where my life began at fifteen."

"I have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer," he continued. "With the help of the wonderful people at M.D. Anderson I intend to fight it hard. I am grateful to all my beloved readers, my friends and my family for their prayers. I owe you a novel and I intend to deliver it."

In addition to "The Prince of Tides," Conroy's other bestsellers include "The Great Santini" and "The Lords of Discipline," both of which were also adapted into films.

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