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7 February 2020, 11:35 | Updated: 7 February 2020, 13:27
Richard E Grant is probably the happiest person in the world right now, after he finally unveiled his long-awaited Barbra Streisand statue. Yep, that's correct.
Just like Richard told Smooth's Kate Garraway back in December, Richard has been looking forward to receiving a massive bust of Barbra's face, and he's finally got it.
Richard won the hearts of everyone last year, when he tweeted a letter he sent to Barbra as a child asking her to come to tea one day. Not only did Barbra see it, but she replied to him and congratulated his success in the drama Can You Ever Forgive Me?
He has since met the superstar several times, and later commissioned the special statue for his personal collection.
"Commissioned a sculpture of [Barbra Streisand] as I’ve been an avid fan for over half a century," Richard said. "It’s 2 foot tall and finally received it today!"
Watch the video of his unveiling above.
Speaking to Kate last year, Richard said: "I’ve been a fan for 50 years. So to finally meet her and spend so much time socially with her this year, and to see her in concert twice, guest-ticketed by herself, was off the chart.
"I wrote to her when I was 14. I then posted this letter that I had written to her back in the 1970s on Twitter when I had taken a photograph standing outside her gate in Malibu of her house. I was glad that I wasn’t arrested.
"And then the following day, she replied to my tweet. So it was… you know, if you’re a fan of anybody, then you understand that. And of course, most people say you shouldn’t be a fan of anybody over the age of 20. You’re emotionally arrested. But I stand guilty of that, if that’s the case, and happily so."
Speaking about how he was at a house party with Barbra, he continued: "I sat next to her, lying poolside, and I asked her husband, James Brolin, if I could just speak to her one to one. And he said, 'Sure'.
"And I spoke to her for two hours, to one o’clock in the morning, until there was nobody else left there at this party.
"So for a fan, it was beyond anything that I could have wished for or imagined. And I told her that I was having a 3ft sculpture of her nose and mouth commissioned. And she said, 'You are insane. You are certifiably insane'.
"I said, 'Happily so'. So I’m getting that on the 14th of January. It’s so good. It’s an exact likeness. So I’ll have my own Babs."