Barbra Streisand has revealed in a stunning interview that she successfully made two clones of her recently deceased pet.
The Academy Award-winning actress and singer told Variety that two of her Coton de Tulear dogs, Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet, were cloned from her 14-year-old pet Samantha, who died in 2017.
She said the cells were harvested from Sam’s mouth and stomach.
“They have different personalities,” Streisand said of the two clones, who she named after initially dressing both dogs in red and lavender to tell them apart.
“I’m waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her [Samantha’s] brown eyes and seriousness.”
Streisand added that she owns a third dog of the same breed – which she said is a distant cousin of her original dog.
It is unknown how much the procedure cost Streisand to clone her two pups. According to reports the process costs roughly $US100,000 ($128,000).
The 75-year-old also suggested a caption for Variety’s portrait of her posing with Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett: “Send in the Clones,” a nod to her popular 1985 cover of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns.
Streisand’s obsession with her canine companions has been well documented.
Late last year, Streisand told the Associated Press of the heartbreak of losing Samantha.
“She was always with me; the last 14 years she went everywhere I went,” she said.
“She was at every performance. It was like losing a child. It was kind of awful.”
In 2003, Streisand made a tribute to her white, fluffy friends on Oprah, in which she performed a cover of Charlie Chaplin and Nat King Cole’s Smile while a slideshow of her dog played in the background.