A Star Is Born is a 1976 American musical romantic drama film directed by Frank Pierson, written by Pierson, John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion, and starring Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Busey, Paul Mazursky, and Joanne Linville.
The film’s narrative follows a young singer who meets and falls in love with an established rock and roll star, only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. It is a remake of the 1937 original starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which had also been adapted in 1954 as a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and again in 2018 starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
A Star Is Born premiered at the Mann Village Theater on December 18, 1976, and was theatrically released by Warner Bros. Pictures on December 19, 1976. It became a huge box office success, grossing $80 million on a $6 million budget in North America, becoming the 2nd highest-grossing film of 1976. However, it received mixed reviews, with praise for its performances and musical score, but criticism of the screenplay, lack of originality, and the runtime.
The film received four nominations at the 49th Academy Awards; Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound, and winning Best Original Song for its love theme “Evergreen”.
These behind-the-scenes photos captured portraits of Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson during filming A Star is Born in 1976.