LOS ANGELES • It is not only the Chinese who are celebrating the Year of the Dog.
For Barbra Streisand, it is also a case of puppy love.
The Funny Girl singer and actress had her beloved 14-year-old Coton de Tulear dog, Samantha, cloned after its death last year, and now has two new pups.
Streisand told Hollywood trade publication Variety in an interview published on Tuesday that cells were taken from the mouth and stomach of Samantha.
"They have different personalities," she said of the pups.
"I'm waiting for them to get older so I can see if they have her brown eyes and her seriousness."
Streisand added that when the cloned dogs arrived, she dressed them in red and lavender to tell them apart, which is how they got their names - Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet.
The Oscar-and Tony-winning actress, 75, said while waiting for their arrival, she became smitten with another dog, which was a distant relation of Samantha.
The Coton de Tulear dog was called Funny Girl, but Streisand adopted it and gave it the name Miss Fanny, which is how Fanny Brice's dresser refers to Streisand's character in the 1968 movie that launched her career.
Streisand followed up Funny Girl - for which she won an Oscar - with Hello Dolly!, but said she had never much liked the film.
"I thought I was totally miscast. I tried to get out of it,"she told Variety. "I think it's so silly. It's so old-time musical."