Phyllis was at the concert Barbra gave at that small club a few years ago. Babs went right into the audience and strangled her to death as the shocked crowd watched. But NO ONE reported it to the police! That's the power of Babs!
Hmmm. Barbra has two Oscars, Emmys, multiple Grammys, a staggering estate in Malibu, wealth beyond measure, a handsome hubby, and is still working.
Phyllis is an aged widow in a threadbare apartment who hasn't worked for years and prays every day for a revival of Subways Are for Sleeping.
Of course Barbra hates her. Streisand never forgets a slight.
I should have such a threadbare Central Park West apartment with a terrace that overlooks Central Park and two children who love and adore me and actually want to talk to me.
But Phyllis still beat her for the Tony Award, preventing Babs from being Officially EGOT.
It still bugs Babs to this day
Young Phyllis was in the film of PICNIC playing one of Kim Novak's high school chums.
I love her character name: Juanita Badger.
Both are (were) Upper West Side Jews. They understand each other.