A look back at Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in 'A Star Is Born'

Before Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper starred as Ally and Jackson in the 2018 “A Star is Born,” there were Esther and John. Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson played the iconic lovers in 1976 — proceeding Janet Gaynor and Fredric March in 1937 and Judy Garland and James Mason in 1954.

The film, directed by Frank Pierson, became the third-highest grossing movie of 1976 and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Evergreen” along with five Golden Globe Awards.

Kristofferson was the heartthrob and sex symbol of the era while Streisand was known for her extraordinary vocals and songwriting abilities —  similar to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga today.

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Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in ‘A Star is Born’

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Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand in a romantic scene from the Warner Brothers 1976 film, A Star is Born, directed by Frank Pierson.

NEW YORK CITY – DECEMBER 23: Actress/Singer Barbra Streisand and producer Jon Peters attend ‘A Star is Born’ Premiere Party on December 23, 1976 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

(Original Caption) New York: Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (R), stars of A Star Is Born, and Lon Peters the film’s producer, join hands at the party 12/23 in honor of Miss Streisand given by The Association For A Better New York.

Barbra Streisand during ‘A Star Is Born’ New York City Premiere – After Party at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, and Jon Peters (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Barbra Streisand on Stage (Photo by Tony Korody/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand performing at an outdoor concert in a scene from the Warner Brothers 1976 film, A Star is Born, directed by Frank Pierson.

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, and Jon Peters are on location, in Sun Devil Stadium, for the filming of ‘A Star Is Born’, 1976. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

American actress and singer Barbra Streisand holding her two Academy Awards Oscar statuettes, circa 1976. (Photo by Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)

(Original Caption) Phoenix, Arizona: Barbra Streisand, actress, shown performing to young crowd at Phoenix Tempe Football Stadium in movie A Star is Born.

(Original Caption) Phoenix, Arizona: Barbra Streisand, actress, shown performing to young crowd at Phoenix Tempe Football Stadium in movie A Star is Born.

Singers Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson attending the premiere party for ‘A Star is Born’ on December 23, 1976 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, and Jon Peters are on location, in Sun Devil Stadium, for the filming of ‘A Star Is Born’, 1976. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand on the set of ‘A Star is Born’. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

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Check our the 1976 trailer below:

Streisand praised the 2018 rendition in a recent interview. “I loved it. I think it’s wonderful, I think she’s [Lady Gaga] wonderful. Bradley told me spent months with her working to see her real self. In other words, I call her Stephanie. I can’t call her ‘Lady Gaga,’ but I understand why she called herself Lady Gaga, I understand that person and I think it’s great. They are going to have a big it!” 

Check out Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper below!

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at 75th Venice Film Festival

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VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Antony Jones/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga attend ‘A Star Is Born’ photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Actor Bradley Cooper and Singer and actress Lady Gaga attend ‘A Star Is Born’ photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Actor Bradley Cooper and Singer and actress Lady Gaga attend ‘A Star Is Born’ photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper attend ‘A Star Is Born’ photocall during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/GC Images,)

VENICE, ITALY – AUGUST 31: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are seen during the 75th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2018 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/GC Images)

director and actor Bradley Cooper and singer and actress Lady Gaga arrive at the Excelsior Hotel on August 31, 2018 during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Venice Lido. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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