Hollywood icon Barbra Streisand (81) told how she had an intervention with Apple boss Tim Cook because of the wrong pronunciation of her name. Voice assistant Siri didn’t spell her name correctly: “My name is not spelled with a Z,” Streisand insisted. She previously revealed that the S in her last name is pronounced without a sound – i.e. hissing. However, in English, the Z is pronounced sonically and therefore softly.
The singer, actress and director, in an interview with British broadcaster BBC, expressed surprise that her name is so easy to pronounce. “I thought I’d better call Apple, I mean the head of Apple, Tim Cook,” she explained. “And she asked Siri to correct the pronunciation of my name.” The award-winning artist, who describes her rise to global stardom in her new memoir “My Name Is Barbara”, said: “That’s one of the perks of fame!”