Jennifer Aniston's Amazing Transformation into Barbra Streisand

08/04/2010 at 08:00 AM EDT

Jennifer Aniston's Amazing Transformation into Barbra Streisand
Jennifer Aniston
Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar
Jennifer Aniston is one funny lady – but in a new photo shoot she's channeling Funny Girl star Barbra Streisand.

Aniston, who is a Streisand superfan, didn't need much convincing to dress up like one of her idols for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.

In fact, San Fernando Valley-born Aniston, 41, who stars in the Aug. 20 movie release The Switch, was already intimately acquainted with the Brooklyn-born Oscar-, Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony-winning superstar, 68.

"[Barbra] was wonderful, and you could talk to her about anything," Aniston tells the magazine about meeting Streisand at a Hollywood party on New Year's Eve a few years ago. "So, I happened to be talking to her and Jim [Streisand's husband, actor James Brolin] when it struck midnight. They said, 'Excuse us,' kissed each other, and then, very politely, kissed me.' "

During her photo shoot at a Los Angeles theater, Aniston listened to Streisand's 1964 signature song, "People," and donned outfits inspired by the singer-actress's wardrobe in two of her bigger movie hits, Funny Girl and What’s Up, Doc?

Jennifer Aniston's Amazing Transformation into Barbra Streisand| Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston

Courtesy Harper's Bazaar

She also warmly recalled another bonding moment with the diva: "I had a long conversation with Barbra about directing because I directed a short a couple years ago, and if I don't do it again soon, I'm going to burst out of my skin," says Aniston.

Naturally, Aniston's transformation could not be complete without Babs's signature talons. "The nails were like, 'There she is!' " says the Friends fashion plate. The resulting photos? Let’s just say they’re like buttah.

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