Facts about Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is 80 years old
Born: April 24, 1942
Best known as: The Oscar-winning star of Funny Girl

     

     

Barbra Streisand Biography

A multi-talented star of stage, screen, and music, Barbra Streisand is the top-selling female artist in American music recording history.

After her splashy debut on Broadway in 1962’s I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Barbra Streisand played entertainer Fanny Brice in the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl. The role called for a rare blend of charm, vocal range, comedy chops, and sex appeal, and Streisand’s success set the pattern for the decade that followed.

Her 1965 television special, My Name is Barbra, won five Emmy awards and made her a small-screen star. In 1968 she went herself one better, winning the best actress Oscar for William Wyler‘s film version of Funny Girl. She went on to do comedy and romance in a series of film hits, including Hello, Dolly! (1969), the slapstick classic What’s Up, Doc? (1972, directed by Peter Bogdanovich), the postwar romance The Way We Were (1973, with Robert Redford) and A Star Is Born (1976, with Kris Kristofferson — and with Streisand winning a second Oscar for the love theme “Evergreen”).

She wrote, directed and starred in 1983’s Yentl and 1991’s The Prince of Tides (with Nick Nolte).

A legendary case of stage fright kept Streisand from performing publicly for the next two decades, but in those years she remained a top star in recording and movie studios.

In 1986 she began singing in public again, and in 1998 she married actor James Brolin. As of 2014, she had won more gold records (52) than any other female performer in history; as of 2015, the RIAA said she had sold 68.5 million albums in her career in the US alone.

While not making movies or singing, Streisand kicks up dust in the political arena as an outspoken Democrat. She has been a staunch supporter of Democratic presidential candidates including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Streisand is also a member of the honorary EGOT club, having won Emmy (5), Grammy (9), Oscar (2), and Tony (1) awards. She was awarded Kennedy Center Honors in 2008.

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Barbra Streisand shared the 1968 best actress Oscar with Katharine Hepburn, who was honored for The Lion in Winter… Barbra Streisand shared the Oscar for “Evergreen” with lyricist Paul Williams… She was married to actor Elliot Gould from 1963 until their divorce in 1971. Their son, Jason Gould (b. 1966), also became an actor.


     

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