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Brooklyn-born in 1942, Streisand parlayed a great set of pipes and a New York accent into one of the biggest show business success stories of all time. Her father died when she was 15 months old, dropping the family into near poverty. She attended the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn and gave her first performance there at age 7. She became a nightclub singer in her teens and played summer stock and in off-Broadway productions. She made her first television appearance on the Tonight Show in 1961 and performed at high class nightclubs in the U. S. and Canada for a few years. Her career took a big bounce up with the role of Fanny Brice on Broadway in Funny Girl and then she reprised the role in the film version, for which she received the Oscar as Best Actress in 1968. Other notable films included Hello Dolly (1969), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), What's Up, Doc? (1972) and The Way We Were (1973). She also produced a few of her own films, including Yentl (1983) and Prince of Tides (1991). Altogether, Barbra Streisand has won two Oscars, eight Grammys, five Emmys, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute Award, a Peabody Award and Kennedy Center Honors. She has sold 71.5 million albums in the U. S., 140 million worldwide. She holds the record for most Top Ten albums of any female artist, 31 since 1963. She is one of the very few artists to have No. 1 albums in five consecutive decades. She has 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum and 13 Multi-Platinum. making her one of the most commercially successful performers of all time.


         "Don't rain on my parade."  


    Barbara Streisand takes home an Oscar for her film debut as singer-comedienne Fanny Brice, whose life off-stage was as conflicted and unhappy as her stage performances were hilarious. It's not a factual biography but is a first-class musical all the same and great entertainment. The excellent supporting roles are filled by Omar Sharif, Walter Pidgeon, Kay Medford and Anne Francis. A sequel, Funny Lady, was produced a few years later.

1968, Directed by William Wyler

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