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Barbra Streisand is an American actress, singer-songwriter and producer

InformationDetail
BirthdayApril 24, 1942
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-songwriter, Jewish Actresses, Jewish Singers, Philanthropists, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, T V & Movie Producers, Singers
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesJames Brolin
Known asBarbara Joan Streisand
Childrens Jason Gould
Universities
  • Erasmus Hall High School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • First Artists Production Company
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Political IdeologyDemocratic Party
Height165cm
GenderFemale
FatherEmmanuel Streisand
MotherDiana Streisand
Net Worth$340 million as of Jan 16,2017
Sun SignTaurus
Born inBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Famous asAmerican singer-songwriter

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Who is Barbra Streisand?

One of the highest-selling female recording artists of all time, Barbra Streisand, has sold a total of 71.5 million albums in the United States of America alone and 140 million albums worldwide. Regarded as one the most commercially successful entertainers, she won the Academy Award for her debut movie, ‘Funny Girl’. The movie earned her great fame and helped her carve a place in Hollywood. Recipient of eight Grammy Awards, she is the only performer whose albums reached the number one position for five consecutive decades. Popularly nicknamed ‘queen of firsts’, she is one of the most versatile entertainers who has donned many hats and has received immense success be it in Broadway, television, direction or even music. She shot to fame with her debut recording album, ‘The Barbra Streisand Album’ and through her sheer hard work and talent became a household name in America. Some of her memorable performances were for the films, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘A Star Is Born’. She was identified as the most favourite singer of the twentieth century by the Reuter’s News Agency.

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Childhood & Early Life

Barbra Streisand was born into a poor Jewish family and lost her father when she was just a year old.

She made her stage debut with a solo act while she studied at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn. She later attended the Erasmus Hall High School.

She did not attend college and moved to New York City after graduating from high school.

Career

During her teenage years she worked as a singer at a nightclub, after which she appeared in ‘Summer stock theatre’ and a number of ‘Off-Broadway productions like, ‘Driftwood’.

In 1960, she moved to New York and sang in a number of prominent nightclubs like Bon Soir and the Blue Angel.

In 1961, she made her debut on television with ‘The Tonight Show’ and sang Harold Arlen’s ‘A Sleepin Bee’. The same year she became a semi-regular on ‘PM East/PM West’, a late night talk show.

In 1962, she rose to fame with the Broadway musical ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ as ‘Miss Marmelstein’. She also started appearing as a guest on ‘The Tonight Show’.

In 1963, her debut album titled ‘The Barbra Streisand Album’ was released by Columbia records which reached the eighth spot on the billboard charts. The album was certified Gold.

She received phenomenal success with the Broadway hit ‘Funny Girl’, premiered at the Winter Garden theatre in 1964. It also received great appreciation in 1966 at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.

In 1965, she appeared on the award-winning television special ‘My Name is Barbra’ which was released in conjunction with her studio album of the same title.

In 1968, the Broadway hit ‘Funny Girl’ was made into a romantic musical film by director William Wyler, where she played the role of ‘Fanny Brice’, a Broadway and film star.

From 1969 to 1972, she appeared in several musical comedies like ‘Hello, Dolly’ and ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ and other non-musical films like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘What’s Up Doc’.

In 1971, she began recording more contemporary items for her albums and released ‘Stoney End’. The title track of the album became a major hit.

She was named the most successful female singer in the U.S. in the 1970s as her songs frequently appeared on the pop charts.

In 1972, she founded the production company, ‘Barwood Films’ and starred in the company’s first film ‘Up The Sandbox’, an American comedy directed by Irvin Kershner.

Her role in the 1973 romantic drama film ‘The Way We Were’ earned her an Academy Award nomination and the title track of the film became her first number one single.

In 1980, she released one of her most successful Grammy Award-winning albums ‘Guilty’. The title track of the same reached the number 3 position on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ the same year.

In 1991, a compilation of all her works including live performances, songs, and other unreleased material, were released in a four-disc edition titled’ Just for the Record’.

After an eight year hiatus from acting, she appeared in the 2004 comedy film ‘Meet the Fockers’, and later in its sequels ‘Meet the Parents’ and ‘Little Fockers’.

In 2012, as a part of the ‘Barbra Live Tour’, she performed for three hours straight at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn. Some of the prominent guests present at the venue were Woody Allen, Michael Douglas, Donna Karen and Ralph Lauren.

Major Works

Her 1968 film ‘Funny Girl’ earned $ 58.5 million at the box office and in 2006, the film appeared at the 16th spot in American Film Institute’s list of the Greatest Movie Musicals.

‘A Star is Born’, released in 1976, earned $80 billion at the box office and received good reviews. The film’s theme song ‘Evergreen’, sung by Streisand, became a huge hit and featured at the number one position on the Billboard 200. The track also appeared in ‘Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute’, a tribute album.

Her 2009 Gold certified album ‘Love Is the Answer’, reached the number one position on the Billboard 200, making her the only artist to have a number one album to her credit for five consecutive decades- the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the new millennium.

Awards & Achievements

In 1963, she won the Grammy Award in the categories, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Female Vocal Performance’ for ‘The Barbra Streisand Album’

In 1964, she won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Female Vocal Performance’ for the album ‘People’.

In 1969, she won the Academy Award and in 1970, the Golden Globe in the category, ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for the movie, ‘Funny Girl.

In 1977, she won the Academy Award in the category, ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Evergreen’ from the movie ‘A Star is Born’. She also won the Golden Globe ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Original Song’ award and also bagged a Grammy Award for the track.

Personal Life & Legacy

Barbra Streisand has been married twice. From 1963 to 1971, she was married to actor Elliot Gould and the couple had a son, Jason Gould. In 1998, she married actor James Brolin. They have no children together but Brolin has two children from her first marriage.

She has been romantically involved with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

In 1986, she founded ‘The Streisand Foundation’ that has donated over $16 million for noteworthy causes like voter education, women’s issues, civil rights, and nuclear disarmament.

Trivia

This Academy Award-winning American actress, who appeared in the comedy film ‘Meet the Fockers’, was a switchboard operator for a brief period.

This Grammy Award recipient and highest-selling female recording artist of all time was scared of giving live performances and hence, avoided it for three decades.

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Barbra Streisand awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1977Best Music, Original SongA Star Is Born (1976)
1969Best Actress in a Leading RoleFunny Girl (1968)

Golden Globe Awards

1984Best Director - Motion PictureYentl (1983)
1978World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1977Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalA Star Is Born (1976)
1977Best Original Song - Motion PictureA Star Is Born (1976)
1975World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1971World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1970World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1969Best Actress - Comedy or MusicalFunny Girl (1968)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2001Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramTimeless: Live in Concert (2001)
1995Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramBarbra: The Concert (1995)
1995Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialBarbra: The Concert (1995)
1965Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and PerformersMy Name Is Barbra (1965)

ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards

1998Most Performed Songs from Motion PicturesThe Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
1988Most Performed Feature Film StandardsA Star Is Born (1976)

People's Choice Awards

1988All-Time Favorite Female VocalistWinner
1984Favorite All-Around Female EntertainerWinner
1978Favorite Motion Picture ActressWinner
1977Favorite Motion Picture ActressWinner
1975Favorite Motion Picture ActressWinner
1975Favorite Female Musical PerformerWinner

Barbra Streisand biography timelines

  • // 1960
    In 1960, she moved to New York and sang in a number of prominent nightclubs like Bon Soir and the Blue Angel.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, she made her debut on television with ‘The Tonight Show’ and sang Harold Arlen’s ‘A Sleepin Bee’. The same year she became a semi-regular on ‘PM East/PM West’, a late night talk show.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, she rose to fame with the Broadway musical ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ as ‘Miss Marmelstein’. She also started appearing as a guest on ‘The Tonight Show’.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, her debut album titled ‘The Barbra Streisand Album’ was released by Columbia records which reached the eighth spot on the billboard charts. The album was certified Gold.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, she won the Grammy Award in the categories, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Female Vocal Performance’ for ‘The Barbra Streisand Album’
  • // 1964
    She received phenomenal success with the Broadway hit ‘Funny Girl’, premiered at the Winter Garden theatre in 1964. It also received great appreciation in 1966 at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre.
  • // 1964
    In 1964, she won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Female Vocal Performance’ for the album ‘People’.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, she appeared on the award-winning television special ‘My Name is Barbra’ which was released in conjunction with her studio album of the same title.
  • // 1968
    In 1968, the Broadway hit ‘Funny Girl’ was made into a romantic musical film by director William Wyler, where she played the role of ‘Fanny Brice’, a Broadway and film star.
  • // 1968
    In 1986, she founded ‘The Streisand Foundation’ that has donated over $16 million for noteworthy causes like voter education, women’s issues, civil rights, and nuclear disarmament.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, she won the Academy Award and in 1970, the Golden Globe in the category, ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for the movie, ‘Funny Girl.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, she began recording more contemporary items for her albums and released ‘Stoney End’. The title track of the album became a major hit.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, she founded the production company, ‘Barwood Films’ and starred in the company’s first film ‘Up The Sandbox’, an American comedy directed by Irvin Kershner.
  • // 1973
    Her role in the 1973 romantic drama film ‘The Way We Were’ earned her an Academy Award nomination and the title track of the film became her first number one single.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, she won the Academy Award in the category, ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Evergreen’ from the movie ‘A Star is Born’. She also won the Golden Globe ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Original Song’ award and also bagged a Grammy Award for the track.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, she released one of her most successful Grammy Award-winning albums ‘Guilty’. The title track of the same reached the number 3 position on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ the same year.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, a compilation of all her works including live performances, songs, and other unreleased material, were released in a four-disc edition titled’ Just for the Record’.
  • // 2004
    After an eight year hiatus from acting, she appeared in the 2004 comedy film ‘Meet the Fockers’, and later in its sequels ‘Meet the Parents’ and ‘Little Fockers’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, as a part of the ‘Barbra Live Tour’, she performed for three hours straight at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn. Some of the prominent guests present at the venue were Woody Allen, Michael Douglas, Donna Karen and Ralph Lauren.

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Barbra Streisand's FAQ

  • What is Barbra Streisand birthday?

    Barbra Streisand was born at 1942-04-24

  • Where is Barbra Streisand's birth place?

    Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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    Barbra Streisand's nationalities is American

  • Who is Barbra Streisand spouses?

    Barbra Streisand's spouses is James Brolin

  • Who is Barbra Streisand childrens?

    Barbra Streisand's childrens is Jason Gould

  • What was Barbra Streisand universities?

    Barbra Streisand studied at Erasmus Hall High School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Barbra Streisand?

    Barbra Streisand was the founder/co-founder of First Artists Production Company

  • What is Barbra Streisand's political ideology?

    Barbra Streisand's political ideology is Democratic Party

  • How tall is Barbra Streisand?

    Barbra Streisand's height is 165

  • Who is Barbra Streisand's father?

    Barbra Streisand's father is Emmanuel Streisand

  • Who is Barbra Streisand's mother?

    Barbra Streisand's mother is Diana Streisand

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