Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. Among her many films are Hello, Dolly! (1969), A Star Is Born (1976), Yentl (1983) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). As a child she attended the Beis Yakov Jewish School in Brooklyn. She is good friends with singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, with whom she dueted on the smash hit song, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". They both attended the same high school and sang together in the school choir. Barbra has one son, Jason Gould, with ex-husband Elliott Gould. She is now married to James Brolin. She has won many awards including two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People's Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards and two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Barbra has also received an American Film Institute award and a Cecil B. DeMilleAward.
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Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, from a middle class Jewish family, she grew up dreaming to become an actress (or even an actress / conductor, as she happily describes her teenager years in one of her concerts). After a brief period as nightclub singer in New York and Off-Broadway performer, in which she began to rise interest and admiration thanks to her original and powerful vocal talent, Streisand debuted on Broadway in the 1962 musical comedy "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" by Harold Rome, receiving a Tony Award Best Supporting Actress nomination and a New York Drama Critics Poll award. The following year, she reached great commercial success with her first Columbia solo releases "The Barbra Streisand Album"(multiple Grammy winner, including "Best Album of the Year") and "The Second Barbra Stresand Album" (her first RIAA Gold Album); her first albums, mostly devoted to composer Harold Arlen, brought her also critical praise and, most of all, large popularity in all US. In 1964 she continued to increase her fame due to a new original Broadway show, "Funny Girl" by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, a musical based upon the life of 30's comedienne Fanny Brice; the show main song "People" became her first hit and Barbra appeared on Time magazine cover. After many TV show appearances as guest star, like "The Judy Garland Show" (for which she was nominated for an 1963 Emmy), she signed an exclusive contract with CBS for a series of annual TV special: "My Name is Barbra" (1964, Emmy winner) and "Color me Barbra" (1965, her first work in color) were extremely successful. After a brief London stage period and the birth of her son Jason Gould (with then-husband Elliott Gould), in summer 1967 she gave a memorable free concert in New York, "A Happening in Central Park", that was filmed and later cut as a TV special; then, she flew to Hollywood for her first movie, the film version of her Broadway success "Funny Girl": the picture, directed by William Wyler, opened in 1968 and became an hit even abroad, making Barbra an international "superstar" and multiple award winner, including her first Oscar as Best Actress. After continuing screen musical experiences with Gene Kelly's "Hello Dolly" (1969) and Vincente Minnelli's "On a clear day You Can See forever" (1970), she preferred to run into comedies, like "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) and smash hit "What's Up Doc"(1972) and dramas, like almost surreal "Up the Sandbox" (1972) and celebrated classic "The Way We Were" (1973), by Sydney Pollack with Robert Redford, in which Streisand gave of her finest performance. The song "The Way We Were" (written by Marvin Hamlish and the Bergmans) became one of Barbra's biggest hits and most memorable and famous songs. Returning on TV for a new special conceived as a musical journey all around many different World styles, "Barbra Streisand and other Musical Instruments" (1973), she returned (for contractual reasons) to her Fanny Brice role in "Funny Lady"(1975) and she adventured herself into her first extremely personal filming project "A Star is Born" (1976), one of the biggest hits of the year, for which she won Best Actress Golden Globe and her second Oscar for the song "Evergreen". Always extremely busy on the discography side, with a generally -at least- new album per year throughout all the 70's and 80's, she collected many high successful projects in the period, including songs as "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (duet with Neil Diamond), "Enough is Enough" (with Donna Summer) , "The Main Event" (from a Barbra's comedy with friend Ryan O'Neal) and the album "Guilty", written for her by Bee Gee's Barry Gibb, that sold more than 10 million copies Worldwide. Streisand debuted as a director with the musical drama "Yentl" (1983), portraying a Jewish girl who has access to the world of culture disguised as a man. The movie received generally positive reviews and the beautiful score by Michel Legrand and lyricist Marilyn and Alan Bergman stands up as one of Streisand's finest musical works. At the 1983 Oscars, the movie was presented with many nominations (winning in 2 categories) but not received a Best Directing nomination, causing great controversy and bitterness among fans: nowadays, this exclusion is still considered among the biggest "snubs" in Oscar History. After the unexpected immense success of Grammy Award winner "The Broadway Album" (1985), that contributed to introduce the world of American musical theatre (with great regard for Sondheim's) to an all new generation of audiences, Streisand gave a memorable concert, after 20 years of stage silence, simply named "One Voice" (1986), to an all star audience; she subsequently returned to the cinemas in the adaptation of "Nuts"(1987), a drama directed by Martin Ritt, in the sensitive role of a prostitute accused of murder who fights for not being considered mentally "insane" by law. In 1991, Barbra directed "The Prince of Tides", probably the pinnacle of her screen career, playing the role of a psychiatrist who tries to help a man (Nick Nolte) in finding pieces of his past life: the motion pictures received 7 Oscar Nominations (but again NOT for Best Directing) and a nomination from Director Guilds of America. In 1994 she returned on stage after 27 years for a series of all sold out concerts (for the televised version of one of these, she won another Emmy). In the 90's she broke several personal records: with two #1 albums ("Back to Broadway",1993 and "Higher Ground",1997) she became the only artist to achieve n°1 album in Billboard in the 60s,70s,80s and 90's; eventually, she extended this record with a fifth decade of success in 2009 with the jazz album "Love is the Answer". In 1996, she starred in her third and last picture as director, "The Mirror Has Two Faces", along with Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall, one of the very few pictures with a "happy ending". "The girl got the guy" even in the real life: in 1997 Barbra married well know TV actor James Brolin. Focusing herself again in concerts in 2000 ("Timeless") and in 2006-2007 (with even a European tour), Barbra made only two more films, having a supporting role as sex therapist mother in the Ben Stiller's funny saga "Meet the Fockers" (2004) and "Little Fockers" (2010), alongside Dustin Hoffmann and Robert De Niro. She published a book devoted to her "Passion for Design" (2010) and celebrated her friendship with the Bergmans with an entire album of their songs, "What Matters Most" (2011), that debuted in the top 10. After a long pause from active filming, she's currently working to a film version of the well known Jule Styne's musical "Gipsy" and she will return in a starring role for the 2012 holiday season with "Guilt Trip", a mother/son picture, co-starring Seth Rogen and directed by Anne Fletcher.
In almost 50 years of career, Streisand has contributed to the show business industry in an a personal and unique way, collecting a large fan-base that embraces more generations: despite the immense powerful and recognizable vocal range, most of her funny, often self deprecating, humor, side by side her serious dramatic sensible performances and strong politics, Streisand originality shines in her constant and pure research for "Beauty": a strong and romantic conception in which Love stands out as the main feeling to find in ourselves to be shared with others. That's her extremely positive and optimistic message that sounds "evergreen" nowadays more than ever. Not bad for a girl who came from Brooklyn with a "who-cares-if-I'm-not-a-beauty" look and an immense talent, whose perfection is undoubtedly the result of her imperfections.
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