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Barbra Streisand

1942-
From: United States: California, New York
Fields: Music, Philanthropy, Stage and Screen
Key Words/Phrases: singer, songwriter, filmmaker, actress
 
Streisand, Barbra (1942- ), American singer, stage and motion-picture actor, director, and producer. She was born Barbara Streisand in Brooklyn, New York. After winning a talent contest, she obtained a succession of singing engagements and occasional television performances. In 1961 Streisand appeared in an off-Broadway play that lasted only one night but gained her a job singing at the Blue Angel Club. She then was given a role in the Broadway production of I Can Get It For You Wholesale, which opened in 1962. When the play closed nine months later, Streisand received offers from nightclubs, television and Broadway producers, and record companies. Her portrayal on Broadway of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1964) was greeted with critical acclaim, and in 1968 she won an Academy Award for her film debut in the same role. Her subsequent films included Hello Dolly! (1969); On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970); Up the Sandbox (1972); The Way We Were (1973); A Star Is Born (1976); The Main Event (1979); All Night Long (1981); Yentl (1983), which she also directed and produced; Nuts (1987); and The Prince of Tides (1991), which she also directed and coproduced. Streisand has also starred in several television specials and she produced the television movie Serving in Silence in 1995. Her first record album, Barbra Streisand: The First Album, sold more than a million copies, as did several of her later albums. In 1987 she was awarded a Grammy as best female pop vocalist for The Broadway Album (1986).

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