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Barbra Streisand

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
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Full Name: Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand
Profession: Singer-Songwriter and Actress

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: American singer-songwriter, actress, film producer and director Barbra Streisand has sold over 145 million albums worldwide. She is one of the few people to have won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and a Grammy award.

Streisand began her career as a night club singer before becoming a star on Broadway. She released her first studio album "The Barbra Streisand Album" in 1963 and it went on to win two Grammys, including Best Album.

Streisand won her first of five Emmy Awards for her television special "My Name is Barbra" in 1964. For her debut film role as Fanny Brice in the 1968 film "Funny Girl", which she had played on Broadway, she won the Oscar for Best Actress. This win was the only tie for best actress in Academy Awards history - Katharine Hepburn also won.

Other successful films followed including in "The Way We Were" (1973) opposite Robert Redford and "A Star is Born" (1976) with Kris Kristofferson.

Streisand drew on her Jewish heritage as the creative force behind "Yentl" (1983) as co-writer, director, producer and star. She won a Golden Globe for Best Director for the film, the first woman to do so.

Streisand returned to live shows in the 1990s breaking box office records around the world.

Born: April 24, 1942
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Age: 79 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Taurus

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Married Life

  • 1963-03-21 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)
  • 1998-07-01 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer Barbra Streisand (57) weds actor James Brolin (58) in Malibu

Historical Events

  • 1955-12-29 Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
  • 1961-04-05 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"
  • 1961-10-21 Barbra Streisand opens in "Another Evening with Harry Stones"
  • 1962-03-22 Musical "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" starring Barbra Streisand in her Broadway debut opens at Shubert NYC for 300 performances
  • 1962-05-29 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Garry Moore Show"
  • 1962-10-01 Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)
  • 1963-06-09 Barbra Streisand appears, for her third time, on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
  • 1963-10-06 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Judy Garland Show"

  • 1964-03-12 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine & Roses, Barbra Streisand wins 2
  • 1964-03-22 Barbra Streisand appears on the cover of NY Times Magazine section
  • 1964-03-26 Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's musical "Funny Girl", starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opens at Winter Garden Theater, New York City; runs for 1,348 performances
  • 1964-10-31 Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks
  • 1965-04-28 "My Name is Barbra", Barbra Streisand's first television special, premieres on CBS
  • 1966-03-15 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Frank Sintra & Barbra Streisand
  • 1966-03-30 "Color Me Barbra", Barbra Streisand's second TV special and the first in color, premieres on CBS
  • 1967-06-17 Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park performed
  • 1967-10-17 Barbra Streisand stars on "Belle of 14th Street" special on CBS
  • 1968-09-15 "Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1968-09-18 "Funny Girl" biopic film based on life of Fanny Brice premieres, directed by William Wyler, starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif
  • 1969-04-14 41st Academy Awards: "Oliver", Cliff Robertson & Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand win (1st ever tie for best actress)
  • 1969-05-16 Barbra Streisand appears at a Friars Club Tribute
  • 1969-07-30 Barbra Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas
  • 1969-12-16 "Hello Dolly" with Barbra Streisand premieres
  • 1970-03-10 Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It"
  • 1971-03-14 Barbra Streisand appears on "The Burt Bacharach Special" on CBS TV
  • 1971-04-20 Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
  • 1972-03-10 "What's Up, Doc?", Peter Bogdanovich's film homage to screwball comedies, starring Ryan O'Neal, Barbra Streisand, Madeline Kahn & Kenneth Mars premieres
  • 1972-04-15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

  • 1973-04-19 Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"
  • 1973-09-27 “The Way We Were” single released by Barbra Streisand (Billboard Song of the Year 1974)
  • 1973-11-02 "Barbra Streisand ...and Other Musical Instruments" special premieres on CBS TV
  • 1974-02-02 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"
  • 1974-03-25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"
  • 1975-03-03 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Pictures) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)
  • 1976-12-18 Second remake of "A Star is Born" film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres
  • 1977-03-05 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)
  • 1978-02-20 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)
  • 1978-12-02 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1
  • 1980-06-01 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in California
  • 1980-10-25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1981-01-30 8th American Music Awards: Barbra Streisand & Kenny Rogers win
  • 1983-11-17 Film "Yentl" produced, directed and starring Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin premieres, based on play and story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • 1984-06-26 Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"
  • 1985-08-07 Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"
  • 1986-01-01 Barbra Streisand & Jon Peters relationship breaks up
  • 1986-09-06 300 invitees pay $5,000 to hear Barbra Streisand's benefit concert
  • 1987-12-20 "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand premieres
  • 1988-04-18 Barbra Streisand records "Warm All Over"
  • 1988-04-21 Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"
  • 1993-12-31 Barbra Streisand does her 1st live public concert in 20 years
  • 1994-05-10 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)
  • 2014-09-16 Barbra Streisand releases album "Partners" features duets with other artists, when reaches No 1, makes Streisand only recording-artist with top album in six decades
  • 2018-02-27 Barbra Streisand reveals she has cloned her dog twice