Barbra Streisand

Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand (/ˈstrsænd/; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer and actress. With a career spanning over six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment, and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).

Barbra Streisand
Streisand in 2018
Born
Barbara Joan Streisand

(1942-04-24) April 24, 1942 (age 80)
New York City, U.S.
EducationErasmus Hall High School
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • filmmaker
WorksDiscography
Spouses
Partners
ChildrenJason Gould
Relatives
AwardsFull list
Musical career
Genres
Instrument(s)Vocals
Years active1960–present
LabelsColumbia
Websitebarbrastreisand.com

Streisand began her career by performing in nightclubs and Broadway theaters in the early 1960s. Following her guest appearances on various television shows, she signed to Columbia Records, insisting that she retain full artistic control, and accepting lower pay in exchange, an arrangement that continued throughout her career,[1] and released her debut The Barbra Streisand Album (1963), which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Throughout her recording career, Streisand has topped the US Billboard 200 chart with 11 albums—a record for a woman—including People (1964), The Way We Were (1974), Guilty (1980), and The Broadway Album (1985).[2] She also achieved five number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100—"The Way We Were", "Evergreen", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and "Woman in Love".

Following her established recording success in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade.[3] She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl (1968), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.[4] Additional fame followed with films including the extravagant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969), the screwball comedy What's Up, Doc? (1972), and the romantic drama The Way We Were (1973). Streisand won a second Academy Award for writing the love theme from A Star Is Born (1976), the first woman to be honored as a composer.[5] With the release of Yentl (1983), Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film.[6] The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and for 37 years, the only) woman to win that award. Streisand later directed The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

With sales exceeding 150 million records worldwide, Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.[7][8] According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the second highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 68.5 million certified album units.[9] Billboard ranked Streisand as the greatest female artist on the Billboard 200 chart and the top Adult Contemporary female artist of all time.[10][11] Her accolades include two Academy Awards,[12] 10 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award,[13] five Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards,[14] the Presidential Medal of Freedom,[15] and nine Golden Globes.[16]


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