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Barbra Streisand

Barbra StreisandAKA Barbra Joan Streisand

Born: 24-Apr-1942
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Streisand was a struggling actress and nightclub singer in the early 1960s, before landing her first part in a Broadway show, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, in 1962. Her first record was the cast album for that show, and she shot to national stardom after an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. She quickly signed with Columbia Records, and her first solo album, The Barbra Streisand Album, was a top-ten, gold-selling record in 1963.

On Broadway, she starred in Funny Girl, which ran two years, and her first top-ten single, "People", came from that show. A series of network television specials (back when there were only three networks) helped sell her albums, and Streisand won an Oscar starring in the film of Funny Girl in 1968. Her movie work includes romantic comedy (The Owl & The Pussycat), screwball comedy (What's Up Doc?), and the big tearjerkers The Way We Were and A Star is Born. She has also occasionally directed films, always starring Barbra Streisand: Yentl, The Prince of Tides, and The Mirror Has Two Faces.

Streisand has had more albums go platinum than any other female singer, and with forty-seven gold albums, she's in second place on the all-time list, trailing only Elvis Presley but ahead of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Almost every album she's made has sold at least a million copies. In 2000, she sang a series of "farewell concerts", with tickets selling as high as $2,500. Anti-fans, meanwhile, hate Streisand's music and films with a passion beyond measure, deriding her as overly melodramatic, big-nosed, and in love with herself. Yentl, for example -- there aren't many movie musicals where one singer sings all the songs.

Some of Streisand's biggest hits have been collaborations. She's recorded duets with Neil Diamond ("You Don't Bring Me Flowers") and Donna Summer ("No More Tears/Enough Is Enough"). The Bee Gee's Barry Gibb produced her biggest selling album, Guilty, which included the #1 hit "Woman in Love."

Streisand is also one of show business's most outspoken advocates of leftwing politics.

Father: Emanuel Streisand (grammar teacher, d. 4-Aug-1943)
Mother: Diana Ida Rosen (school secretary)
Husband: Elliott Gould (actor, m. 21-Mar-1963, div. 1971, one son)
Son: Jason Gould (actor, b. 29-Dec-1966)
Boyfriend: Ryan O'Neal (actor)
Boyfriend: Jon Peters (Hollywood producer)
Boyfriend: Don Johnson (actor)
Boyfriend: James Newton Howard (composer)
Husband: James Brolin (actor, m. 1-Jul-1998)
Boyfriend: Richard Gere (actor)
Boyfriend: Andre Agassi (tennis player)
Boyfriend: Liam Neeson (actor)
Boyfriend: Pierre Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister)
Boyfriend: Kris Kristofferson (1970s)
Boyfriend: Peter Jennings (1990s)

    High School: Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn, NY (1959)

    amfAR National Council
    Citizens for a Moratorium on Federal Executions
    Dean for America
    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    EMILY's List
    Friends of Hillary
    George McGovern for President, 1972
    Gephardt for President
    Gore 2000
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
    Hollywood Women's Political Committee
    John Edwards for President
    John Kerry for President
    Midwest Values PAC
    New Leadership for America PAC
    Obama for America
    Obama for Illinois
    Obama Victory Fund 2012
    Progressive Majority
    Sharpton 2004
    Voters for Choice
    Grammy Legend Award (1992)
    Grammy Best Pop Vocal Performance (female), The Broadway Album (1987)
    Grammy Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal, "Guilty" (1980)
    Grammy Song of the Year, "Evergreen" (1977)
    Grammy Best Pop Vocal Performance (female), love theme from A Star Is Born: "Evergreen" (1977)
    Grammy Best Vocal Performance (female), My Name Is Barbra (1965)
    Grammy Best Vocal Performance (female), "People" (1964)
    Grammy Best Vocal Performance (female), The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
    Grammy Album of the Year, The Barbra Streisand Album (1963)
    Golden Globe World Film Favorite (female) (1977)
    Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, A Star Is Born (1976)
    Golden Globe Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, A Star Is Born (1976)
    Golden Globe Best Original Song, "Evergreen" from A Star Is Born (1976)
    Golden Globe World Film Favorite (female) (1974)
    Golden Globe World Film Favorite (female) (1970)
    Golden Globe World Film Favorite (female) (1969)
    Golden Globe Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Motion Picture, Funny Girl (1968)
    Emmy Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1995)
    Emmy Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1995)
    Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement in Entertainment/Actors and Performers, My Name Is Barbra (1965)
    Oscar for Best Actress 1969 for Funny Girl
    Oscar for Best Music Original Song 1977 for A Star Is Born (with Paul Williams)
    Tony Best Actress of the Decade (1970)
    American Film Institute Life Achievement Award 2001
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6925 Hollywood Blvd
    Library of Congress Living Legend 2000
    National Medal of Arts 2000
    French Legion of Honor 2007
    Kennedy Center Honor 2008
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Yoga

    The Mirror Has Two Faces (15-Nov-1996)
    Barbra Streisand: The Concert (21-Aug-1994)
    The Prince of Tides (25-Dec-1991)
    Yentl (18-Nov-1983)

    The Guilt Trip (19-Dec-2012)
    Paul Williams Still Alive (11-Sep-2011) · Herself
    Little Fockers (22-Dec-2010) · Roz Focker
    Meet the Fockers (16-Dec-2004) · Roz Focker
    The Mirror Has Two Faces (15-Nov-1996) · Rose Morgan
    Barbra Streisand: The Concert (21-Aug-1994) · Herself
    The Prince of Tides (25-Dec-1991) · Susan Lowenstein
    Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (1991) · Herself
    Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (3-Oct-1990) · Herself
    Nuts (20-Nov-1987) · Claudia Draper
    Yentl (18-Nov-1983) · Yentl
    All Night Long (6-Mar-1981)
    The Main Event (27-Jul-1979)
    A Star Is Born (17-Dec-1976)
    Funny Lady (15-Mar-1975) · Fanny Brice
    For Pete's Sake (26-Jun-1974) · Henry
    The Way We Were (17-Oct-1973) · Katie
    Up the Sandbox (21-Dec-1972)
    What's Up, Doc? (9-Mar-1972)
    The Owl and the Pussycat (3-Nov-1970) · Doris
    On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (17-Jun-1970)
    Hello, Dolly! (16-Dec-1969) · Dolly Levi
    Funny Girl (19-Sep-1968) · Fanny Brice

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Appears on the cover of:
Life, Dec-1983, DETAILS: Streisand -- The way she really is, BYLINE: (photo by Greg Gorman, Streisand with perm, close up)

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