Celebrity Biographies

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand (1942- ) singer, actress, and director, is a legend on stage and on the airwaves. Despite an original lack of familial support, after finishing high school she worked to become a successful nightclub singer in her native New York. After being seen on The Tonight Show in 1961, she arrived on Broadway the same year in I Can Get It For You Wholesale (1961-63). She then starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Funny Girl (1964-65, 1966). Streisand was nominated for Tony Awards for both Broadway productions. After making an exceptionally successful screen début in Funny Girl (1968), Streisand performed in Hello, Dolly! (1969), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970), The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), What's Up, Doc? (1972), The Way We Were (1973), Funny Lady (1975), A Star is Born (1976), and Meet the Fockers (2004). She also directed and acted in Yentl (1983), The Prince of Tides (1991), and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

Streisand has received five Academy Award nominations, winning Best Leading Actress for her first film, Funny Girl, and Best Original Song for "Evergreen" from A Star is Born. She has also won four Emmy Awards. In her exceptionally successful music career, she has recorded thirty-five albums, thirteen of which have gone multi-platinum. She has received ten Grammy Awards, including a Legend Award (1992) and a Lifetime Achievement Award (1994). She was awarded the Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), and became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2008. Streisand is married to actor James Brolin and recently released the album Streisand: Live in Concert (2009).