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Date of Birth 24 April 1942Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameBarbara Joan Streisand
Nickname Babs
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards, as well as the American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement honor and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award.

Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, to Diana (née Ida Rosen), a singer turned school secretary, and Emanuel Streisand, a high school teacher. Her father was of Galician Jewish descent, and her mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry. As a child, she attended the Beis Yakov Jewish School in Brooklyn. She was raised in a middle class family, and grew up dreaming to become an actress (or even an actress / conductor, as she happily describes her teenager years in one of her concerts).

After a brief period as nightclub singer in New York and Off-Broadway performer, in which she began to rise interest and admiration thanks to her original and powerful vocal talent, Streisand debuted on Broadway in the 1962 musical comedy "I Can Get It For You Wholesale" by Harold Rome, receiving a Tony Award Best Supporting Actress nomination and a New York Drama Critics Poll award. The following year, she reached great commercial success with her first Columbia solo releases "The Barbra Streisand Album"(multiple Grammy winner, including "Best Album of the Year") and "The Second Barbra Stresand Album" (her first RIAA Gold Album); her first albums, mostly devoted to composer Harold Arlen, brought her also critical praise and, most of all, large popularity in all US. In 1964 she continued to increase her fame due to a new original Broadway show, "Funny Girl" by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, a musical based upon the life of 30's comedienne Fanny Brice; the show main song "People" became her first hit and Barbra appeared on Time magazine cover. After many TV show appearances as guest star, like "The Judy Garland Show" (for which she was nominated for an 1963 Emmy), she signed an exclusive contract with CBS for a series of annual TV special: "My Name is Barbra" (1964, Emmy winner) and "Color me Barbra" (1965, her first work in color) were extremely successful.

After a brief London stage period and the birth of her son Jason Gould (with then-husband Elliott Gould), in summer 1967 she gave a memorable free concert in New York, "A Happening in Central Park", that was filmed and later cut as a TV special; then, she flew to Hollywood for her first movie, the film version of her Broadway success "Funny Girl": the picture, directed by William Wyler, opened in 1968 and became an hit even abroad, making Barbra an international "superstar" and multiple award winner, including her first Oscar as Best Actress. After continuing screen musical experiences with Gene Kelly's "Hello Dolly" (1969) and Vincente Minnelli's "On a clear day You Can See forever" (1970), she preferred to run into comedies, like "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970) and smash hit "What's Up Doc"(1972) and dramas, like almost surreal "Up the Sandbox" (1972) and celebrated classic "The Way We Were" (1973), by Sydney Pollack with Robert Redford, in which Streisand gave of her finest performance. The song "The Way We Were" (written by Marvin Hamlish and the Bergmans) became one of Barbra's biggest hits and most memorable and famous songs.

Returning on TV for a new special conceived as a musical journey all around many different World styles, "Barbra Streisand and other Musical Instruments" (1973), she returned (for contractual reasons) to her Fanny Brice role in "Funny Lady"(1975) and she adventured herself into her first extremely personal filming project "A Star is Born" (1976), one of the biggest hits of the year, for which she won Best Actress Golden Globe and her second Oscar for the song "Evergreen". Always extremely busy on the discography side, with a generally -at least- new album per year throughout all the 70's and 80's, she collected many high successful projects in the period, including songs as "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (duet with Neil Diamond), "Enough is Enough" (with Donna Summer) , "The Main Event" (from a Barbra's comedy with friend Ryan O'Neal) and the album "Guilty", written for her by Bee Gee's Barry Gibb, that sold more than 10 million copies Worldwide. Streisand debuted as a director with the musical drama "Yentl" (1983), portraying a Jewish girl who has access to the world of culture disguised as a man. The movie received generally positive reviews and the beautiful score by Michel Legrand and lyricist Marilyn and Alan Bergman stands up as one of Streisand's finest musical works.

At the 1983 Oscars, the movie was presented with many nominations (winning in 2 categories) but not received a Best Directing nomination, causing great controversy and bitterness among fans: nowadays, this exclusion is still considered among the biggest "snubs" in Oscar History. After the unexpected immense success of Grammy Award winner "The Broadway Album" (1985), that contributed to introduce the world of American musical theatre (with great regard for Sondheim's) to an all new generation of audiences, Streisand gave a memorable concert, after 20 years of stage silence, simply named "One Voice" (1986), to an all star audience; she subsequently returned to the cinemas in the adaptation of "Nuts"(1987), a drama directed by Martin Ritt, in the sensitive role of a prostitute accused of murder who fights for not being considered mentally "insane" by law. In 1991, Barbra directed "The Prince of Tides", probably the pinnacle of her screen career, playing the role of a psychiatrist who tries to help a man (Nick Nolte) in finding pieces of his past life: the motion pictures received 7 Oscar Nominations (but again NOT for Best Directing) and a nomination from Director Guilds of America. In 1994 she returned on stage after 27 years for a series of all sold out concerts (for the televised version of one of these, she won another Emmy).

In the '90s, she broke several personal records: with two #1 albums ("Back to Broadway", 1993 and "Higher Ground",1997) she became the only artist to achieve n°1 album in Billboard in the 60s,70s,80s and 90's; eventually, she extended this record with a fifth decade of success in 2009 with the jazz album "Love is the Answer". In 1996, she starred in her third and last picture as director, "The Mirror Has Two Faces", along with Jeff Bridges and Lauren Bacall, one of the very few pictures with a "happy ending". "The girl got the guy" even in the real life: in 1997 Barbra married well know TV actor James Brolin. Focusing herself again in concerts in 2000 ("Timeless") and in 2006-2007 (with even a European tour), Barbra made only two more films, having a supporting role as sex therapist mother in the Ben Stiller's funny saga "Meet the Fockers" (2004) and "Little Fockers" (2010), alongside Dustin Hoffmann and Robert De Niro. She published a book devoted to her "Passion for Design" (2010) and celebrated her friendship with the Bergmans with an entire album of their songs, "What Matters Most" (2011), that debuted in the top 10.

After a long pause from active filming, she is working to a film version of the well known Jule Styne's musical "Gipsy" and returned in a starring role for the 2012 holiday season with "Guilt Trip", a mother/son picture, co-starring Seth Rogen and directed by Anne Fletcher. In almost 50 years of career, Streisand has contributed to the show business industry in an a personal and unique way, collecting a large fan-base that embraces more generations: despite the immense powerful and recognizable vocal range, most of her funny, often self deprecating, humor, side by side her serious dramatic sensible performances and strong politics, Streisand originality shines in her constant and pure research for "Beauty": a strong and romantic conception in which Love stands out as the main feeling to find in ourselves to be shared with others. That's her extremely positive and optimistic message that sounds "evergreen" nowadays more than ever. Not bad for a girl who came from Brooklyn with a "who-cares-if-I'm-not-a-beauty" look and an immense talent, whose perfection is undoubtedly the result of her imperfections.

She is good friends with singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, with whom she dueted on the smash hit song, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers". They both attended the same high school and sang together in the school choir. Barbra has one son, Jason Gould, with ex-husband Elliott Gould. She is now married to James Brolin.

Her honors include the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign, an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013 and induction by France as a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Streisand supports many humanitarian causes through the Streisand Foundation. She has been a committed environmentalist for many years; she endowed a chair in environmental studies in 1987 and donated her twenty-four acre estate to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. In addition, Streisand was the lead funder to the Clinton Climate Change Initiative. This effort will bring together a consortium of major cities around the world to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. She is a leading spokesperson and fundraiser for social and political causes close to her heart and has often dedicated proceeds from her live concert performances to benefit programs she supports.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous and Christian Marcone

Spouse (2)

James Brolin (1 July 1998 - present)
Elliott Gould (21 March 1963 - 9 July 1971) (divorced) (1 son)

Trade Mark (2)

Director trademark: constantly shows her own character's fingernails
Her nose

Trivia (81)

She and Shirley MacLaine celebrate their joint birthday together every year.
Announced engagement to James Brolin. [May 1997]
Attended Bais Yakov School in Brooklyn, New York as a child.
Daughter of Diana Rosen and Emmanuel Streisand.
Has an older brother, Sheldon Streisand.
Mother, with Elliott Gould, of actor Jason Gould.
Older half-sister of Roslyn Kind.
When she and Neil Diamond had a smash hit in 1978 with "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", it was not the first time that the Brooklyn-born superstars had sung together. While students at New York City's Erasmus High School, they both sang in the school choir.
Supported Al Gore's bid for the presidency.
Is a staunch Democrat.
Spoke out against the nomination of former Missouri Senator John Ashcroft for Attorney General.
Born at 5:08 AM EST
Mary Martin, Anne Bancroft and Carol Burnett were all considered for the Broadway role of Fanny Brice before Barbra nabbed it. Singer Eydie Gormé was also considered but balked when they would not cast husband Steve Lawrence as Nicky Arnstein.
Named the best selling female singer of the 20th Century. She has sold more than 68 million records, with 47 Gold, 28 Platinum and 13 Multi-Platinum.
Female artist with most albums sold in U.S.
Only Person to achieve Billboard #1 albums in each of the past six decades. 1964 People, 1974 The Way We Were, 1976 Greatest Hits Vol.2, 1978 A Star Is Born, 1980 Guilty, 1985 The Broadway Album, 1993 Back To Broadway, 1997 Higher Ground, 2009 Love Is The Answer, 2014 Partners.
Solo artist with longest time span between first #1 and latest #1 albums (45 years between "People" and "Love Is The Answer").
Artist with longest career between top-20 hits on the Billboard pop music charts (32 years, 7 months between "People" [debuted 4 April 1964] and "I Finally Found Someone" [debuted 23 November 1996]).
Second most Gold album certifications (47) {#1: Elvis Presley}.
Third most top 40 albums (45) {#1: Frank Sinatra}.
Fourth most top 10 albums (26) {#1: Frank Sinatra}.
Fourth most number 1 albums (8) {#1: The Beatles}.
Fifth top Billboard-charting artist {#1: Elvis Presley}.
Highest grossing single concert, with $14,694,750, MGM Grand Garden Arena, December 31, 1999.
Second single largest grossing American concert engagement, with $16.6 million, seven performances, Madison Square Garden, 1994 (#1: $19 million, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, 15 performances, Continental Airlines Arena, 1999).
First woman since the silent era to direct, produce, write and star in a feature film; she also sings (Yentl (1983)).
Artist with Grammy nominations in the most categories -- 9.
Only artist to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, CableACE and Peabody awards.
Only Oscar recipient for both acting and songwriting.
Turned down the role of call girl Bree Daniels in Klute (1971), which won Jane Fonda an Oscar.
Was once a switchboard operator.
Graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn.
3 December 2003 - Her invasion-of-privacy suit over aerial photos taken of her Malibu home and shown on a web site dedicated to the California coastline was thrown out of court by a California judge. She claimed it would encourage stalkers.
Ranked #31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
She was voted the 54th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Received a Special Tony Award in 1970. Previously, she was nominated twice for a Tony: in 1962 as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) for "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," and in 1964 as Best Actress (Musical) for portraying Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl," a signature role she recreated in her Oscar- winning performance in the film version of the same name, Funny Girl (1968).
Godmother of Caleigh Peters
Both of her husbands, Elliott Gould and James Brolin, starred in Capricorn One (1978).
Stepmother of Josh Brolin, J. Brolin and Molly Brolin.
Columbia wanted to cast Shirley MacLaine as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968). However Ray Stark, who produced the Broadway show and was Brice's son-in-law, insisted on Streisand repeating her Broadway role. Several co-stars later publicly blasted Streisand and director William Wyler for much of their scenes being cut in favor of focusing almost entirely on Streisand. Columbia were considering Frank Sinatra for the role of Nicky Arnstein, which she vetoed as she didn't like him. The final musical number, "My Man", was filmed "live" both to maximize Streisand's dramatic rendition and because she hated the lip-syncing process. At the time of the film's release, she was also a voting member of AMPAS.
While a struggling artist in the early 1960s, she lived at 1157 Third Avenue in Manhattan over Oscar's Salt of the Sea Restaurant. She shared the tiny $62- per-month apartment with Elliott Gould who would later become her husband
Film output toned down considerably after The Main Event (1979). She's only acted in six films since.
One of the elite actors who have nabbed an Oscar for their first film role.
In a controversial decision, she was allowed to become a voting member of the Academy prior to her first film, Funny Girl (1968), even being released and won the Oscar in a tie with Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968) a few months later.
She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
[June 8, 2005] Manager Martin Erlichman announced 2006 20 City Fall Charity Tour.
Interviewed in "Directors Close Up: Interviews with Directors Nominated for Best Film by the Directors Guild of America", ed. by Jeremy Kagan, Scarecrow Press, 2006.
Is one of only five actors/actresses to have both a number one single and an Oscar for best actor/actress. The others are 'Frank Sinatra' (Best Supporting Actor), Jamie Foxx, Cher and Bing Crosby.
Lost the 1964 Tony award for Best Actress in a Musical (nominated for "Funny Girl") to Carol Channing who won for "Hello, Dolly" - a role Streisand played in the movie version in Hello, Dolly! (1969).
Directed 4 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Amy Irving, Nick Nolte, Kate Nelligan and Lauren Bacall.
Turned down the role of Eva Peron in Evita (1996). She was the first choice of Ken Russell, who was the first director attached to the film.
Has sold 71.5 million albums in the USA.
Is close friends with Dustin Hoffman and Dick Van Dyke.
Was considered for the part of Dwan in King Kong (1976).
In 2006, she donated $11,750,000 to the Barbra Streisand Foundation, numerous civil liberties, environmental, and civil rights organizations "dedicated to democratic values".
(July 14, 2007) Played her first ever concert in Ireland in the palatial grounds of Castletown House, County Kildare.
While attending the funeral for President Bill Clinton's mother, she heard a Church choir sing a song titled "On Holy Ground". The song was written by the choir director, Geron Davis. Upon hearing it, she was so moved that she wanted to record it. The song appeared on her album "Higher Ground".
During the filming of Hello, Dolly! (1969), Barbra and co-star Walter Matthau fought bitterly. He disliked her so intensely that he refused to be around her except when required to do so by the script. He is famously quoted as telling Barbra that she "had no more talent than a butterfly's fart". Interestingly, he is clearly seen in the audience at Barbra's One Voice (1986) concert at her Malibu ranch, where invitation-only guests paid $5,000 per couple to help establish the Streisand Foundation, which supports numerous charitable organizations. Apparently, he did not hold grudges.
Has a great fear of performing live.
Is good friends with Shirley MacLaine and Donna Karan.
Was the first choice for Sally Bowles in Cabaret (1972) but Streisand turned it down because she wanted to move away from musicals. As a result the part was given to second choice Liza Minnelli, who went on to win an Academy Award for her performance.
Was considered for the role of Liliane La Fleur in Nine (2009), but the part was eventually given to Judi Dench.
Has had the same assistant - a woman called Renata - for thirty-seven years.
Her favorite modern actress is Meryl Streep.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Is one of the only 12 people who are an EGOT, which means that she won at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The other ones in chronological order are Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg. Barbra, however, won a Special Tony Award, not a competitive one, and Liza Minnelli won a Special Grammy.
Returned to work six months after giving birth to her son Jason Gould in order to begin recording her eleventh studio album entitled "A Christmas Album".
Discovered that she was pregnant with her son Jason Gould when she was starring in the London production of "Funny Girl".
Stepmother-in-law of Diane Lane.
In Erasmus HS, Streisand said she had an unrequited crush on a schoolmate who also would achieve international renown - chess genius Bobby Fischer.
Asked if she had any regrets looking back over her career, Barbra stated during an "Extra" interview (she was promoting The Guilt Trip (2012)) that she wished she had appeared in more films. She kiddingly said she gave Jane Fonda her award-winning career by turning down They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Klute (1971) and Julia (1977).
Uncharacteristic for the artist, when she recorded the Leonard Bernstein / Stephen Sondheim song "Somewhere" for "The Broadway Album" (1985), the entire backing score was generated on synthesizers under the supervision of producer David Foster. No orchestra whatsoever.
Is planning to produce and direct a musical version of All About Eve (1950). [January 2004]
Release of the book, "Barbra: The Way She Is" by Christopher Andersen.
Preparing for a twenty-four city tour which will begin on Ocotber 4, 2006. [August 2006]
Her paternal grandparents, Isaac Streisand and Anna Kesten, were Austrian Jewish immigrants (from Galicia). Her maternal grandparents, Louis Rosen and Ida Friedland, were Russian Jews.
She was the first woman to ever win a Golden Globe as Best Director. As of 2013, she still remains as sole winner.
Was the 66th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Funny Girl (1968) at The 41st Annual Academy Awards (1969) on April 14, 1969.
Was considered for the role of "Sandy Olsson" in Grease (1978).
According to a 1980 interview with her mother Diana Kind, Barbra's maternal grandfather was a cantor with "a terrific voice".

Personal Quotes (14)

Oh God, don't envy me, I have my own pains.
The audience is the barometer of the truth.
I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.
"I hate tooting my own horn, but after Steven Spielberg saw Yentl (1983), he said, 'I wish I could tell you how to fix your picture, but I can't. It's the best film I've seen since Citizen Kane (1941)'".
"One thing's for sure: now when I look at Funny Girl (1968), I think I was gorgeous. I was too beautiful to play Fanny Brice".
I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.
On connecting: What is exciting is not for one person to be stronger than the other...but for two people to have met their match and yet that are equally as stubborn, as obstinate, as passionate, as crazy as the other.
My niece saw Funny Girl (1968) and said, "How come you're singing so many songs from Glee (2009)?".
[on a disappointing Academy recognition of Yentl (1983)]: In Hollywood, a woman can be an actress, a singer, a dancer. But don't let her be too much more.
When I sing, people shut up.
[on Zach Galifianakis] In life I'm not a prude. In film I'm still a prude. Like when I saw that movie 'Hangover' with the guy Javalopolis? He was naked in the elevator, and I heard later it was not his real thing. But everybody thinks it's his real thing.
[on playing the mother of a young man in 'The Guilt Trip] The fact that I had a son made a big difference. I could relate this to my son and the times we went through, those rebellious periods, how you're walking on eggshells, how you don't want to say the wrong thing but you're always saying the wrong thing.
[on Dustin Hoffman] We were in the same acting school when I was sixteen, seventeen years old. I used to baby-sit to get free acting lessons, and he was the janitor.
[on having to establish eating a 50-ounce steak in 'The Guilt Trip'] That's where the filmmaker in me came out. The actress didn't want to do that scene. I said, 'Can I come up with something other than eating?' But I thought it would serve the film so I said, 'OK, I'll do it'. But it was hard. I don't eat steak. One bite for me is enough. So they had to devise a way to make things look like steak. I still had to eat it for three days.

Salary (8)

Funny Girl (1968) $200,000
Hello, Dolly! (1969) $750,000
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) $350,000
The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) $1,000,000
A Star Is Born (1976) $15,000,000 (including %)
All Night Long (1981) $4,000,000
Yentl (1983) $3,000,000 (to direct, co-write, produce and star)
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) $20,000,000 plus percentage of profits

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