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(1968)

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The final musical number, "My Man", was filmed "live" both to maximize Barbra Streisand's dramatic rendition and because she hated the lip-syncing process.
Several co-stars publicly blasted Barbra Streisand and director William Wyler for much of their scenes being cut in favor of focusing almost entirely on Streisand.
The movie's line "Hello, gorgeous" was voted as the #81 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
Producer Ray Stark was Fanny Brice's son-in-law and the baby that Fanny gave birth to in reality grew up to become Stark's wife.
William Wyler was asked by a friend whether Barbra Streisand had been hard to work with. He replied, "No, not too hard, considering it was the first movie she ever directed."
Columbia wanted to cast Shirley MacLaine as Fanny Brice. However, producer Ray Stark, who also produced the Broadway show and was Brice's son-in-law, insisted on Barbra Streisand repeating her Broadway role.
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The highest-grossing film of 1968.
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The iconic logo for Funny Girl of an upside-down girl with roller skates was created by illustrator Talivaldis Stubis.
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Barbra Streisand was, at the time of the film's release, a voting member of AMPAS. When she found she was nominated, she, like any member nominated, voted for herself. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have tied with Katharine Hepburn for the year's Best Actress Oscar.
Vilmos Zsigmond was the original director of photography on the film. However, Zsigmond was fired after three days of filming because he photographed both sides of Barbra Streisand's face instead of the only one she permitted, and was replaced by Harry Stradling Sr..
William Wyler was hired to replace Sidney Lumet as director. Lumet left the picture over differences with producer Ray Stark and star Barbra Streisand. Wyler originally declined the offer, because he was deaf in one ear and said he couldn't do a musical, but reconsidered after meeting Streisand.
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Frank Sinatra was seriously considered for the role of Nicky Arnstein. Barbra Streisand vetoed his casting, because while she respected his talent, she disliked him personally.
Final film of 'Frank Faylen' and Gerald Mohr.
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Originally a musical on Broadway (03/1964 - 07/1967), based on the real life story of Fanny Brice.
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Barbra Streisand's feature film debut.
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"The Swan" was written especially for this movie. The original number, "Rat-a-Tat-Tat", was deemed too dated (though appropriate for the setting of the show). Fanny Brice did a similar act dressed in a similar costume complete with a huntsman carrying a bow and arrow in the movie Be Yourself! (1930).
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The original Broadway production of "Funny Girl" opened at the Winter Garden Theater on March 26, 1964, ran for 1348 performances and was nominated for the 1964 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Score. Barbra Streisand and Kay Medford reprise their roles in the movie and were both nominated for Tony Awards.
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Omar Sharif was almost replaced, as when The Six Day War broke out. Despite considerable pressure, William Wyler refused to do so.
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Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif had an affair that lasted for the duration of the production. This would contribute to the end of her marriage to Elliott Gould. William Wyler, who knew about the affair, tried to channel their real-life chemistry into their performances.
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At the wrap party William Wyler gave Barbra Streisand a director's megaphone in mock recognition of her devotion to every aspect of filmmaking including directing." Streisand gave Wyler an 18th century gold watch inscribed "TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME."
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According to some reports, Barbra Streisand was constantly late to the set, would ask to re-shoot scenes that were already done and try to control every aspect of the production from the lighting design to what sort of shot was needed to who did her hair.
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Anne Francis' role was considerably shortened. She blamed Barbra Streisand for this.
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During the "My Man" number, William Wyler had Omar Sharif stand behind a nearby curtain and talk to Barbra Streisand between takes. Their affair was ending as the shoot came to an end, and Wyler knew that Sharif's presence would have an effect on her performance.
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Barbra Streisand took a break during filming to perform her famous concert at Central Park.
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A publicity photo of Omar Sharif and Barbra Streisand kissing was released to the newspapers. With the emotions of the Six Day War still running high, the Egyptian press began a campaign to get Sharif's citizenship revoked over the kiss. The Egyptian headline read: "Omar Kisses Barbra, Egypt Angry." When asked to respond to the controversy, Streisand tried to make light of it. "Egypt angry!" she said. "You should hear what my Aunt Sarah said!"
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Barbra Streisand biographer Anne Edwards co-wrote the first draft of the screenplay (uncredited).
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Production Designer Gene Callahan performed a cameo role as the tugboat captain. Gene's physical build and appearance (a distinctive beard) often had him cast by his film's director in a small cameo role. Like Alfred Hitchcock, if Gene liked the producer and director, he would agree to perform in the film, otherwise he would decline the proposal. Producer Ray Stark and Gene Callahan were always on the set during filming. Ray made Gene agree to perform the tugboat captain while the scene was filmed at sea to keep Gene available on the set.
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In 1962 when the project was being initially developed as a musical play, Anne Bancroft was the producers' choice to star, but she withdrew for unspecified reasons.
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Veteran director William Wyler's first musical.
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Harry Stradling Sr. threatened to walk off the picture unless Barbra Streisand stopped trying to dictate how he should photograph her
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Cary Grant, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Sean Connery, David Janssen, Robert Culp and James Garner were also considered for the role of Nick Arnstein.
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Mike Nichols, George Roy Hill, and Gene Kelly were considered to direct the film before Sidney Lumet was signed. After working on pre-production for six months, he left the project due to "creative differences" and was replaced by William Wyler.
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Screenwriter Isobel Lennart famously described working with Barbra Streisand as "a deflating ego-crushing experience."
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Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser was greatly dismayed by Omar Sharif starring in this film at the time of the Six Day War against Israel.
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