Apr. 24th, 1942
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. Among her many films are Hello, Dolly! (1969), A Star Is Born (1976), Yentl (1983) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). As a child she attended the Beis Yakov Jewish School in Brooklyn. She is good friends with singer/songwriter Neil Diamond (I), 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 (I), with ex-husband Elliott Gould. She is now married to James Brolin. She has won many awards including two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People's Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards and two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Barbra has also received an American Film Institute award and a Cecil B. DeMille Award.
- Directed 4 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: 'Amy Irving' (qv), 'Nick Nolte' (qv), 'Kate Nelligan' (qv) and 'Lauren Bacall' (qv).
- Godmother of 'Caleigh Peters' (qv)
- Solo artist with longest time span between first #1 and latest #1 albums (33 years between "People" and "Higher Ground").
- Columbia wanted to cast 'Shirley MacLaine' (qv) as 'Fanny Brice' (qv) in _Funny Girl (1968)_ (qv). However 'Ray Stark' (qv), 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' (qv) for much of their scenes being cut in favor of focusing almost entirely on Streisand. Columbia were considering 'Frank Sinatra' (qv) 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. 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' (qv) for the year's Best Actress Oscar.
- Highest grossing single concert, with $14,694,750, MGM Grand Garden Arena, December 31, 1999.
- During the filming of _Hello, Dolly! (1969)_ (qv), Barbra and co-star 'Walter Matthau' (qv) 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) (TV)_ (qv) 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.
- 'Mary Martin (I)' (qv), 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv) and 'Carol Burnett' (qv) were all considered for the Broadway role of 'Fanny Brice' (qv) before Barbra nabbed it. Singer 'Eydie Gormé' (qv) was also considered but balked when they would not cast husband 'Steve Lawrence (I)' (qv) as Nicky Arnstein.
- Only Oscar recipient for both acting and songwriting.