BARBRA STREISAND BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Barbra Streisand was born on April 24th, 1942 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York with the birth name Barbara Joan Streisand to parents Emmanuel and Diana. She has one older brother, Sheldon and a sister, Roslyn. At the age of fifteen she lost her father after he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage.
Her early years education was done at Beis Yakov Jewish School in Brooklyn. Barbra graduated from Erasmus High School in New York and then went on to study drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Streisand really wanted to pursue a career as an actress and loved to sing. She had worked while in her teens as a nightclub singer and then became involved in summer stock and a number of Off Broadway stage productions. When performing a popular homosexual night club called, Lions she created a club act and achieved great success and then launch of her singing career.
In 1961 she was invited to sing and make her first television appearance on, "The Tonight Show", this was followed by working as a semi-regular on a talk variety series called, "PM East/PM West". It was working on television that actually got Broadway to notice her and offered her a small part in the musical, "I Can Get It For You Wholesale".
Along with stage and television appearances she was also working on recording her first album, "The Barbra Streisand Album" which in 1963, won two Grammy Awards. Barbra was then cast in her second Broadway role in 1964 on a production called, "Funny Girl" which was an overnight success and even got her the front cover photo on Time Magazine.
Streisand was already creating a highly successful career with stage, television and recording work, however, she decided to take a chance in the film industry as well. She was offered in 1968 to reprise the same stage role for the film version, "Funny Girl" which earned Streisand an Academy Award for Best Actress. She worked on two more musical films, "Hello, Dolly!" (1969) and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1970).
Barbara Streisand along with Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and Steve McQueen formed First Artists Production Company in 1969 helping actors secure properties and develop movie projects for themselves. One of the first films under this production company was called, "Up the Sandbox" (1972).
She also produced a number of her own films such as, "Yentl" (1972) for which she also scripted, "The Prince of Tides" (1983), and "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996).
Along with running a production company and working on musical films she also was given a chance to show off another side of her acting talent appearing in a number of comedy films such as, "What's Up, Doc?" (1972), "The Main Event" (1979), "For Pete's Sake" (1974) and even a drama film called, "The Way We Were" (1973) which was one of her most well known roles and she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 1976 she composed the song, Evergreen" for the film, "A Star is born" and for this song, Streisand received her second Academy Award. She was highly prominent on the pop charts and in 1980 she released her best selling effort, "Guilty". So far she has recorded thirty five studio albums. Her most recent albums were, "Christmas Memories" (2001) and a sequel to Guilty was released in 2005, "Guilty Pleasures".
After she appeared in the film, "All Night Long" (1981) she has not been in such great demand in the film industry and since that role and present day she has only worked on six additional films, "Sunday Night Live" (1984), "Nuts" (1987) and the very popular, "The Mirror Has Two Faces" (1996) amongst others. Her current role in production is, "My Mother's Curse" (2012) with Paramount Pictures.
She has been married twice, first to Elliot Gould which whom she had one son, Jason. They were married from 1963 to 1971. Her second marriage is to James Brolin whom she married on July 1st, 1998 and remains with today.
Streisand had a hit song, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with Neil Diamond whom she had attended High School with. She was named the best selling female singer of the 20th century and has sold more then sixty eight million records with 47 Gold, 28 Platinum and 13 Multi-Platinum. She is also the only artist to achieve Billboard #1 albums in five decades from the 60's through 2000's. She is also the only artist to ever receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable ACE and Peabody awards. Streisand was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
In 2006, she donated $11,750,000 to the Barbra Streisand Foundation, numerous civil liberties, environmental, and civil rights organizations "dedicated to democratic values" and in 2007 she was inducted as an officer of France's Legion of Honour.
2012 My Mother's Curse
2010 Little Fockers
2004 Meet the Fockers
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces
1991 The Prince of Tides
1984 Sunday Night Live
1981 All Night Long
1979 The Main Event
1976 A Star Is Born
1975 Funny Lady
1974 For Pete's Sake
1973 The Way We Were
1972 Up the Sandbox
1972 What's Up, Doc?
1970 The Owl and the Pussycat
1970 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
1969 Hello, Dolly!
1968 Funny Girl