barbra streisand biog.




American Singer/Actress
(b. 1942)




streisand




Date of Birth
24 April 1942, Brooklyn, New York, USA


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    Barbara Joan Streisand shot to fame when she conquered Broadway with her galvanizing stage presence in the musicals, I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1962) and Funny Girl (1964), in the latter as the gawky but gifted Fanny Brice. Streisand next powered a number of popular albums (My Name Is Barbra) and award-winning TV specials (Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park; My Name Is Barbra, which was based on her hit album and won five Emmys) before moving into films. Equally magnetic on the big screen, Streisand patented a brash, loquacious, aggressively optimistic screen persona, starring in musicals before moving on to, and proving herself more than capable in, screwball comedies and romances.

    Compensating for her angular, prominent features (which she has often played up self-mockingly in films as her "imperfect" beauty) with unbounded energy and immense talent, Streisand won an Oscar for her first film, William Wyler's adaptation of Funny Girl (1968), in which she recreated her successful stage role of comedian Fanny Brice. She subsequently turned several mediocre movies into box-office successes, and appeared in such enjoyably old-fashioned films as the farcical What's Up, Doc? (1972) and the sudsy The Way We Were (1973), making her the biggest female box-office star of the 1970s.

    Increasingly criticized for her sometimes megalomaniac tendencies, Streisand responded by noting that healthy ambition in men has often been seen as unattractive pushiness in women. She also branched out into producing (starting with 1976's A Star is Born) and then directing (beginning with 1983's Yentl, which she also wrote). She has since produced most of her own occasional film vehicles and continued to enjoy considerable chart success with her albums and show-stopping singles through the early 80s, ranging from the theme songs of The Way We Were and The Main Event, to Guilty, A Woman in Love, and a disco-flavored duet with Donna Summer, Enough Is Enough.

    Yentl, the story of a Jewish girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to pursue an education, garnered Streisand generally respectful but mixed reviews from critics. In general they liked her handling of actors and obvious sincerity and attention to detail, but carped at the many indulgent musical monologues and routine visual style.

    After another producing effort and larger-than-life star performance as a woman on trial who is considered Nuts (1987), Streisand directed a second film, The Prince of Tides (1991), based on Pat Conroy's best-selling novel. Both critical and popular response to Streisand's sensitive directorial work were notably improved, dismay being largely reserved in some corners for Streisand's glamorized appearance and performance as a sympathetic psychiatrist. The film received seven Oscar nominations among both acting and technical categories, including one for Best Picture. The lack of a nomination for Streisand as director caused a mild stir in the entertainment community, but she blithely continued with other directorial projects, AIDS and Democratic Party activism, and a very well-received compilation of songs associated with her career.

    1994 marked a rare return to live concert singing for Streisand with an incredibly popular multi-city tour which found her charisma and her singing voice both in mint condition. She also produced, directed and starred in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), a remake of a 1958 French film of the same name directed by Andre Cayatte and starring Michele Morgan. The usual stories about Streisand's perfectionism surrounded the lengthy production, complete with changes of cast and crew. Advance buzz, though, was also generally favorable in its retelling of the story of a plain woman whose marriage is rocked when she undergoes a personal transformation.

    After a long absense from the screen, Streisand set aside her usual autuer role to simply co-star in the comedy sequel Meet the Fockers (2004), playing Roz Focker, the warm and doting mother of Meet the Parents main character Greg Focker (Ben Stiller). Teamed sublimely with Dustin Hoffman as her husband and sharing scenes with Robert De Niro, Streisand (re-adopting the tightly curled locks of her A Star Is Born era) nearly walks away with the popular but otherwise lightweight film, proving that her comedic skills were as sharp as ever.

    Streisand was formerly married to her I Can Get It For You Wholeseale co-star Elliot Gould; their son is actor Jason Gould, who played her son in The Prince of Tides.

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    streisand

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    Height is 5' 5"

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    The ticket prices for her 3 London concerts in 2007 were ridiculously expensive even with a 58 strong orchestra. Compared to other artists it didn't represent value for money

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    Married since 1998 to the actor James Brolin

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