Barbra Streisand (b. April 24, 1942) is a celebrated singer, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, and activist who became famous beginning in the early 1960s. Born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn, New York, she launched her recording career while still in high school after winning a singing contest at a Manhattan nightclub. With her spectacular powerful vocals, she developed a loyal local following and attracted attention from the music industry. In 1962, she signed with Columbia Records and also made her Broadway debut that year in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale," for which she received her first Tony nomination. The following year, she released her Grammy-winning eponymous debut album which became the first in a long series of gold, platinum, and multi-platinum recordings. The up-and-coming star then launched her film career in 1968 playing comedienne Fanny Brice in the musical comedy, "Funny Girl," a role she reprised from her original Broadway debut in 1964. This movie, which earned Streisand her first Academy Award for Best Actress as well as a Golden Globe Award and other honors, was one of several in which she both co-starred and performed that spawned top-selling soundtrack albums.
Streisand debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in late 1962 with her rendition of "My Coloring Book," a Fred Ebb/John Kander-penned song made famous the following year by Kitty Kallen. Her fame took off in 1964 with the poignant "Funny Girl" Broadway musical classic, "People," which topped the Adult Contemporary chart and became a Top 5 Pop/Rock hit. Her many chart entries throughout the 1960s consisted mainly of songs from "Funny Girl" and other Broadway musicals before she had another Top 10 hit in 1970 with the Laura Nyro-penned pop rocker, "Stoney End."
Streisand topped the charts with "The Way We Were" (1973) and "Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born' (Evergreen)" (1976), the title songs from the movies in which she co-starred and performed. The latter song, which she co-wrote with lyricist Paul Williams, won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and other honors. She also recorded several duets over the years that became top hits: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (1978, with Neil Diamond), "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (1979, with Donna Summer), "Guilty" (1980, with Barry Gibb), "What Kind Of Fool" (1981, with Barry Gibb), "I Finally Found Someone" (1996, with Bryan Adams), and "Tell Him" (1997, with Celine Dion). Streisand's very long string of hits, which has continued to well into the 21st century on various charts, also includes "Second Hand Rose" (1965), "Where You Lead" (1971), "My Heart Belongs To Me" (1977), "Songbird" (1978), "The Main Event/Fight" (1979, title song from the movie starring Streisand and Ryan O'Neal), "Woman In Love" (1980), "Comin' In And Out Of Your Life" (1981), and "The Way He Makes Me Feel" (1983, from the movie "Yentl" starring Streisand). Among her more recent hits are "Somewhere" (2011, with Jackie Evancho), a remake of the love song from "Westside Story" which topped the Billboard Classical chart, and "Don't Lie To Me" (2018) which became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
With 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide to date, Barbra Streisand is one of the top-selling recording artists of all time and the only performer with a #1 album in each of the last six decades. Her numerous honors and accolades include two Oscars, ten Grammys, nine Golden Globes, five Emmys, four Peabody Awards, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is among a small group of entertainers with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award and is one of only two in that elite group who have also won a Peabody.
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Barbra Streisand performs "When The Sun Comes Out" on The Ed Sullivan Show (June 9, 1963).
Available on the following DVD: The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show Vol. 1
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- People 1964
(This song also became a hit for Nat King Cole (1964) and the Tymes (1968).)
- Second Hand Rose 1965
- Stoney End 1970
- The Way We Were 1973
(This song, which topped the both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts, was the title song from the 1973 movie in which Barbra Streisand co-starred and performed. "The Way We Were" later also became a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips (1975, as a medley).)
- Where You Lead 1971
(This song was later re-recorded by Barbra Streisand as a medley and that version also became a hit (1972).)
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