Barbra Streisand won a singing contest in a nightclub when she was only a teenage which helped her land gigs in New York clubs and television. In 1962, she made her Broadway début in I Can Get It For You Wholesale for which she earned instant recognition and signed a contract with Columbia to release albums that revisited theatre and cabaret standards. In 1964, she hit popularity once more, with her Broadway show, Funny Girl before taking her role to screens, in 1968. Her character established her persona as a young impertinent and confident girl: Barbra Streisand was a phenomenon. In 1969, Gene Kelly invited her to star in his Hello Dolly that emphasized her image and popularity. From 1970, she appeared in non-signing roles such as The Owl and The Pussycat and the screwball comedy, What's Up Doc, in 1972. In 1973, she appeared in her first drama opposite Robert Redford in The Way We Were, a classic sentimental film directed by Sidney Pollack. She then took time off from screens and dedicated herself to music before Yentl, in 1983, a film she had written, directed and produced while she formed the Streisand Foundation– which added to her bigger-than-life ambition and increased her status as show business patron. In the 1990s, she also directed The Prince of Tides and The Mirror has Two Faces while she continuously released top-selling albums. In the 2004, she proved her comedic talent with Ben Stiller's Meet the Fockers followed by 2010's Little Fockers in which she played a hilarious New Age therapist. The Brooklyn Jewish girl made it to iconic entertainer and show-business phenomenon, incarnating a sort of contemporary Judy Garland. Accused of being a megalomaniac diva, Barbra Streisand defends a strong sense of ambition and speaks out loud for minorities and her political battles. The performer stands out as an independent figure who has always refused to drop towards standards: singing cabaret hits in her Flower Power attire and declining to correct her nose transforming her appearance into a statuesque and dignified portrait.