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Barbra Streisand (1942)

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.

Tags / Barbra Streisand - Muses - Cinematic Women - 1960s - American Actress - Song - Diva - Musical
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand in Funny Lady directed by Herbert Ross, 1975
Barbra Streisand in Funny Lady directed by Herbert Ross, 1975
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand in the Arnold Scaasi pantsuit for the 41st Annual Academy Awards, 1969
Barbra Streisand in the Arnold Scaasi pantsuit for the 41st Annual Academy Awards, 1969
Barbra Streisand in Up The Sandbox directed by Irvin Kershner, 1972
Barbra Streisand in Up The Sandbox directed by Irvin Kershner, 1972
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
President John F. Kennedy speaks with Barbra Streisand at an event on May 24, 1963
President John F. Kennedy speaks with Barbra Streisand at an event on May 24, 1963
Barbra Streisand on the set of  The Way We Were, 1973
Barbra Streisand on the set of The Way We Were, 1973
Photobooth with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Photobooth with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Audrey Hepburn backstage with Barbra Streisand after a 1964 performance of Funny Girl
Audrey Hepburn backstage with Barbra Streisand after a 1964 performance of Funny Girl
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, New York, in her apartment for a Cosmopolitain magazine cover shoot 1965 © Philippe Halsman
Eve Arnold, Portrait of Curtis Taylor and Barbra Streisand, 1964
Eve Arnold, Portrait of Curtis Taylor and Barbra Streisand, 1964
Barbra Streisand in a cover of Playboy US, October 1977
Barbra Streisand in a cover of Playboy US, October 1977
Bob Willoughby, Portrait of Barbra Streisand as an arab princess at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
Bob Willoughby, Portrait of Barbra Streisand as an arab princess at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
Poster of The belle of 14th street for CBS.TV , 1967
Poster of The belle of 14th street for CBS.TV , 1967
Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson for A Star is Born directed by Frank Pierson, 1976
Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson for A Star is Born directed by Frank Pierson, 1976
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Blakglama campaign, 1968
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Blakglama campaign, 1968
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1966
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1966
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1965
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1965
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1960's
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1960's
William Claxton, Barbra Streisand wearing Rudi Gernreich for Show Magazine, 1964
William Claxton, Barbra Streisand wearing Rudi Gernreich for Show Magazine, 1964
William Claxton, Barbra Streisand wearing Rudi Gernreich for Show Magazine, 1964
William Claxton, Barbra Streisand wearing Rudi Gernreich for Show Magazine, 1964
William Claxton, Barbra Streisand wearing Rudi Gernreich for Show Magazine, 1964
William Claxton, Barbra Streisand wearing Rudi Gernreich for Show Magazine, 1964
Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson for A Star is Born directed by Frank Pierson, 1976
Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson for A Star is Born directed by Frank Pierson, 1976
Lawrence Schiller, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever directed by Vicente Minnnelli, 1970
Lawrence Schiller, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever directed by Vicente Minnnelli, 1970
Lawrence Schiller, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1960's
Lawrence Schiller, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1960's
Bert Stern, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, Vogue US, August 1964
Bert Stern, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, Vogue US, August 1964
Francesco Scavullo, Portrait of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, 1979
Francesco Scavullo, Portrait of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, 1979
Steve Schapiro, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1960's
Steve Schapiro, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1960's
Herb Ritts, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Vanity Fair, 1991
Herb Ritts, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Vanity Fair, 1991
Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, Sydney Poitier, 1972
Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, Sydney Poitier, 1972
Elliot Gould and his wife Barbra Streisand , at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
Elliot Gould and his wife Barbra Streisand , at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1970
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1970
Barbra Streisand in Up The Sandbox directed by Irvin Kershner, 1972
Barbra Streisand in Up The Sandbox directed by Irvin Kershner, 1972
Francesco Scavullo, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, for Vogue, April 1975
Francesco Scavullo, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, for Vogue, April 1975
Steven Meisel, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1997
Steven Meisel, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1997
Barbra Streisand for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Barbra Streisand for The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack, 1973
Bill Eppridge, Barbra Streisand in a recording studio, 1966
Bill Eppridge, Barbra Streisand in a recording studio, 1966
Bill Eppridge, Barbra Streisand hiding face during recording session, 1966
Bill Eppridge, Barbra Streisand hiding face during recording session, 1966
Lawrence Schiller, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1968
Lawrence Schiller, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1968
Steven Meisel, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1997
Steven Meisel, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1997
Barbra Streisand, 1963
Barbra Streisand, 1963
Barbra Streisand, Sadie & Yves Saint Laurent, 1965
Barbra Streisand, Sadie & Yves Saint Laurent, 1965
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1970's
Richard Avedon, Portrait of Barbra Streisand, 1970's
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vicente Minnnelli, 1970
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vicente Minnnelli, 1970
Portrait of Barbra Streisand and Cecil Beaton on the set of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vicente Minnelli, 1970
Portrait of Barbra Streisand and Cecil Beaton on the set of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vicente Minnelli, 1970
Barbra Streisand, 1964 U.S Tour concert programm book
Barbra Streisand, 1964 U.S Tour concert programm book
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vicente Minnelli, 1970
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vicente Minnelli, 1970
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand, November 1972
Barbra Streisand, November 1972
Elliot Gould and Barbra Streisand, 1966
Elliot Gould and Barbra Streisand, 1966
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly,  1969
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly, 1969
Barbra Streisand, 1973
Barbra Streisand, 1973
Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl directed by William Wyler, 1968
Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly,  1969
Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly, 1969
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly,  1969
Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly, 1969
Director Gene Kelly and Barbra Streisand on the set of  Hello Dolly!, 1969
Director Gene Kelly and Barbra Streisand on the set of Hello Dolly!, 1969
Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly,  1969
Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly, 1969
Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly,  1969
Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand in Hello Dolly! directed by Gene Kelly, 1969
Terry Richardson, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Harper's Bazaar, 2011
Terry Richardson, Portrait of Barbra Streisand for Harper's Bazaar, 2011
Barbra Streisand and director Herbert Ross discuss an upcoming shot in Funny Girl, 1975
Barbra Streisand and director Herbert Ross discuss an upcoming shot in Funny Girl, 1975
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