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Barbra Streisand: the legend of music and cinema turns 80

Awarded with two statuettes, this living legend of Broadway and Hollywoodwon his first Oscar for best actress in 1969 for her performance in “Funny Girl” and repeated this feat eight years later, this time within the world of music, taking another grand prize for best original song for “Evergreen”.

Barbra, who dropped the second “a” from her name to be unique, has also been awarded five Emmys, ten Grammys, eleven Golden Globes and a Tony award, which makes her one of the six “EGOT” women, that is, to be recognized with the highest awards in music, film and theater, along with Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg and Liza Minnelli.

In her six decades of musical milestones, Barbra Streisand has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and has topped the Billboard 200 with 11 albums, the woman with the most number ones on the US chart.

Unforgettable are some of his songs like “The Way We Were” (1973), “Woman in Love” (1980), “Memory” (1982) or “Somewhere” (1985), among many others. In addition, he has worked under the orders of great film directors such as William Wyler, Gene Kelly, Vincente Minnelli or Sydney Pollack.

NEVER GAVE UP ON HIS DREAM

Barbara Joan Streisand was born in the New York neighborhood of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, on April 24, 1942 in the bosom of a humble Jewish family, who never believed that she was graceful enough to get on stage.

With an unorthodox beauty, the young Sreisand never gave up on her dream and after winning a singing contest in a Manhattan club she decided to dedicate herself to music and began performing in nightclubs.

After her guest appearances on several television shows, she signed with Columbia Records and released her debut album “The Barbra Streisand Album” (1963), with which she won two Grammys, Best Female Musical Performance and Best Musical Performance. best album of the year

On stage she had already triumphed in 1962 in her debut with the musical “I can get it for you wholesale”, being a candidate for the Tony Award. In May 1964 she released the album “People”, with which she rose to fame and which placed her at the top of the charts.

AT THE CINEMA THROUGH THE BIG DOOR

After his musical achievements, in 1968 he made his first foray into the cinema through the front door, under the direction of William Wyler and starring in one of the most famous musicals in the history of cinema that had just succeeded on Broadway, “Funny Girl” .

At 27, her portrayal of vaudeville star Fanny Brice and her rocky relationship with inveterate gambler Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) earned her her first Oscar for best actress, an accolade she picked up in 1969 wearing an iconic see-through dress.

His second musical, Hello Dollywith Gene Kelly as director, was nominated for 7 Oscars, but none for Streisand, who then opted for comedy.

Among his films from the early 1970s, “What’s Up Doc?” (1972), starring alongside Ryan O’Neal, and “The Way We Were” (1973), one of the most famous romantic films of the time, and origin of the popular “The Way We Were”, winner of the Oscar for the best song in 1974 and awarded six Golden Globes.

Together with Kris Kristofferson, she starred in “A Star is Born” (1976) with which Brabra Streisand won her second statuette, this time in the category of Best Song for “Evergreen” in 1977, and best actress at the Golden Globes.

She made her debut behind the camera with “Yentl” (1983), which she also produced and starred in, the story of a young woman who disguises herself as a boy to study the Talmud, a risky bet that ended up winning an Oscar for best musical adaptation and Golden Globes. for Best Director and Best Film.

She repeated as director in 1991 with the adaptation of “The Prince of Tides”, by Pat Conroy and with Nick Nolte as a couple, which achieved seven Oscar nominations, and with “The Mirror has Two Faces”, with Jeff Bridges.

Her last film appearances were as a mother in the hit movie “Meet the Fockers” (2004), where she appeared with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro, and its 2010 sequel.

“DO NOT LIE TO ME”

A woman of strong character and convictions, Streisand has also been involved in politics, especially during the 2017 election campaign supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton and targeting Donald Trump, to whom she dedicated her song “Don’t Lie to Me” (” Don’t lie to me”) and a video clip with critical scenes about the situation in the country since the businessman took power.

In addition to the numerous awards and accolades she has received throughout her extraordinary music and film career, the veteran artist has excelled as a philanthropist and civil rights activist.

American actress, director and singer Barbra Streisand (R) and American director Steven Spielberg (L) pose after receiving the Medal of Freedom, on November 24, 2015, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington (DC, USA). Then-President Obama presented 17 people with the Medal of Freedom, the highest award for civilian merit in the United States. EFE/Michael Reynolds
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Her Streisand Foundation, born in 1986, helps with environmental projects, education and women’s health issues, is the founder of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance. the woman.

She has received the National Medal of Arts from the hands of US President Bill Clinton, was decorated by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, and the French Legion of Honor was presented to her by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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