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Barbra Streisand By CBS – ebay, PD-US – The Ed Sullivan Show 1969

Barbara JoanBarbraStreisand  (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes. She is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award – though only three were competitive awards – and is one of only two artists in that group who have also won a Peabody.

After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.  Her other films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born, for which she received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme “Evergreen”, the first woman to be honored as a composer. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and to date only) woman to win that award.

Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with more than 68.5 million albums in the U.S. and with a total of 150 million records sold worldwide making her the best-selling female artist among top-selling artists recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The RIAA and Billboard recognize Streisand as holding the record for the most top 10 albums of any female recording artist: a total of 34 since 1963. According to Billboard, she holds the record for the female with the most number one albums (11). Billboard also recognizes her as the greatest female of all time on its 200 chart and one of the greatest artists of all time on its Hot 100 chart. Streisand is the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades, having released 53 gold albums, 31 platinum albums, and 14 multi-platinum albums in the United States.

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Barbra Streisand By MaxPride – Own work – 2007 – The O2 Arena

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Sadje of Keep it Alive is a huge fan of Barbra Streisand so today’s Theme Times Bumper Special is dedicated to her – have a great Friday!

Both of my parents were huge fans of Barbra and so l grew up with her voice in the home and naturally developed a like and love of her songs and her acting career. I have not listened to anything of hers properly since Sadje’s Hello dedication in February so today will be a nice walk down memory lane for me also.

Here are 10 of my personal favourite songs and 10 of her best acting performances.

Are you a fan of Barbra Streisand – her singing or her acting or both? Let me know your views and comments below – cheers.

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1 – Woman in Love – 1980

2 – Papa, Can you Hear Me – 1983

3 – Happy Days Are Here Again – 1963

4 – No More Tears – 1979

5 – You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – 1978

6 – Don’t Rain on my Parade – 1968

7 – Somewhere – 1985

8 – I Can Still Se Your Face – 2014

9 – Being Good Isn’t Good Enough – 2012

10 – As If We Never Said Goodbye – 1993

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1 – Funny Girl – 1968

Follows the life of the 1930s comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of New York, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies.

2 – Yentl – 1983

Yentl, a Jewish girl, disguises herself as a boy and enters an orthodox school and falls in love with Avigdor, her classmate. However, trouble ensues when Avigdor’s fiancee falls in love with Yentl.

3 – A Star is Born – 1976

A rock star on the decline, John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson) has given in to drugs and excessive drinking, and his music has suffered as a result. Wandering into a club one night, John watches singer Esther Hoffman (Barbra Streisand) perform and is smitten. The two begin dating, and soon John lets Esther take the spotlight during his concerts. However, even as Esther finds fame and success with her singing, John continues his downward spiral.

4 – The Prince of Tides – 1991

A New York psychiatrist treating an emotionally scarred woman finds it helpful to discuss her South Carolina family’s troubled history with the woman’s twin brother. He and the psychiatrist find themselves drawn together by their equally turbulent pasts, and they form an alliance which ultimately leads to romance.

5 – What’s Up, Doc? – 1972

Howard Bannister travels to San Fransisco with his fiance to compete for a music research grant, when he runs into a wild, unpredictable college drop out who brings havoc into his orderly life.

6 – Hello, Dolly! – 1969

In 1890s New York City, the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau) and a young artist named Ambrose (Tommy Tune), who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde (Joyce Ames). Dolly’s scheming soon involves Horace’s employees as well as a New York hatmaker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.

7 – The Owl and the Pussycat – 1970

Trying to keep her head above water, New Yorker Doris (Barbra Streisand) accepts money for sexual favors from men who occasionally visit her apartment, a practice that bugs her neighbor, Felix (George Segal), an unsuccessful writer. Felix gets her booted, but when she complains to him, he lets her bunk at his place. Reserved Felix and outlandish Doris have little in common, but as they’re forced to spend more time together, their proximity leads to an increasing mutual fondness.

8 – Funny Lady – 1975

In this sequel to “Funny Girl,” Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) is now a huge star on Broadway whose fortunes have taken a hit from the Great Depression. After a whirlwind romance, Fanny marries Billy Rose (James Caan), and the two agree to collaborate on a show. Despite the show’s early struggles, Fanny makes it a success, but the sudden fame puts a strain on her marriage — especially when Billy learns she still has feelings for her ex-husband, Nick (Omar Sharif).

9 – The Way We Were – 1973

Katie and Hubbell are opposites who fall in love with each other. But soon Katie’s radical thinking and Hubbell’s carefree lifestyle begin to hamper their relationship.

10 – Nuts – 1987

Charged with killing a client, call girl Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand) is awaiting her trial. While Claudia’s parents seek to have her declared insane so that she can avoid a likely guilty verdict and serve time for manslaughter, she rejects this approach because she doesn’t want to be put in a mental institution. Lawyer Aaron Levinsky (Richard Dreyfuss) reluctantly takes on Claudia’s case and tries to prove that she’s not crazy, but the volatile prostitute doesn’t make his task easy.

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Are you a fan of Barbra Streisand – her singing or her acting or both? Let me know your views and comments below – cheers.

8 thoughts on “Theme Times – Barbra Streisand

    1. I used to be a bigger fan than l am these days – like you if l had to pin point what l prefer l would say it’s her film work. Parents loved her voice and l grew up with her voice in the house 🙂

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