Young Barbra Streisand
Legendary performer Barbra Streisand's star was born in Brooklyn, New York, to parents Emmanuel and Diana Streisand. When she was just 18 years old, Barbra walked into a small Manhattan club where she entered and won a singing contest. This helped launch one of the most spectacular careers in show business.

Not long after Barbra began singing professionally, Broadway beckoned. She played Funny Girl Fanny Brice when she was 21 years old, a role she recreated in her film debut. The onscreen performance earned her an Oscar® for Best Actress.

Then, in 1983, Barbra made history when she stepped behind the camera for the film Yentl. She was the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a major motion picture.

Over the years, Barbra has also sold more than 70 million albums and sang for devoted fans around the world. In her five-decade career, she's won two Oscars, 11 Golden Globes®, one Tony®, eight Grammys® and five Emmys®, making her a true living legend.
FROM: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Barbra Streisand Extravaganza!
Published on November 16, 2010

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