Barbra Streisand is an award winning American actress, singer, composer, film producer and director. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 24th in 1942. Her father, Emanuel was a high school teacher and died when Barbra was just 17 month old. Diana Rosen, her mother raised her and her brother while working as a secretary. The family struggled financially and her mother remarried when Barbra was seven. Her stepfather turned out to be emotionally abusive.
Streisand has talked about her childhood as painful experience. She was shay and felt isolated because of her unusual looks. She attended Erasmus Hall High School while studying acting in New York City.
She moved to Manhattan in 1960 after graduated from high school. She met actor Elliot Gould and married him in 1963. They stayed together for eight years and had a son Jason.
Streisand entered a talent competition at a local night club when she was still taking acting lessons and working in the office. She was successful and that was the beginning of her career as a successful cabaret singer.
She debut in Broadway in 1962 with a show called “I Can Get It For You Wholesale” and won the award by the New York Drama Critics as well as nominated for Tony Award. The album for the show was her first recording and her debut album “The Barbra Streisand Album” was released from Columbia Records in 1963. The album enjoyed top 10 gold record and Streisand won two Grammy Awards.
Even though Streisand enjoyed three album successes in 1964, she opted to perform in Broadway rather than doing live concerts. She was performing in the show called “Funny Girl” and the song from the show “People” became her first top ten single.
Streisand made her movie debut in the film version of “Funny Girl” in 1968 and won Academy Award as well as Golden Glove. Her successful film career continued with movies such as “Hello, Dolly” “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”.
During 1970s, Streisand effectively managed to combine her two interests, musical and film. The first result was the successful film “The Way We Were” in 1973. She was nominated for Academy Award and the single record became her first number one. “A Star Is Born” in 1976 followed which Streisand produced. It awarded six Golden Globes and the title song “Evergreen” became her second number one hit.
She collaborated with Neil Diamond, her former high school friend, on the song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” in late 1970’s. The song hit number one and a dance record which she collaborated with Donna Summer “No More Tears” followed. Her best-selling album “Guilty” was released in 1980 which contained top hit song “Woman In Love”.
In 1983, Streisand made a directorial debut with “Yentil” and awarded Golden Globe as well as nominated for Academy Award. In 1985 her “The Broadway Album” charted to the top. She made her second movie as a director “Prince Of Tides” in 1991.
In 1994, after a long absent, Streisand went back to the concert stage and released the album “The Concert” which sold millions.
Her latest album “Release Me” which contained unreleased material was released in 2012. Over the period of her successful career Streisand sold over 70 million records all over the world.
Politically, Streisand is a passionate supporter of the Democratic Party.