Astonishing Barbra Streisand and more, is a singer, actor, director and producer. Her career spans six decades. Streisand has succeeded in multiple fields of entertainment. She has never been afraid to call the shots, personally and professionally, in her 80 years.
Astonishing Barbra Streisand And More A Powerful Woman
Streisand is the first major female star to command roles as a Jewish actress. In the 60s and 70s she redefined female stardom, through her sensitive portrayal of ethnic urban characters. She is one of the most powerful women in the entertainment world.
Like Fanny Brice, Streisand has insisted throughout her career, she retain full artistic control. In exchange for that, she accepted a lower rate of pay. “An instinct tells you what is right for you and you can’t do it any other way.”
Streisand is the only person to receive an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards. Astonishing Barbra Streisand and more, has been recognized with numerous awards. Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts and Peabody awards. She received the Kennedy Centre Honour, American Film Institute’s Lifelong Achievement honour and the Film Society of Lincoln Center Chaplin Award.
In 1995, Streisand received the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign. She also received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University. In 2013, she received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The French government bestowed the title of Commander of the Arts and Letters on Streisand.
You can hear Streisand laugh at all this notoriety with one her well-loved quips as she always considered herself to be a work in progress.
Streisand The Original
Streisand’s absolute originality is memorable. She is unmatched in her outspokenness and noted for her liberal politics and philanthropy.
For many years Streisand has been an environmentalist. Through it all, she has ever remained true to herself. Her attitude is, “I can take any truth. Just don’t lie to me.”
Her strong political belief in social justice has infused both her professional career and her personal life. She is never backwards in what she believes and willing to put her money where her mouth is.
Funny Girl Crying On The Inside
Streisand’s first movie was Funny Girl, in 1968. It was such a success it made Streisand an international ‘superstar’. Her talents made her a star, but her no-nonsense attitude made her an icon.
She won her first Oscar for the Best Actress. Comedy, drama, or classics proved no barrier to Streisand, always backed by her powerful vocal talent.
Astonishing Barbra Streisand And More Music
Astonishing Barbra Streisand more has a powerful signature vocal style is as unique as she is. Her mezzo-soprano voice is always her ‘ace in the hole’, despite her critics.
With several octaves range, her wondrously dynamic vocals can float on the air one moment and then climb to operatic heights the next. Streisand has an acute ability to interpret a song, never singing a song the same way twice.
Streisand can’t read or write music, but was the first woman to be honoured as a composer. She hears complete compositions in her head. They voted her the top Adult Contemporary female artist of all time.
Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, selling over 150 million records worldwide. The album ‘Guilty’, written for her by the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, alone sold over 10 million copies.
Streisand is the only artist to achieve a #1 album on the Billboard charts in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. She extended this record into the 21st century with the jazz album, ‘Love is the Answer’. Streisand is an ‘elder stateswoman’ of all contemporary pop divas.
Glenn Gould was a self-confessed “Streisand freak”. He said referring to Barbra Streisand’s voice, “One of the natural wonders of the age, an instrument of infinite diversity and timbral resource,” in his review of her Classical Barbra album.
In 1986, she performed in a memorable concert following 19 years of stage silence. In 1994, she again returned to the stage, this time following a 27-year break. Her concerts sold-out.
Streisand says, “I don’t enjoy public performances and being on the stage. I don’t enjoy the glamour. I am up on the stage and my feet hurt.” Performing for her was always an inner process, yet she made it appear effortless.
Streisand says the audience is the best judge of everything. “They cannot be lied to. Truth brings them closer.” She is claimed as the most charismatic live performer of the last century.
Astonishing Barbra Streisand And More Film Director
In 1983, astonishing Barbra Streisand and more, debuted as a film director, in a ‘man’s world‘. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. For the first time, a female won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, and she held that record for 37 years.
Streisand was the first woman to write, produce, direct and star in a major studio film. “It takes work to be a star. I don’t enjoy the stardom part. I only enjoy the creative process.” She started her own production company so actors could secure properties and develop movie projects for themselves.
“I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult, obsessive. It takes obsession and searching for the details, for any artist to be good.” Her unmovable attitudes have earned her both respect and scorn. Her greatest critic, however, has always been herself.
Early Life Of Astonishing Barbra Streisand And More
It is worth taking a few moments to glance back at Streisand’s early life. Her father died at age 34 when Barbra was one-year old. The family were poor, her mother working as a low-paid bookkeeper.
Streisand always felt she was an outsider. Her mother had a great voice and sang semi-professionally, but was very critical of her daughter. Streisand says, “Sometimes you resent the people you love and need the most. Love is fascinating in all its form. I think everyone who has ever been a mother will relate to this.”
Streisand disliked the name Barbara and shortened it to Barbra. A name as unique as the woman she is.
She was determined to prove to her mother that she could be a star. She looked for love from her mother and instead was fed food. “I was a wild child and not taught the niceties of life.”
From a young teenager, Streisand wanted to see her name in lights. Though stardom was never her goal. “You have to discover you, what you do, and trust it. You don’t need to mimic anyone.”
Streisand was repeatedly told she was too ugly to be a star in her early days, with her uniquely ethnic ‘Jewish nose’. They told her to get a nose job. She did consider it, but said she couldn’t find anyone she trusted enough. “I couldn’t do it in a mirror.”
60-year Plus Career
Streisand collected a multi-generational fan base across a 60-year plus career. She has contributed to the entertainment world in a personal and unique way. Streisand has a self-deprecating sense of humour, as well as the ability to show a serious and dramatic side to her personality.
She has always been her own person. “Confidence and doubt are two ends of the same scale and you need both. They cancel each other out.”
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