Barbra Streisandwas born on April 24, 1942 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. She was born to Jewish parents and is an American singer, composer, producer, director, theatre and movie actress. She is also active as a liberal political activist. Barbra has won many awards such as Oscars for Best Actress and Best Original Song, and Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. She is known to be one of the most successful female entertainers in the modern entertainment history and also one of the best solo artists in the United States. She has been in the entertainment world for over 47 years and has sold over 71 million albums.
Barbra sang in her high school choir with Neil Diamond. Her mother encouraged her to learn to type because she didnít feel that Barbra was attractive enough to be a star. Barbra became a nightclub singer while she was still a teen. She wanted to be an actress and starred in some off Broadway productions, one of which starred Joan Rivers. She first appeared on Broadway in 1962 with a small role in the musical, I Can Get It For You Wholesale. This was her first star making role and she landed a contract with Columbia Records the same year.
Barbra has recorded over 60 albums such as, My Name is Barbra, Stoney End, The Broadway Album, and many more. The Broadway album reached number 1 on the Billboard Album chart and stayed there for 3 weeks. In the 1970's she has hits such as, The Way We Were, Evergreen, No More tears Enough is Enough, Woman In Love, and many more. At the end of the 1970's she was considered to be the most successful female in the United States. Elvis Presley and The Beatles were the only ones who had surpassed her in album sales. Stephen Holden, from the New York Times claimed that Barbra was the most influential mainstream American pop singer since Frank Sinatra.
In 1985, Barbra returned to her musical theatre roots when she released the album, The Broadway Album. The album was certified platinum 4 times. It was nominated as album of the year and it also won Barbra her 8th Emmy Award for Best Female Vocalist. In 1991 she released, Just For the record, which was a four disc box set, and it was a recording of her entire career. It contained over 70 tracks. Barbra has received 2 Oscar Awards, 4 Emmy Awards, Nine Golden Globe Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, 1 Tony Award, 2 Cable Ace Awards, The American Film Instituteís Lifetime Achievement Award, Officer of the Legion díhonneur in France. She also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and as of 2007. She is ranked as the top selling female album artist in the U. S. She was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Barbra has appeared in 2 Broadway performances, 12 television specials, and in 17 movies.
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