Given Name – Barbara Joan Streisand – Born April 24, 1942
Music is a universal language and one of the best interpreters of vocal music there has ever been is Barbra Streisand, in my opinion. I know that she changed my life forever with her rendition of “People Who Need People.”
She started signing professional at a relatively young age – still in her teens. She had a certain style that was all her own. Some tried to talk her out of that style saying she needed to be more conventional. She did it her way and made music history. She has had the last laugh in that regard as she is the most highly decorated female singer in history.
Her career has now spanned 50 years. She can still stop a show, in my opinion, as my wife and I watched her performance in “Back to Brooklyn.”
With her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer, she became one of the rare artists to achieve number-one albums in five consecutive decades.
Perhaps the Last of Her Kind
She is labeled a “belter” of songs. Meaning, I believe, that she can really fill the hall with her voice, even without electronic amplification. Such a style marked her career well.
Though she can sing songs in softer ways as well. In her prime, there was nothing she could not sing, in a popular way (she has not done Rock ‘n’ Roll).
Even at age 71 (at this writing), with only some of the power gone, she can still move an audience to tears as she interprets a song.
To have such influence over so long a period of time is to truly change the world.
Her Life Is More Than Song
Her first film was a reprise of her Broadway hit, Funny Girl (1968), an artistic and commercial success directed by Hollywood veteran William Wyler. Streisand won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress for the role, sharing it with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter), the only time there has been a tie in this Oscar category.
Her next two movies were also based on musicals, Jerry Herman’s Hello, Dolly!, directed by Gene Kelly (1969); and Alan Jay Lerner’s and Burton Lane’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vincente Minnelli (1970); while her fourth film was based on the Broadway play The Owl and the Pussycat (1970).
Along with Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier and later Steve McQueen, Streisand formed First Artists Production Company in 1969, so the actors could secure properties and develop movie projects for themselves. Streisand’s initial outing with First Artists was Up the Sandbox (1972).
Streisand has long been an active supporter of the Democratic Party and many of its causes.
In 1971, Streisand was one of the celebrities listed on President Richard Nixon’s infamous Enemies List.
Streisand is a supporter of gay rights, and in 2007 helped raise funds in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Proposition 8 in California.
In 1984, Streisand donated the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Mount Scopus campus, in memory of her father, an educator and scholar who died when she was young.
Streisand has personally raised $25 million for organizations through her live performances. The Streisand Foundation, established in 1986, has contributed over $16 million through nearly 1,000 grants to “national organizations working on preservation of the environment, voter education, the protection of civil liberties and civil rights, women’s issues and nuclear disarmament.”
In 1984, Streisand was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.
She also received the National Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. She was inducted as an officer of France’s Legion of Honour in 2007. She was accorded An Honorary Doctorate In Arts and Humanities by Brandeis University in 1995 and an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013.
In that year, she was also recipient of the Charles Chaplin lifetime achievement award by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the only female artist who directed, wrote, produced and starred in the same major studio film (Yentl).
There You Have It – In Very Abbreviated Form
Barbra Streisand has had major influence upon her world. Thereby changing it forever. You can see what you can do following your own style and determining to succeed at whatever you choose. What are you waiting for?
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Barbra Streisand Sings ‘Evergreen’ & More In New BACK TO BROOKLYN Preview Clips (broadwayworld.com)
Barbra Streisand Pulls In Millions For Conference Concert (contactmusic.com)
Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn “Evergreen” with Trumpeter Chris Botti (cositasdeandreacristina.wordpress.com)