Bio of Barbra Streisand7 min read
Bio of Barbra Streisand -I am an actress who sings. When I sing, everyone is silent, and that’s why I don’t stop – says 74-year-old diva Barbra Streisand. The only artist in the world who won all the most prestigious film, theater, television, and music awards. Two Oscars, Tony, five Emmys, ten Grammy, 13 Golden Globes, and AFI Life Achievement Award.
The most successful singer of the 20th century, Barbra Streisand, turns 79 before a few days.
During her career, she has sold almost 250 million albums and won the top of the album list of the American magazine “Billboard” a record 11 times. In the evening, he sings for several hours, each time in a different city.
Her latest album, “Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway”, on which she sings musical classics in duets with Hollywood stars such as Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Jamie Foxx, Melissa McCarthy and Anne Hathaway, was also at the top of “Billboard” lists.
And although one gets the impression that she was born for the stage, it didn’t seem that way in her youth. Neil Geybler, the author of her new biography “Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power”, writes.
She was born in 1942 in Williamsburg, a part of New York’s Brooklyn district, in a family of Jewish immigrants.
Her father, Emanuel Streisand, a high school teacher, was born in Poland. Her mother, Diana Rosen, a school secretary, is originally from Russia. Barbara was a small, inconspicuous girl…
Bio of Barbra Streisand (she dropped “a” from her name when she started her career because she thought Barbra sounded more unusual). That no one wanted to play with and that her peers called her “big beak” and mocked her mercilessly. Her father died of an epileptic seizure shortly after her first birthday. Her mother returned to her parents with 15-month-old Barbara and seven-year-old Sheldon.
Although Barbara constantly fought for her mother’s affection while growing up, she did not get it. Even then, she dreamed of floodlights. For a while she went to ballet classes, sang in the school choir, and every Saturday afternoon she went to the cinema “Loew’s Kings” and imagined how one day she would become a famous actress.
She left Brooklyn when her mother remarried to Louis Kind, a second-hand car dealer. In 1951 she gave birth to a daughter, Rosalind. She told her mother that she wanted to succeed in show business. She replied she was “too infamous to be a singer or an actress” and that “it is better for her to give up running for fame”.
Bio of Barbra Streisand “You’ll see,” Barbara snapped, vowing that no one would ever make fun of her again.
After graduating from Erasmus High School, where her schoolmate was the future musician Neil Diamond, and her first sympathy was Bobby Fischer, who later became the world chess champion They gave her the opportunity to escape to Manhattan.
She befriended the couple, Anita and Alan Miller, actors from the Cherry Lane Theater in Greenwich Village, and suggested that she take care of their children if they give her acting classes.
Bio of Barbra Streisand Doing several part-time jobs. 17-year-old Barbra received an offer to sing in the nightclubs “Bon Soir” and “Blue Angel”. The word about the young singer with a magnificent voice and an unusual image quickly spread through New York. Namely, she performed in dresses with a tiger pattern, with a high raised bun, accentuated make-up and eyes drawn like Cleopatra’s. There were, however, malicious comments. Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney mockingly called her “Cyrano de Streisand”, alluding to her big nose.
Barbra just stepped forward: at 18 she won a local singing competition. At 19 she started performing as an entertainer and hostess on television. There, in “The Tonight Show”, comedian Groucho Marx spotted her and predicted her brilliant success.
Bio of Barbra Streisand Already in 1962, she got her first role on Broadway: she played Miss Marmelstein in the play “I Can Get It for You Wholesale”. For which she won the New York Drama Critics Award and was nominated for the prestigious Tony Theater Award.
Her voice enchanted the audience and Barbra received increasing fees. She could finally afford to rent her first apartment – above the fish restaurant on Third Avenue. Her roommate, and soon husband, was Eliot Gould, a playmate. They were married in 1963, the same year that her music debut album “The Barbra Streisand Album” was released, for which she won two Grammys.
A recent rise in her career was made possible in 1964 by the role of Fanny Bryce in the musical “Funny Girl”. She also hosted her own TV show “My Name Is Barbra”. For which she won five Emmys the following year and received a new ten-year contract from CBS. She interrupted her career for a short time at the end of 1966. She gave birth to her son Jason, and only six months later she went to Hollywood to shoot the film version of “Funny Girl”.
Bio of Barbra Streisand – I couldn’t believe it when I met Kerry Grant at the party they organized for me. And Marlon Brando, the only actor I considered my idol. All these people came to the party to meet me and welcome me to Hollywood. I froze in fear and I couldn’t even get up to talk to them, as if my butt was stuck in my chair. I read in the newspaper that I was cold and arrogant – she later told about her first meeting with Hollywood stars.
Maybe there are crumbs of truth in the claim that she is arrogant. She refused to perform with Frank Sinatra several times because he did not like her. But, as a star, she could afford that whim: 130,000 fans came to listen to her at her free concert in 1967 in New York’s Central Park. She forgot the words of the song out of fear. Later discovered that she was so scared because of the anonymous death threat that she did not perform live for the next 27 years. She returned to the concert podiums only in 1994, when she went on a European tour.
Bio of Barbra Streisand But she was not nervous in front of the film cameras. She made film after film and in those years was one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood. She won the first Oscar in 1968 for “Funny Girl”, a year later she won the Golden Globe for “Hello, Dolly” and the same award in 1973 for “The Girl I Loved”.
She also won over her colleagues, so it was no wonder that her marriage to Elliott Gould broke up. On the set of “Funny Girl”, she was in love with the striking Omar Sharif, then had an affair with actors Ryan O’Neill, Warren Beatty, Don Johnson, and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Everyone said about her “that she has something”.
Her longtime lover, Hollywood hairdresser, and later producer John Peters described her as “like a man”. Tennis ace Andre Agassi, with whom she dated in the 1990s despite a big age difference (he is 28 years older than him), described it is like a “glowing lion”.
After a series of relationships, she got married again: she met the actor James Brolin in 1996 at a dinner with mutual friends. Two years later, they got married on her property in Malibu, and although they had occasional fights, they are still married.
Bio of Barbra Streisand considers her greatest success to be the musical drama “Yentl” from 1983, according to the book by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer. In which she is not only an actress but also produced and directed it. Singer was convinced that it is difficult to cooperate with her. She changed the script a lot and she later said that she is not a person prone to compromises.
I had shown before stubbornness. For example, she turned down the role of Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, for which Lisa Minelli later won an Oscar.
During the filming, she often quarreled with her colleagues. So the annoyed Walter Matthau, with whom she starred in the film “Hello, Dolly”, said that “the actress is talented as a butterfly fart”. Her friends say that she is very loyal. She has had the same assistant and manager for 40 years, and they also say that she is generous. Through her foundation, she donated millions of dollars to help people with AIDS. Mostly after her son declared himself a homosexual – and financially helps various associations for human rights, ecology, and Jewish-Arab relations.
Among her friends from her youth are Dustin Hoffman, with whom she starred in the comedies “Meet the Fockers” and “Little Fockers”. Designer Donna Karan, advice on how to invest in the stock market. Thanks to Barbra’s advice, Donna invested a million and earned eight hundred thousand dollars in just five months.
Although many persuaded her to have nose surgery at the beginning of her career, she never did.
– I am as God created me. After all, my nose is a trademark in a way. The audience did not mind buying my albums and watching my films. She was the only accurate barometer of success. Why would I change it, then? – she said.
– I always knew that I had to be famous and rich – the best. I’m not beautiful and I never will be – the best. I am not beautiful and I will never be beautiful – Gobbler stat”
Barbie Streisand’s life suddenly changed in 1996, when she met actor James Brolin.
“After ten minutes, I was baked. After two hours, I knew we would get married one day,” Brolin said.
Barbra went to therapy for accepting other people and gaining a more realistic image of herself. Brolin attended a course to learn how to love, communicate and hug.
They got married in July 1998 and are still together.
She married actor Eliot Gould in 1963. She gave birth to her only child, Jason, and the marriage lasted until 1971.
Barbra had love affairs with Ryan O’Neill, Warren Beatty, Don Johnson. Also, with Chris Christopherson, Omar Sharif, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and 28-year-old tennis player Andre Agassi.