US singer and actress, whose overwhelming personality earned her a special Broadway Tony Award in 1970 as ‘actress of the decade’.
Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York, and her career began modestly when she won a Greenwich Village nightclub contest. With her Broadway debut in I Can Get It For You Wholesale (1962), however, came a New York Critics Award and instant acclaim. Her stardom was confirmed by the Broadway musical Funny Girl, in which she also made her film debut in 1968, winning an Academy Award for her performance. Hello Dolly! (1969) and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) were also film musicals. However, she managed to break away from musicals by starring in such films as The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and What's Up Doc? (1972). Further evidence of the diversity of her talent was provided when she starred in, wrote some of the music for, and was executive producer of A Star Is Born (1976), the song ‘Evergreen’ (music by Streisand, lyrics by Paul Williams) winning an Academy Award. Her films of the 1980s included All Night Long (1981), Yentl (1983), which she also co-wrote, produced, and directed, and Nuts (1987); she has subsequently directed and starred in The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).
Streisand has also enjoyed a highly successful recording and concert career.