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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy, and driven.” As one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and only one of a handful of entertainers honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony Award, Barbra Streisand launched her career in the 1960s and has achieved incredible success decade after decade as a singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. Shortly after getting her start as a singer and songwriter, she proved her talents in film with award-winning performances in Funny Girl, A Star Is Born, and The Way We Were. In 1983, she made history as the first woman to write, produce, direct, and start in a major studio film with Yentl, which also made her the first and only woman to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Director. Today, the 76-year-old is still going strong as one of entertainment’s greatest legends known for her impeccable excellence and knee-rattling stage fright.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Streisand released album after album and became a mainstay on the pop charts with singles like “The Way We Were,” “Evergreen,” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” Amid her growing success as a singer and songwriter, she continued pushing the envelope as an actress with credits in What’s Up, Doc?, The Way We Were, and A Star is Born before turning heads in 1983 when she became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in Yentl, a film with a $14 million budget that was intended to put Streisand on the map in Hollywood but failed when she was passed over for five Academy Awards.

“It was strange,” she recalled. “I didn’t mind it for one reason: it really showed the sexism. I thought by not being nominated, I put a spotlight on the issue. I thought, ‘Wow, this is so transparent.’ I remember looking at the Directors Guild list. I think there were only 11 women, and I thought to myself, ‘There is no way they’re going to vote for me.’ I didn’t even think the women would nominate me.” In fact, some of Streisand’s harshest reviews came from female critics like Janet Maslin of The New York Times. “It devastated me. She didn’t like the light on my father coming through a window,” Streisand said. “It was a beautiful light. I wanted to show him in a natural way.”

Despite being passed over for Yentl, Streisand refused to give up and stepped behind the scenes once again for The Prince of Tides in 1991 and The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996. She briefly put her music career on hold and became politically involved as she supported Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign before surprising her fans with her first public concert appearance in 27 years in 1993. Beginning with a New Year’s event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Streisand launched a multi-city tour in 1994 that sold out in under an hour and rekindled her incredible stardom as she became the highest paid concert performer in history and earned five Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award for her work on the road.

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