She was born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn, New York and educated at Beis Yakov School and Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. Following a music competition she became a club singer in her teens. She had wanted at first to be an actress, but her boyfriend Barry Dennen helped her shape a club singer act that was a smashing success.
She signed to Columbia Records in 1962 and her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, won two Grammy Awards in 1963. From 1962 she also appeared on Broadway, first in the musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale and then as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1964). She built on her success with a number of television specials for CBS. Her first film was a reprise of her Broadway hit, Funny Girl (1968), for which she won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress. Her next two movies were also based on musicals, while her fourth film was based on a Broadway play.
Over the years, Streisand has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and eight Golden Globes, as well as a number of other awards. Her other Academy Award was as composer of the song "Evergreen", from A Star Is Born (1976). In 1995 she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
She has produced a number of her own films, setting up Barwood Films in 1972. For Yentl (1983) she was producer, director, writer, and star; an experience she largely repeated for The Prince of Tides (1991).
She has appeared on over forty albums, after her early work in the 1960s (The Second Barbra Streisand Album, The Third Album, My Name Is Barbra, etc.) Many were soundtrack albums.
In 1991 she released a 4-album box set, entitled Just for the Record. A separate disc, entitled "Highlights from Just for the Record" featured two dozen tracks, including live material, greatest hits, rarities and otherwise, from her early recordings up to 1991.
Around 1992, however, success was not in Barbra's favor. She was losing money. She turned to the only person she could think of and that was old boyfriend Barry Dennen. He told her to do concerts and get a little money back ; get over her frightened shell. The touring result was one of the biggest all-media merchandise parlays in history. Dennen later wrote a book called My Life with Barbra.
She was married to Elliott Gould from 1963 to 1971, from which she produced her only child, son Jason Gould (who later appeared as her son in The Prince Of Tides). She briefly dated Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the early 70s, and later married James Brolin in 1998.
Her strong, larger-than-life personality was satirized on the South Park animated series in an episode called "Mecha-Streisand."
- The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).
- The Prince of Tides (1991)
- Nuts (1987)
- Yentl (1983)
- All Night Long (1981)
- A Star Is Born (1976)
- Funny Lady (1974)
- The Way We Were (1973)
- What's Up, Doc? (1972)
- The Owl And The Pussycat (1970)
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
- Hello, Dolly! (1969)
- Funny Girl (1968)
- Streisand For Everyone
- The Barbra Streisand Archives
- The Barbra Streisand FAQ
- IMDb: Barbra Streisand