Biography of Barbra Streisand and Music Career

Published At: 14 January 2021 , 08:54 PM

Biography of Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand is an American actress and singer, winner of two Oscars and other awards, including a Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe. Streisand achieved fame as a singer. To date, she has released 35 studio albums, each of which, at the end of the year, was included in the list of the best discs according to the most authoritative publication of musical topics "Billboard". What's more, Barbra Streisand is the only musician to have topped the charts in every decade since the 60s.

The future star of the scene was born in the New York borough of Brooklyn in the family of grammar teacher Emanuel Streisand and secretary Diana Rosen. Unfortunately, a year later, Barbra's father died, and with her stepfather, Lius Kind, she had a disgusting relationship, as he raised his hand to her. In the new family, the mother gave birth to her second daughter Roslyn Kind, who also performs on stage.

Actress Barbra Streisand

Streisand rarely appeared at school, as she spent a lot of time in the local choir, which was attended with her by another legendary American performer Neil Diamond and future world-class grandmaster Bobby Fischer. And the girl's classmate was the now-famous actor Dustin Hoffman.

Streisand's relationships with peers were not going well: they offended the baby because of her appearance.

Barbra Streisand as a child

When the matured Barbra told her mother that she intended to pursue a career as an actress, she was indignant, because she considered her daughter unattractive, and empty attempts to succeed on the stage was a stupid waste of time.

Despite the lack of support and faith of relatives in the strength of the future celebrity, Streisand developed a strong and willful character from an early age. Once she announced that she would become famous and sing for the President of the United States.

The girl did not give up. She participated in vocal competitions and passed one casting after another. After winning the mini-show, Streisand was hired as a singer in a nightclub. Then she performed at a gay bar in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

Gaining experience, Barbra managed to get a role on Broadway in the musical "I'll Get It For You Wholesale", which eventually became the starting point of the girl's success. The fact is that here Barbra with an unusual appearance was noticed by scriptwriter Jul Stein and especially for her he wrote the plot of a musical comedy.


Barbra Streisand made her film debut with the funny comedy Funny Girl, which immediately brought her world fame and first prize at the Oscar ceremony. Subsequent works also became musical and humorous - "Hello, Dolly!", "On a clear day, you will see eternity" and "Owl and cat". The last of them became the first film in the history of America, in which the main character uses profanity - from the mouth of Barbra, the audience heard the word "fuck".

Then Barbra appeared in Sydney Pollack's melodrama "Two Hearts Meeting." As a result, the main composition of the film "The Way We Was" performed by Streisand received the highest award of the American Film Academy.

Streisand received the second Oscar statuette as a composer for the song “Evergreen”, which she performed in the musical “A Star is Born”. Until 1980, all of the actress's films were in the top ten highest-grossing films of the year. In the 80s, she decided to both act in films and act as a director herself. The legendary Steven Spielberg called the melodrama "Yentl" a masterpiece of cinema, and the love story "Lord of the Tides" was nominated for an Oscar in seven categories at once.

Barbra Streisand in the movie Lord of the Tides

After the romantic comedy "The Mirror Has Two Faces" Streisand left the screens for a long time. In the tape, she played the main female role and acted as the director of the project. For the first time, Barbra directed the picture "Yentl" back in 1983 and was awarded the Golden Globe for her debut in this field.

Barbra returned to the cinema only in 2004, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in the family comedy film Meet the Fockers. In 2010, the second part of the picture came out. But the sequel to the tape was received negatively by critics, and Barbra received a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award.

Barbra Streisand in Meet the Fockers

The last project in the filmography of the famous actress today is a duet work with Seth Rogen in the next comedy film "The Curse of My Mother". The Paramount Studios were confident that Streisand would receive a Golden Globe for the role. Just before the results were announced, the marketing department sent a message that she won. However, the information had to be immediately removed, because Streisand was not even on the list of nominees.


In parallel with his film career, the musical biography of Barbra Streisand flourished. The artist's debut studio recording "The Barbra Streisand Album" was a huge success and won two Grammy awards. The singer recorded her first few albums in the Broadway-style, but since 1969 pop songs have appeared in her repertoire.

Slaters "The Way We Were", "Evergreen", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and "Woman in Love" became classic hits and are still popular today. One of the music critics said that the 60s and 70s were marked by Barbra Streisand, who eclipsed even Frank Sinatra in terms of the quality of music and the level of vocals.

Clips have been filmed for many of Barbra's compositions. These included: "Woman in Love", "Left In The Dark", "Emotion" and others.

The singer several times announced the termination of her vocal career, but after a short pause, she resumed performances and organized large-scale tours. The singer also works a lot in duets. Worth noting is the song "I Finally Found Someone", sung with Brian Adams, and "Tell Him", recorded with Celine Dion. The latest albums "Partners" and "Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" are composed of duet compositions.