Barbra Streisand’s biographyModern mass culture unfairly rigidly went over the name of the singer and actress Barbra Streisand, to remember at least the series of the animated serial South Park, in which the superstar of the 60s appears in the image of iron Godzilla.
By the beginning of the 21st century, the total number of Streisand’s albums sold reached a quarter of a billion copies. There are 34 gold, 27 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in the singer’s discography.
Childhood. From ugly duckling to superstarsI came to Hollywood without veneers on my teeth, without a nose reshaped by plastic surgeons and without a resounding pseudonym. It does me credit, Streisand said in one of her interviews. But Barbara’s path to fame was difficult, and not only because her appearance did not meet the glamour standards.
The difficulties did not break the young star with her own idea of beauty, and her further biography is the best proof of that. Subsequently, the ironic phrase Hello, Gorgeous! from the musical Funny Girl, for which Barbra Streisand got her first Oscar, became the visiting-card of the actress and symbol of her victory over circumstances.
Talented from natureStreisand studied neither singing nor acting. She managed to do both of them by itself.
Despite this, Barbra gained impressive experience in high school: she appeared at weddings, sang in a summer camp, and then joined the school choir, where she struck up an acquaintance with her first friend, Neil Diamond, who, along with Barbra and Elton John today is considered one of the most successful performers in history.
Cinema careerHer cinema career was no less productive. Two movie musicals with Barbra Streisand in the lead role were released one after another: Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly!. The first, largely autobiographical film told about Fanny Brice’s way of development from plain girl to a world star. The second one represented an ironic story about the brilliant matchmaker Dolly Levi.
And already in 1970, in the film, The Owl and the Pussycat Barbra played like an experienced woman of easy virtue named Doris, who met a highly moral Felix. It was from the mouth of her character that the indecent word fuck sounded from the screen for the first time in the history of cinema.
Now Barbara Streisand almost does not appear in films, but in 2010, she appeared in the black comedy Little Fockers, where she performed as the mother of the scandalous family Roz Focker. On the set she was supposed to play with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
Queen of duetsStreisand is known not only as a singer with a voice close to the opera mezzo-soprano, who made an enormous contribution to world pop culture but also as a performer, who sings in duo most frequently. In the 60s she managed to sing with Frank Sinatra (I’ve Got A Crush On You), the king of rhythm and blues Ray Charles (Crying Time), and star of musicals Judy Garland (Happy Days Are Here).
In 2002, Barbra offered the rising star of pop music, Josh Groban, to record a song together. The result of their efforts was the composition All I Know of Love.
In 2016 Streisand released the disc Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway ‒ a collection of her songs ever included in movie soundtracks. It contains duets with many celebrities, including Hugh Jackman (Any Moment Now from the musical Smile), Alec Baldwin (The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened from the musical Road Show), Chris Pine (I’ll Be Seeing You from the musical My Fair Lady).
To overcome the main fearIt is surprising, but despite the successful acting career and the phenomenal success of her audio recordings, for almost thirty years Streisand stiffened with horror at the thought that she would have to perform live before the public.
Fear of the stage appeared in her in 1966. During a large-scale tour through the USA, she, a Jewess from Brooklyn was sent threatening letters by Islamist terrorists, who promised to shoot the singer during a performance. She forgot the lyrics of the song because of fear right during the concert. She was standing and was silent, and several thousand visitors were watching her fail.