Streisand, Barbra (Joan )
- Linda Pohly
(b Brooklyn, New York, April 24, 1942). American popular singer . Her career began in New York City night clubs in the 1960s. Her dramatic style and appealing voice brought engagements on local television and a role in the 1962 Broadway show I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Her appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Judy Garland television shows and in Las Vegas attracted a national audience. In 1964 and 1965 Streisand starred as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, a role that established her as a formidable singer, actress and comedian. Her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, won a Grammy award, and her first television special, ‘My Name Is Barbra’, garnered several Emmy awards. In 1969 Streisand received an Academy Award as Best Actress for her first film, a version of Funny Girl (1968). Under the guidance of her manager, Martin Erlichman, Streisand secured additional artistic control over her films, recordings and television specials. In ...