Barbra Streisand

From a poor Jewish family in Brooklyn, Barbra (she changed the normal spelling early on) Streisand grew up to be one of the world's greatest divas, blessed with an astonishing vocal range that made her a huge international star of record, stage and screen. She started singing in night clubs, appeared on stage with Joan Rivers and got an early break singing on TV's The Tonight Show in 1961. Streisand's electrifying appearances playing showgirl Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical Funny Girl won her widespread acclaim, which went global when she also appeared in the movie version. She also adapted her love of musicals and cabaret into a brilliant recording career which made her the third-best selling artist of the 1970s, behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Streisand's voice was showcased to powerful effect on classic soaring ballads People, The Way We Were, You Don't Bring Me Flowers and Evergreen - all huge hits - while her glittering movie career includes celebrated roles in The Way We Were, The Main Event, A Star Is Born and Meet The Fockers.

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07-07-2011