Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and an eminent figure in show business. She’s the top most selling female recording artist of all time, and has gained success wherever she worked. Here are some interesting facts about Barbra Streisand.
1. Early life and family
Barbra Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, to Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Her childhood was painful, as her father died, when she was 15 months old.
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2. Educational background
She did her schooling from the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva and Public School 89 of Brooklyn and, graduation from Erasmus Hall High School in 1959 immediately after which she tried to get roles on the New York stage.
3. Crush on Bobby Fischer
In later 50s, when she was graduating from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, she used to have lunch with famous chess grandmaster, Bobby Fischer. She liked him, and has said she thought he was peculiar, she also found him kind of sexy.
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4. Mother of all contemporary pop divas
5. Initial TV appearance
6. Record breaking sales
Having sold around 145 million records worldwide, she is regarded as one of the best ever singers in the history of entertainment.
7. First movie
She earned many prestigious awards, such as: 5 Emmy Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Oscar Awards, an American Film Institute award, a Peabody Award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, 11 Golden Globes, and a Special Tony Award.
9. She used to hate her name
10. Gay rights supporter
Being a gay rights supporter, in 2007 she assisted to raise funds in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Proposition 8 in California.
11. Personal life
In 1963, she married actor Elliott Gould, and had one child. But in 1971, they separated their ways and in 1998, she married actor James Brolin. Coincidentally, both of her husbands were part of 1970s sci-fi thriller “Capricorn One.”
12. Actress turned singer
13. Could have been the First Lady of Canada
14. Successful director too
15. Political Enemy
Being a Democratic Party supporter, she was among the celebrities who were in the political enemy list of Richard Nixon, along with Paul Newman and Jane Fonda.