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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

71 Groovy Things about Barbra Streisand on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Barbra Streisand's 71st birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Barbara Joan Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 24, 1942.

2. She appeared in the 1957 summer stock season of the Malden Bridge Playhouse (in Malden Bridge, New York) as Elsa (the sexy office vamp) in Desk Set and as Millie (the tomboy sister) in Picnic.

3. She appeared with comedian Joan Rivers in an Off-Off-Broadway production of Driftwood, which opened at the Garrett Theater on 49th Street on January 15, 1959, and ran for only six weeks.

4. She first performed as a singer at The Lion, a popular gay nightclub in Greenwich Village, in June 1960 (where she won a talent contest) - and she changed her name to "Barbra" while singing there for a few weeks.

5. She played Hortense (the French maid) in the musical, The Boy Friend, at the Cecilwood Theatre Playhouse in Fishkill, New York, in August 1960.

6. She made her national TV debut on April 5, 1961, on The Jack Paar Show with guest host Orson Bean and guests Phyllis Diller and Gore Vidal.

7. She appeared with Diana Sands and Dom De Luise in the Off-Broadway musical revue, Another Evening with Harry Stoones, in October 1961 at NYC's Gramercy Arts Theater (it closed after nine previews and one performance).

8. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as secretary Miss Marmelstein in I Can Get It for You Wholesale, which opened on Broadway on March 22, 1962, and ran for 300 performances. She also met her future husband, co-star Elliott Gould, to whom she was married from 1963 until 1971.

9. She was Mike Douglas' co-host for a week on his nationally syndicated talk show, The Mike Douglas Show, in February 1963.

10. Her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, was released on February 25, 1963, and it won three Grammy Awards - Album of the Year, Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Album Cover, Other Than Classical.

11. She was a guest on A Bob Hope Comedy Special on September 27, 1963, on NBC.

12. She and Judy sang their famous duet of "Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again" on The Judy Garland Show on October 6, 1963. She also performed "Down With Love" on the show.

13. She starred as Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical, Funny Girl, from March 26, 1964, to December 26, 1965.

14. She appeared on the cover of TIME magazine on April 10, 1964.

15. She appeared twice as the mystery guest on the game show, What's My Line?, on April 12, 1964, and April 25, 1965.

16. She won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance for "People" from her 1964 album, People. The album's cover image was photographed at Chicago's Oak Street Beach near the Drake Hotel.

17. She starred in her first television special, My Name is Barbra, on April 28, 1965, on CBS, which later earned her her first Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement by an Actor or Performer.

18. She won a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Performance for her 1965 album, My Name is Barbra.

19. She starred in her second CBS television special, Color Me Barbra, on March 30, 1966.

20. She recorded her 1967 A Christmas Album while pregnant with her son Jason, who was born on December 29, 1966. She released a second Christmas album, Christmas Memories, in 2001.

21. She starred in her third CBS television special, The Belle of 14th Street, on October 11, 1967, with guest stars Jason Robards, John Bubbles and Lee Allen.

22. She starred in her fourth CBS television special, A Happening in Central Park, on September 16, 1968 (the free concert was performed and taped on June 17, 1967).

23. She reprised her role as Fanny Brice in the 1968 film of Funny Girl and won the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe.

24. She played Dolly Levi in the 1969 movie musical, Hello, Dolly!

25. In 1969, she formed a production company, First Artists, with Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier. Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman later joined the company. Streisand made three films for First Artists - Up the Sandbox, A Star Is Born and The Main Event - and the company was sold in 1980.

26. She received the "Star of the Decade" award on the Tony Awards on April 19, 1970.

27. She played Daisy Gamble and Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees in the 1970 movie musical, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

28. She starred opposite George Segal in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970), in which she became one of the first female stars to say the word "fuck" in a feature film.

29. She sang "The Best Gift" on the CBS holiday special, A World of Love, on December 22, 1970.

30. She was a guest on the CBS television special, Singer Presents Burt Bacharach, on March 14, 1971

31. Her single of "Stoney End" from her 1971 album, Stoney End, went to #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

32. Her album, Live Concert at the Forum, was recorded on April 15, 1972, during a Four For McGovern benefit concert for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, which actor Warren Beatty organized. Carole King, James Taylor and Quincy Jones also performed, and celebrity ushers included Jack Nicholson, Julie Christie, Jacqueline Bisset, Shirley MacLaine and Goldie Hawn.

33. She played Judy Maxwell in the 1972 film, What's Up, Doc?

34. She starred in the 1972 film, Up the Sandbox.

35. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1973 film, The Way We Were.

36. She starred in her fifth CBS television special, Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments, on November 2, 1973.

37. She starred in the 1974 film, For Pete's Sake.

38. Her first interview with Barbara Walters was on the Today Show on February 21 & 22, 1975.

39. She reprised her role as Fanny Brice in the 1975 sequel, Funny Lady.

40. She starred in the ABC television special, From Funny Girl to Funny Lady, on March 9, 1975.

41. She received the first People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female Singer of the Year" in 1975.

42. She received a Grammy and her second Academy Award for "Best Original Song" for "Evergreen" from 1976's A Star Is Born. She also won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film.

43. She made a "publicity film" for her single, "My Heart Belongs to Me", from her 1977 album, Superman. It was shown at Columbia Records' 1977 convention to industry insiders.

44. She appeared on the cover of the October 1977 issue of Playboy magazine. She was also featured in an in-depth interview.

45. In 1978, she recorded with Neil Diamond the #1 hit, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", which they performed on the 1980 Grammy Awards (it was originally written for the 1977 Norman Lear sitcom, All That Glitters). Apparently Streisand and Diamond had planned to star in a film based on the song, but this project never happened after he chose to appear in The Jazz Singer (1980) instead.

46. She reunited with her What's Up, Doc? co-star, Ryan O'Neal, in the 1979 film, The Main Event.

47. She agreed to include the song, "(No More Tears) Enough Is Enough", on her 1979 Wet album after songwriter Paul Jabara added the introduction, "It's raining/It's pouring". She then recorded the duet with Donna Summer in August 1979.

48. She won a Grammy for "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group" for "Guilty", her duet with Barry Gibb that appeared on her 1980 album, Guilty.

49. She replaced Lisa Eichhorn in the 1981 film, All Night Long.

50. She became the first woman to win a "Best Director" Golden Globe for Yentl (1983), which she also produced, co-wrote and starred in.

51. She recorded a duet with Kim Carnes of "Make No Mistake, He's Mine", which appeared on her 1984 album, Emotion.

52. She won a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Female Vocal Performance" for her 1985 album, The Broadway Album.

53. She starred in the HBO television special, One Voice, on December 27, 1986 (the performance at her Malibu ranch was taped on September 6, 1986).

54. She starred in the 1987 drama, Nuts.

55. She made a silent cameo appearance on NBC's Miami Vice on March 18, 1988 (she was dating actor Don Johnson at the time).

56. She recorded a duet with Don Johnson of "Till I Loved You", which appeared on her 1988 album, Till I Loved You.

57. She was the producer, director and star of 1991's The Prince of Tides, which featured her son Jason Gould as her on-screen son.

58. She made a surprise appearance during a "Coffee Talk" sketch - featuring Mike Myers, Madonna and Roseanne Barr - on Saturday Night Live on February 22, 1992.

59. Stephen Sondheim wrote new lyrics to his song, "I'm Still Here", for Barbra to sing during her Las Vegas concerts on December 31, 1993, and January 1, 1994.

60. She briefly appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on June 28, 1994, to give him tickets to her New York concert at Madison Square Garden.

61. She won two Emmys in 1995 for "Outstanding Individual Performance" and "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special" for Barbra Streisand: The Concert, which aired on HBO on August 21, 1994.

62. She was the producer, director and star of 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces.

63. She married her second husband, actor James Brolin, on July 1, 1998. He and her first husband, Elliott Gould, starred in the 1978 film, Capricorn One.

64. She played Ben Stiller's mother, Roz Focker, in 2004's Meet the Fockers and 2010's Little Fockers.

65. She was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and the televised gala performance was taped on December 7, 2008.

66. On September 26, 2009, she performed a one-night-only show at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village.

67. My Passion for Design, her first book (as both author and photographer), was published in 2010.

68. On August 23, 2011, she released her 33rd studio album, What Matters Most, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

69. She played Seth Rogen's mother in the 2012 film, The Guilt Trip.

70. On February 24, 2013, she appeared on the 85th Annual Academy Awards to sing "The Way We Were" in tribute to her friend Marvin Hamlisch.

71. She and Shirley MacLaine celebrate their joint birthday together every year.


Anonymous said...

Love Love Love her!

joel65913 said...

Love Babs! Wish she would do more films even though I'm a little leery about the planned Gypsy. She should have done it twenty years ago, at 71 it's going to be a real stretch to buy her as the mother of toddlers & teens.

Looking at those pics from the 60's and how sensational she looked with that casual bob makes me hope that at some point she'll change back to it, the present flat poker straight look she sports now does her no favors.

Monrocsol said...

Barbra Streisand! That's talent.

Marc said...

Joel, I agree with you about "Gypsy".

Monrocsol, I agree with you as well.

Thanks for your comments, guys!