One of the most successful personalities in show business is celebrating her birthday today! Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 24th in 1942. She was raised in a middle-class family and grew up dreaming of becoming an actress. At Erasmus High School, she sang in the choir with schoolmate – Neil Diamond. Barbra debuted on Broadway in the 1962 musical-comedy “I Can Get It For You Wholesale”, and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1964 she starred in another Broadway smash, portraying legendary Broadway star Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl”. Columbia Pictures wanted to cast Shirley MacLaine as Fanny Brice in the movie version however, Ray Stark, who produced the show and was Brice’s son-in-law, and insisted on Barbra Streisand repeating her Broadway role. The show-stopper from Funny Girl was the song “People”, Barbra’s first big hit. Over her 54 year entertainment career, Barbra Streisand has contributed to the show business industry in a profound way. She has a one of the most powerful and recognizable voices in music. She’s vocal in other ways too. Her strong political belief in social justice is a hallmark of her professional and personal life. She’s a staunch Democrat, which has put her in the cross-hairs at times – particularly in the current political climate. She’s been honored for her humanitarian work and supports many causes through the Streisand Foundation.
Barbra Streisand and her second husband, actor James Brolin, whom she married on July 1st, 1998. Watch the video below and see Barbra working with actor/singer Jamie Fox. Listen to The Lounge tonight for a special 3-song Birthday spotlight tribute at 8 PM!
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