Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

[June 8, 2005] Manager Martin Erlichman announced 2006 20 City Fall Charity Tour.

Mary Martin, Anne Bancroft and Carol Burnett were all considered for the Broadway role of Fanny Brice before Barbra nabbed it. Singer Eydie Gormé was also considered but balked when they would not cast husband Steve Lawrence as Nicky Arnstein.

3 December 2003 - Her invasion-of-privacy suit over aerial photos taken of her Malibu home and shown on a web site dedicated to the California coastline was thrown out of court by a California judge. She claimed it would encourage stalkers.

Announced engagement to James Brolin. [May 1997]

Artist with Grammy nominations in the most categories -- 9.

Artist with longest career between top-20 hits on the Billboard pop music charts (32 years, 7 months between "People" [debuted 4 April 1964] and "I Finally Found Someone" [debuted 23 November 1996]).

Attended Bais Yakov School in Brooklyn, New York as a child.

Born at 5:08 AM EST

Both of her husbands, Elliott Gould and James Brolin, starred in Capricorn One (1977).

Columbia wanted to cast Shirley MacLaine as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968). However Ray Stark, who produced the Broadway show and was Brice's son-in-law, insisted on Streisand repeating her Broadway role. Several co-stars later publicly blasted Streisand and director William Wyler for much of their scenes being cut in favor of focusing almost entirely on Streisand. Columbia were considering Frank Sinatra for the role of Nicky Arnstein, which she vetoed as she didn't like him. The final musical number, "My Man", was filmed "live" both to maximize Streisand's dramatic rendition and because she hated the lip-syncing process. At the time of the film's release, she was also a voting member of AMPAS.

Daughter of Diana Rosen and Emmanuel Streisand.

Directed 4 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Amy Irving, Nick Nolte, Kate Nelligan and Lauren Bacall.

Discovered that she was pregnant with her son Jason Gould when she was starring in the London production of "Funny Girl".

During the filming of Hello, Dolly! (1969), Barbra and co-star Walter Matthau fought bitterly. He disliked her so intensely that he refused to be around her except when required to do so by the script. He is famously quoted as telling Barbra that she "had no more talent than a butterfly's fart". Interestingly, he is clearly seen in the audience at Barbra's One Voice (1986) (TV) concert at her Malibu ranch, where invitation-only guests paid $5,000 per couple to help establish the Streisand Foundation, which supports numerous charitable organizations. Apparently, he did not hold grudges.

Female artist with most albums sold in U.S.

Fifth top Billboard-charting artist {#1: Elvis Presley}.

Film output toned down considerably after The Main Event (1979). She's only acted in six films since.

First woman since the silent era to direct, produce, write and star in a feature film; she also sings (Yentl (1983)).

Fourth most number 1 albums (8) {#1: The Beatles}.

Fourth most top 10 albums (26) {#1: Frank Sinatra}.