Funny Girl Overview:

Funny Girl (1968) was a Biographical - Comedy Film directed by William Wyler and produced by Ray Stark.

The film was based on the musical of the same name written by Isobel Lennart performed at the Winter Garden Theatre, NY & Majestic Theatre, NY & Broadway Theatre, NY from Mar 26, 1964 - Jul 1, 1967.

SYNOPSIS

Film debut for Streisand in a reprisal of her Broadway role as Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice in this highly fictionalized musical biopic. Brice, a poor Jewish girl from the Lower East Side, rose to fame and won audiences' hearts everywhere with her comic antics and powerful singing. Unfortunately, she had far less success in her personal life, and the film focuses on her doomed romance with her first husband, gambler Nicky Arnstein.

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Academy Awards 1968 --- Ceremony Number 41 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressBarbra StreisandWon
Best Supporting ActressKay MedfordNominated
Best CinematographyHarry StradlingNominated
Best Film EditingRobert Swink, Maury Winetrobe, William SandsNominated
Best Music - ScoringAdaptation score by Walter ScharfNominated
Best PictureRay Stark, ProducerNominated
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Funny Girl (1968)

By Beatrice on Feb 20, 2020 From Flickers in Time

Funny Girl Directed by William Wyler Written by Isobel Lennart based on her musical play 1968/US IMDb link Repeat viewing/YouTube rental What an absolutely unique voice and talent Barbra Streisand had! ?To top it off, William Wyler proves once again that he could direct in any genre. The story is ... Read full article


The Anti-Disney Marital Treatment: Funny Girl

By Judy on Jul 12, 2015 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

“Oh he was SO handsome,” said my mother-in-law when I mentioned Omar Sharif’s death. My mother did the same when she introduced him to me: his eyes, his style, his tall-dark-handsome persona. Despite his undeniable looks, that wasn’t the impression he left on me, not exactly.... Read full article


The Anti-Disney Marital Treatment: Funny Girl

By Judy on Jul 12, 2015 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

“Oh he was SO handsome,” said my mother-in-law when I mentioned Omar Sharif’s death. My mother did the same when she introduced him to me: his eyes, his style, his tall-dark-handsome persona. Despite his undeniable looks, that wasn’t the impression he left on me, not exactly.... Read full article


Funny Girl

By Alyson on Jul 31, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

Loosely based on the life of Fanny Brice, Funny Girl tells the story of the young Jewish girl?s rise to becoming the star of Zeigfeld?s Follies through her comedic talent, not necessarily her looks. ?When I say loosely, I mean the film takes a lot of liberties leaving out many events in Brice?s life... Read full article


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Quotes from

Fanny Brice: You think beautiful girls are going to stay in style forever? I should say not! Any minute now they're going to be out! Finished! Then it'll be my turn!


Nick Arnstein: Goodbye, Fanny.
Fanny Brice: Bye, Nick.
[song "My Man" follows]


Rose Brice: What kind of mother would name a boy Florence?
Eddie Ryan: It's Florenz-zzz
Rose Brice: What kind of mother would name a boy Florenz-zzzzzz?


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Facts about

The original Broadway production of "Funny Girl" opened at the Winter Garden Theater on March 26, 1964, ran for 1348 performances and was nominated for the 1964 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Score. Barbra Streisand and Kay Medford reprise their roles in the movie and were both nominated for Tony Awards.
Originally a musical on Broadway (03/1964 - 07/1967), based on the real life story of Fanny Brice.
Barbra Streisand was, at the time of the film's release, a voting member of AMPAS. When she found she was nominated, she, like any member nominated, voted for herself. If she hadn't, she wouldn't have tied with Katharine Hepburn for the year's Best Actress Oscar.
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