Barbra Streisand: Facts And Stories About Hollywood's Do-It-All Prodigy

By | October 17, 2020

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Barbra Streisand in 'Funny Girl,' and 'The Owl and the Pussycat.' Source: IMDB

From her 1968 film debut Funny Girl through such major '70s hits as The Owl And The Pussycat, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born, Barbra Streisand became an elite movie star of the era, and that was just one side of her multifaceted career. She was also recording chart-topping albums and performing on her own acclaimed TV specials. How did Streisand, the anything-but-typical "nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn," become such an entertainment juggernaut?

That's Her Real Name, Almost

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Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tied for 1969 Oscars. (newstatesman)

Born Barbara Joan Streisand, the renaissance woman nurtured an absolute commitment to being true to herself, with the minor move of changing the spelling of her name to Barbra in order to stand out more. Thanks to her otherworldly talent, going from Barbara to Barbra wasn’t strictly necessary. Even from an early age, her talent was as plain as day.