Barbra Streisand, who changed her first name from Barbara to Barbra; is a very popular American singer and songwriter, who has enthralled several generations in her career which spans more than six decades. She has also been a successful actress and filmmaker. She is among a rare group of entertainers who have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, and one of the two who has also won a Peabody award.
Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artists of all time, with more than 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide. She is the only singer to have a #1 album for each of the last six decades. She has 53 gold albums, 31 platinum albums, and 14 multi-platinum albums to her credit. You may explore in details below the life, career and the net worth of Barbra Streisand in 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in New York to a Jewish family. Streisand had her school education in Brooklyn at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva and Public School 89. During her school days, she watched movies and dreamt of becoming an actress and also practiced singing.
She sang at school, summer camps and weddings. In 1955, she attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, where she sang with her classmate Neil Diamond. She began making appearances in small roles in stage plays. She also began working backstage at Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.
After graduating in 1959, she began looking for work in the New York City stage circles. Barbra Streisand faced a tough time looking for stage roles and lived like a homeless. During her job at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, she was encouraged to look for a singing career as well, after she auditioned as a singer. Her singing was liked by a nightclub in Manhattan, and she began singing at the club for several weeks. This was the beginning of her glorious career.
Barbra Streisand spent an underprivileged childhood when her father died, and she was brought up by her mother under adverse economic circumstances. Barbra had an older brother, Sheldon, and a nine years younger half-sister, the singer Roslyn Kind. Streisand was married to her first husband, actor Elliott Gould, from 1963 until 1971. They had a son, Jason Gould. She married actor James Brolin in 1998 and celebrated 20 Years of their marriage on July 02, 2018. Streisand loves dogs and has had her dog Samantha cloned.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Streisand began her professional as a singer after she signed up with the Bon Soir nightclub in September 1960. In 1962 she appeared at the Shubert Theater and soon became Broadway’s most exciting and youngest new star. She made her television debut on The Tonight Show. She later became a regular on a talk and variety series on television. In 1962 and 1963, she appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and became a favorite TV celebrity. She made a number of appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and also became a co-host.
In 1963, her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album was released, which ranked in the top 10 on the Billboard chart and won three Grammy Awards. She became the best-selling female vocalist. Her next, The Second Barbra Streisand Album, was equally successful. She performed several concerts in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, San Jose, Chicago, and Sacramento.
During 1865 to 1968, she appeared in London’s West End theatre and also did her solo television specials. In 1970, was awarded an honorary “Star of the Decade Tony Award for her Broadway theatre contributions.
During the 1970s she was very popular with her with Top 10 recordings, some of which were, The Way We Were which was US #1; No More Tears with Donna Summer; You Don’t Bring Me Flowers with Neil Diamond; and many more. She was the most successful female singer and behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
In 1980, her best-selling album was released, Guilty, which contained hits like Woman in Love, and What Kind of Fool. In 1985, her The Broadway Album was so successful that it is certified quadruple platinum and gave Streisand her eighth Grammy as Best Female Vocalist.
She has also starred in several films such as the critically acclaimed film Funny Girl and won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Some of her other films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born which gave her a second Academy Award. Streisand was the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film, Yentl in 1983, for which she received an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical and the first and only woman to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Director
She has won 10 Grammy Awards which includes the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award. She has also won 2 Academy Awards, 5 Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, 4 Peabody Awards, 9 Golden Globes, and many more wards.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Barbra Streisand has been the most popular female singer and celebrity, having sold 200 million copies worldwide. She has also earned from her successful tours, shows, and concerts. The tickets to her concert are sold out within hours.
She has also featured in several TV shows and has acted in films. During her peak of 1968-1980, she has been one of the top highest-earning singers and entertainers. She has her film production company Barwood Films which she started in 1972, and has made several successful films.
She also has an oceanfront, cliff-top mansion worth $200 million in Malibu which was in the news. Her net worth is estimated to be more than $450 millions.
Barbra Streisand made it very big from a humble beginning. Her parents worked at the school, and her father died when she was one year old. Her mother toiled hard to support her. Yet with her sheer diligence, discipline, and doggedness, she pursued her dream of becoming an actor and singer. She has more than succeeded in what she set to achieve and has blazed a trail of inspiration exhorting people to follow their dreams. Barbra Streisand is not just a celebrity singer and actor, but an inspiration.