- NAME: Barbra Streisand
- OCCUPATION: Actress, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: April 24, 1942 (Age: 71)
- Did You Know?: Barbra Streisand is one of only 14 people to have received the four major entertainment honors—Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.
- EDUCATION: Bais Yakov School, Erasmus Hall High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brooklyn, New York
- AKA: Barbra Streisand
- Full Name: Barbra Joan Streisand
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Barbra Streisand is the highest-selling female recording artist of all time, and has won awards and acclaim in every medium that she's worked in.
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Barbra Streisand was born in 1942 in Brooklyn. Her Broadway debut led to a recording contract and a long series of gold records. Over her career she has mastered nearly every form of entertainment.
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Canadian singer Celine Dion had recorded nine French albums and won numerous awards by the time she was 18. Her album "Falling into You" won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1997.
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Streisand married for a second time on July 1, 1998, to actor James Brolin. Following their marriage, Streisand recorded an album of love songs entitled A Love Like Ours (1999). The collection featured the hit duet, "If You Ever Leave Me," with Vince Gill.
The statistics of Barbra Streisand's achievements are staggering. She is credited for creating dozens of gold- and platinum-selling albums,
and is regarded as the top-selling female artist of all time. Streisand has had No. 1 albums in each of the last four decades—the greatest longevity for any solo recording artist. She is second in the all-time charts, ahead of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and exceeded by only Elvis Presley.
Streisand has sold more than 70 million records worldwide, and is the only artist to have earned honors from all the major award institutions, including two Oscar Awards, one Tony Award, five Emmys, 10 Grammys, 10 Golden Globes, a CableAce Award, the University of Georgia's George Foster Peabody Award and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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