Barbra Streisand – Biography
Barbra Streisand, full name Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is the second daughter to parents Emanuel and Diana Streisand who originated from Austria. Streisand’s father died when she was only fifteen months old and due to great financial difficulties, Barbra Streisand took to the stage when she was only seven years old at Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn where she attended.
Inspiring to be an actress, Barbra Streisand became a nightclub singer instead while she was a teenager. Her acting dreams were fulfilled when she landed a role in a number of Off-Off-Broadway productions. One of them was Driftwood in 1959, with Joan Rivers, who was an unknown then.
In 1961, Streisand made her debut television appearance on The Tonight Show in 1961, which was hosted by Jack Paar. She sang Harold Arlen’s “A Sleepin’ Bee”. In 1961, Streisand made regular appearances on PM East/PM West, a talk/variety series.
In 1962, after appearing several times on PM East/PM West, Streisand stepped on Broadway, in the small but star-making role of Miss Marmelstein. Her first role was in the musical “I Can Get It for You Wholesale.” This was quickly followed by her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, which went on to garner two Grammy Awards in 1963.
With these initial success, Barbra Streisand was invited to appear in several episodes on the hugely popular The Tonight Show in 1962 and 1963. In 1964, Streisand returned to Broadway where she was highly acclaimed for her performance as entertainer Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Throughout her career, Streisand made a total of 50 highly successful studio albums with Columbia Records