An iconic entertainer with over 70 million albums sold and Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe awards for acting and directing, Barbra Streisand’s popularity and creative output has spanned over six decades. The New York cabaret singer first hit big as a pop singer and Broadway star in the 1960s. On film, Streisand won over audiences in Funny Girl (1968) and What’s Up, Doc? (1974), prior to taking on the role of acclaimed film producer and director. Her directorial debut, Yentl (1983), was a labor of love adaptation of the Isaac Bashevis Singer short story. The film was a box office success and Streisand was honored with a Golden Globe for Best Director.
Streisand returnED to the director’s chair to helm The Prince of Tides (1991), based on Pat Conroy’s best-selling novel. Attracted by stories of personal growth and overcoming odds, Streisand’s adaptation dealt with overcoming childhood trauma and difficult family relationships, with Streisand herself starring as a sympathetic psychiatrist opposite Nick Nolte. The film received seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and Streisand was also nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe.