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Her mother had been a soprano singer in her youth and considered a career in music, but later became a school secretary. As a student, he spent his summers outdoors, once working as a lifeguard and another hitchhiking through Canada. That session was the first time Streisand ever asserted herself as an artist, which also became her "first moment of inspiration" as an artist.

Roslyn is nine years younger than Streisand. There, she was considered to be bright and extremely inquisitive about everything; however, she lacked discipline, often shouting answers to questions out of turn.

Watching the glamorous stars on the screen, she was soon entranced by acting and now hoped someday to become an actress, partly as a means of escape: You know, get out of Brooklyn. With the other kids she remembers sitting on the stoop in front of their apartment building and singing: She would often practice her singing in the hallway of her apartment building which gave her voice an echoing quality.

Young Streisand was invited to sing at weddings and summer camp, along with having an unsuccessful audition at MGM records when she was nine. By the time she was thirteen, her mother began supporting her talent, helping her make a four-song demo tape, including "Zing! That desire was made stronger when she saw her first Broadway play, The Diary of Anne Frank, when she was fourteen. The star in the play was Susan Strasberg , whose acting she wanted to emulate if ever given the chance.

In addition, she began reading novels and plays, including some by Shakespeare and Ibsen, and also on her own, studied the acting theories of Konstantin Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.

She also joined the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, where she sang with another choir member and classmate, Neil Diamond.

We hung out in the front of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes. That small part was followed by a role as the kid sister in Picnic and one as a vamp in Desk Set. To that end, in her second year, she took a night job at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village helping backstage. When she was a senior, she rehearsed for a small part in Driftwood, a play staged in a midtown attic space. She therefore took various menial jobs to have some income. At one period, she lacked a permanent address, and found herself sleeping at the home of friends or anywhere else she could set up the army cot she carried around to save on rent expense.

During the run of the play, she heard that the casting director was auditioning for more singers, and it marked the first time she sang in pursuit of a job.

She asked her boyfriend, Barry Dennen , to tape her singing, copies of which she could then give out to possible employers. Dennen had acted with her briefly in an off-Broadway play, but had no reason to think she had any talent as a singer, and she never mentioned it.

Nevertheless, he agreed and found a guitarist to accompany her: We spent the afternoon taping, and the moment I heard the first playback I went insane. She performed two songs, after which there was a "stunned silence" from the audience, followed by "thunderous applause" when she was pronounced the winner.

It became her first professional engagement, in September , where she was the opening act for comedian Phyllis Diller. She recalls it was the first time she had been in that kind of upscale environment: His effort made a difference in her developing style as she gained new respect for the art of popular singing.

She also realized she could still become an actress by first gaining recognition as a singer. Feeling more self-confident, she improved her stage presence when speaking to the audience between songs. She discovered that her Brooklyn-bred style of humor was received quite favorably.

Her conversational ability to charm an audience with spontaneous humor during performances became more sophisticated and professional. She is 20 years old, she has a three-octave promiscuity of range, she packs more personal dynamic power than anybody I can recall since Libby Holman or Helen Morgan.

When Streisand cries you a river, you got a river, Sam The show received terrible reviews and closed the next day. With the help of her new personal manager, Martin Erlichman , she had successful shows in Detroit and St. Erlichman then booked her at an even more upscale nightclub in Manhattan, Blue Angel, where she became a bigger hit during the period of to Streisand once told Jimmy Fallon , whom she sang a duet with, [41] on the Tonight Show , that Erlichman was a "fantastic manager" and still managed her career after 50 years.

She got the part of secretary to the lead actor businessman, played by then unknown Elliott Gould. The show opened on March 22, , at the Shubert Theater , and received rave reviews. Her performance "stopped the show cold," wrote Nickens, [25]: She was seen during an April episode on which Orson Bean substituted for Paar.

Her sad, slow version of the s upbeat Democratic Party theme song became her signature song during this early phase of her career. He described her as an "exciting new singer. She was later a cohost on the Mike Douglas Show , and also made an impact on a number of Bob Hope specials. Performing with her on the Ed Sullivan Show was Liberace who became an instant fan of the young singer.

Liberace is credited with introducing Barbra to Western American audiences. With her career and popularity rising so quickly, she saw her marriage to Gould as a "stabilizing influence. Streisand received an honorary "Star of the Decade" Tony Award in From to she appeared in her first four solo television specials.

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Starting in , she began attempting more contemporary material, but like many talented singers of the day, she found herself out of her element with rock. Her vocal talents prevailed, and she gained newfound success with the pop and ballad-oriented Richard Perry -produced album Stoney End in The title track , written by Laura Nyro , was a major hit for Streisand.

As the s ended, Streisand was named the most successful female singer in the U. The album contained the hits " Woman in Love " which spent several weeks on top of the pop charts in the fall of , " Guilty ", and " What Kind of Fool ".

The album featured tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein , George Gershwin , Jerome Kern , and Stephen Sondheim , who was persuaded to rework some of his songs especially for this recording. The Broadway Album was met with acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for album of the year and handed Streisand her eighth Grammy as Best Female Vocalist.

After releasing the live album One Voice in , Streisand was set to release another album of Broadway songs in Streisand was not happy with the direction of the project and it was scrapped. At the beginning of the s, Streisand started focusing on her film directorial efforts and became almost inactive in the recording studio.

In , a four-disc box set, Just for the Record, was released. A appearance at an APLA benefit as well as the aforementioned inaugural performance hinted that Streisand was becoming more receptive to the idea of live performances.

A tour was suggested, though Streisand would not immediately commit to it, citing her well-known stage fright as well as security concerns. During this time, Streisand finally returned to the recording studio and released Back to Broadway in June The album was not as universally lauded as its predecessor, but it did debut at No. Tickets for the tour were sold out in under an hour.

Streisand also appeared on the covers of major magazines in anticipation of what Time magazine named "The Music Event of the Century". The tour was one of the biggest all-media merchandise parlays in history. It reached 8 on the Billboard Hot , and was her first significant hit in almost a decade and her first top 10 hit on the Hot and first gold single since The album received generally favorable reviews and once again debuted at No.

Following her marriage to Brolin in , Streisand recorded an album of love songs entitled A Love Like Ours the following year. Reviews were mixed, with many critics complaining about the somewhat syrupy sentiments and overly-lush arrangements; however, it did produce a modest hit for Streisand in the country-tinged "If You Ever Leave Me", a duet with Vince Gill.

A two-disc live album of the concert entitled Timeless: Live in Concert was released in Streisand performed versions of the Timeless concert in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, in early In advance of four concerts two each in Los Angeles and New York in September , Streisand announced that she was retiring from playing public concerts.

Her performance of the song " People " was broadcast on the Internet via America Online. In September , the pair filmed a live performance of the song for a special directed by Rob Marshall entitled Tony Bennett: In , Streisand announced her intent to tour again, in an effort to raise money and awareness for multiple issues. Special guests Il Divo were interwoven throughout the show. The show was known as Streisand: She set the third-place record for her show of October 9, at Madison Square Garden, the first- and second-place records, of which are held by her two shows in September She set the second-place record at MGM Grand Garden Arena with her December 31, , show being the house record and highest-grossing concert of all time.

In February , Forbes listed Streisand as the No. This album debuted at No. On February 1, , Streisand joined over eighty other artists in recording a new version of the charity single " We Are the World ". Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie planned to release the new version to mark the 25th anniversary of its original recording.

These plans changed, however, in view of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, , and on February 12, the song, now called " We Are the World 25 for Haiti ", made its debut as a charity single to support relief aid for the island nation.

The concert included musical tributes by Streisand to Donna Summer and Marvin Hamlisch , both of whom had died earlier in Streisand is one of many singers who use teleprompters during their live performances.

Streisand has defended her choice in using teleprompters to display lyrics and, sometimes, banter. This album topped the Billboard with sales of , copies in the first week, making Streisand the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades.


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