One of the world’s most popular singers, an award-winning, versatile actress of stage, feature film, and television, a distinguished filmmaker, and a major producer, Barbra Streisand reigns as the grande dame of American entertainment. Raised in a middle-class Brooklyn household, the daughter of a high school teacher father who died when Streisand was a baby, and a mother who dreamed of the stage, she graduated from high school two years ahead of her classmates. As a young woman, Streisand attended acting classes and worked various odd jobs and in nightclubs, until she won a Greenwich Village talent contest. She landed her first major acting job in the 1962 Broadway musical I Can Get It for Your Wholesale and stole the show with her portrayal of frowsy secretary Miss Marmelstein. The 21-year-old subsequently debuted on Judy Garland’s television show, opposite Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli and Broadway institution Ethel Merman. Streisand’s powerful, clear soprano, charisma, and unusual… read more
Let it be noted that I am a fan of Barbra's music and acting, but not necessarily her attempts at directing. I certainly didn't know she was one until just now and would prefer if she came up on my profile as one of my favorite actors, not directors.