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27 September 2018, 16:33 | Updated: 27 September 2018, 16:36
Today, Barbra Streisand released her new single ‘Don’t Lie To Me’. In celebration of her remarkable 60-year career, here’s everything you need to know about the actress and singer.
Barbra Streisand has one of the most recognisable voices in the music industry, over 24 movie credits and is the proud owner of two Academy Awards. Find out more about her in our fact gallery…
Barbara Joan ‘Barbra’ Streisand was born on 24 April 1942 in Williamsburg, New York City. She was born to Jewish parents: her mother Diana – who was a soprano singer in her youth but later became a school secretary – and her father Emanuel, a high school teacher.
Although Streisand always knew she had a strong singing voice, she longed to have an acting career. Since the 1970s, Streisand has starred in some of the most successful musical drama films to-date.
Her top-rated movies include A Star is Born (1976), The Way We Were (1973), What’s Up, Doc? (1972), Hello, Dolly! (1969), Funny Girl (1968) and Meet the Fockers (2004). Credited as an actress in 24 movies, she also has a further 84 soundtrack credits.
Barbra Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, and holds the impressive world record for the female artist with the most No. 1 albums. She has released several original songs but is best known for her Broadway covers, including ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and ‘Memory’ from Cats.
Streisand is also the voice behind one of the most popular 80s ballads: ‘Woman In Love’, for which Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees won the 1980 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
Barbra Streisand has been married to the American actor James Brolin, known for his role in the 1973 film Westworld, since 1998. She was previously married to Elliott Gould from 1963 to 1971.
Streisand has one son from her first marriage, Jason Gould, who appeared as her on-screen son in The Prince of Tides (1991). While Streisand has no children with her second husband, Brolin has two children from his previous marriage: actor Josh Brolin, and a child from his second marriage.
Barbra Streisand has a net worth of $400 million. In the July 2018 issue of Forbes, she appeared on their list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.
Streisand has been recognised with an impress accolade of awards, including a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, nine Golden Globes, five Emmys, a Special Tony Award and many more. Streisand is also in the exclusive EGOT club, having been honoured with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
Today (27 September), Barbra Streisand released 'Don't Lie To Me', a new single written and recorded by the singer from her new album Walls, due out on 2 November. Walls will be Streisand’s first album primarily consisting of original songs since 2005. Listen to 'Don’t Lie To Me' and pre-order Walls here.