The entertainment icon, who has won an award in every medium, isn’t finished yet. At 75 years of age, she is still busy touring, performing at sold out concerts and setting new records. It is not every day that you get to see such legends in a live performance so get Barbra Streisand tickets to listen to her vibrant, powerful voice as she belts out her smash hits.
The legendary Barbra Streisand is one of the best-selling artists of all time. But that is not all that she is great at - it is only one of her many accolades. Barbra Streisand describes herself as “an actress who sings.” The gifted singer tried her luck in different mediums and ruled all of them from acting to direction and production. Not only did she prove her mettle in these fields but also won numerous awards. Streisand is regarded as one of the most successful personalities of show business, respected by everyone and looked up to by the younger generation as an inspiration.
The singer was born to a middle-class family. Her father passed away when she was one and her mother struggled to make ends meet before she remarried. Streisand describes her childhood as an unhappy one. She says that she felt lonely and rejected because of her looks, but always had a strong desire to make it big someday.
Right from the start Barbra Streisand had an interest in acting as well as singing. She always participated in the school choir. Even as a child she found appreciation from everyone for her strong voice. People would invite her to sing at their weddings and special functions. The attention she got for her singing made her crave for more and she became more and more interested in acting.
Even before she finished her high school she was taking acting classes. Streisand says that she always knew that she would be famous, but her mother was not supportive of her dreams. She wanted her to follow the footsteps of her father and be a teacher like him, but Streisand had more ambitious dreams and remained steadfast. She did not only aspire to be famous but worked hard to get there. The journey to stardom was not a smooth ride but definitely worth it.
Her confidence in pursuing her dreams is revealed in a statement in one of her interviews,
“I became an usher in the theater so I could see the play…I knew that I would be famous. Because I would hide my head so they wouldn’t see me at my face showing them to their seats ‘cause I thought, ‘You know, when I become famous, they’re gonna recognize me as the girl who showed them to their seats.”
In the pursuit of her ambitions, the singer didn’t attend college and instead moved to Manhattan where she participated in a talent show at a night club. The response she received was overwhelming. Soon she landed the job of a cabaret singer and became a known name at local clubs thanks to her powerful singing talent. People loved her voice and with time she worked on her stage presence. In between songs she would crack jokes and tell stories, which she found were taken very well by the audiences.
Streisand ventured into acting in 1962. She made her Broadway debut with I Can Get it For You Wholesale. It was a roaring success and the singer received a Tony nomination and New York Drama Critics Poll Award for Best Supporting Actress. The reviews were all positive for Broadway’s youngest new star who announced to the world with her performance that she had indeed arrived.
1962 was a good year for Streisand who signed with Columbia Records the same year. In 1963, she released her first solo album, The Barbra Streisand Album that became a Top 10 gold record and was a big commercial success. She got three Grammy Awards for it. Her next album The Second Barbra Streisand Album was another smash hit and was her first RIAA Gold Album. She received acclaim for it from both critics and fans.
With her rising popularity, she started making several appearances as guest on major TV Shows like The Tonight Show, The Garry Moore Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and many other popular shows. Soon she was a hit with television audience as well. By 1965 she had her own show with CBS titled, My Name is Barbra. Like everything she tried her hand at, she made it a success too. The show received five Emmy Awards. CBS was so happy with her that they gave Streisand a 10-year contract to produce and star in more TV specials.
Now the only medium left to be conquered by the multi-talented woman was movies. And it didn’t take her long to win hearts and make new fans in this medium as well. She made her big-screen debut in the movie version of Funny Girl in 1968 and landed with yet more awards including an Oscar for Best Actress. Turning everything into a hit had now become a habit for her.
In her celebrated career, the multi-talented woman has released so many successful albums, shows, musicals, movies and tours that it seems there is nothing in this world that she cannot do.
Awards and Accomplishments
Her list of impressive accomplishments is staggering and too long. The songstress is the top selling female artist of all time and has released dozens of gold and platinum albums. She is the only artist to have received honors from all major award institutions. She has the honor of being the female artist with most albums sold in the US. Barbra Streisand has been giving number one Billboard albums for the last six decades. She also has the second most gold album certifications after Elvis Presley and has fourth most number one albums. She was voted the 54th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly. Her contributions to the show business industry are unparalleled.
Barbra Streisand Tour Tickets
Even at 75, there’s no stopping Streisand. She is still not done and travelling to multiple cities with her latest tour. Her record breaking tours are a testament to the fact that she still has what it takes to put on an outstanding show. She is a true class act and her live shows are one to watch. Catch the evergreen songstress live with Barbra Streisand tour tickets while she is still on the road.