->''"I've been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good."''

Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is a female singer and actress.

She has had an astonishing ''thirty-three albums'' hit the Top Ten, ten of which went Number One, and is the only singer in history to have a Number One album in six consecutive decades, beginning with ''People'' in 1964 and, as of now, ending with ''Encore!'' in 2016. She has won two [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Awards]], ten [[UsefulNotes/GrammyAward Grammys]], four Emmys, an honorary Tony[[note]]which makes her one of only thirteen people to have pulled off an "EGOT" -- winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony -- though the honorary status of her Tony means that her position in that club is debatable[[/note]]. and a Peabody, was the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director, was a Kennedy Center Honors honoree and won AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Streisand made her film debut as Fanny Brice in ''Theatre/FunnyGirl'', for which she split a Best Actress Oscar with Creator/KatharineHepburn (''Film/TheLionInWinter''). She would later give noted performances in ''Theatre/HelloDolly'', ''Theatre/OnAClearDayYouCanSeeForever'', ''Film/TheWayWeWere'' (opposite Creator/RobertRedford) and ''Film/{{Yentl}}'' (which she also produced and directed).

Oh, yes, she's a director as well. Other directing credits include ''Film/TheMirrorHasTwoFaces'' and ''Film/ThePrinceOfTides''.

Has taken heat for the shape of her nose over the years such as from ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers New York Times]]'' critic John Simon, who has been waging war on the singer's nose since the 1970s. To her credit, Ms. Streisand refused to undergo cosmetic surgery early in her career, though admittedly not out of a high moral principle; she once famously credited her unique voice to a deviated septum. "If I ever had my nose fixed, it would ruin my career." Barbra's nose was referenced on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', where Kurt uses it to talk Rachel (who is a fan of Streisand) out of getting a nose job.

She is also a noted political activist, and was very close friends with former President UsefulNotes/BillClinton (whom she introduced at his first inauguration) and his mother Virginia Dwyer, whom she called at least once a week from when they met to Dwyer's death. She is a famous (or infamous) supporter of liberal causes large and small and is noted for her strong stances on feminism and gay marriage, among other issues.

Although the population as a whole either loves her or despises her, she is a pop culture icon and one of the most important celebrities in the past fifty years of American history.

Her music is often referenced in media as being [[LGBTFanbase favored by gay men]] -- expect any man listening to or asking for a song by her to [[AmbiguouslyGay have their sexuality questioned]].

TropeNamer for the StreisandEffect, after her failed attempt to censor a picture of her house which was posted online by the California Coastal Records Project.