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Theatre: Funny Girl
Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter
Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade
—From the film's most famous number, "Don't Rain On My Parade"

A 1964 musical based on the life of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, Funny Girl was the breakthrough role of Barbra Streisand. In 1968, William Wyler directed the film version, also starring Streisand, who tied with Katherine Hepburn for the Best Actress Oscar. Basically, it chronicles the life of Brice from her humble beginnings to her meeting her future first husband (real-life second husband), poker player Nick Arnstein. She becomes famous in the Follies, but leaves to marry him. He eventually runs himself into financial ruin, and is busted for his part in a bonds scam.

A sequel to the film version, Funny Lady, was released in 1975. While the original film was met with critical acclaim, Funny Lady was widely panned, becoming one of the lowest rated movie musicals in history.

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Finian's RainbowFilms of the 1960sBlood Rites
Funny FaceThe MusicalA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Oliver!Academy AwardThe Lion in Winter

alternative title(s): Funny Girl; Funny Girl
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