Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American 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 defined the adult contemporary music genre during the 1960s and '70s and much of the '80s as well. She has won two Academy Awards, ten Grammys, four Emmys, an honorary Tonynote . 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 Funny Girl, a role she originated on Broadway, and for which she split a Best Actress Oscar with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter). She would later give noted performances in Hello, Dolly!, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Way We Were (opposite Robert Redford), the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born and Yentl (which she also produced and directed).
Has taken heat for the shape of her nose over the years such as from 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 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 Bill Clinton (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.