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"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."
— "Don't Rain On My Parade"

This 1964 musical, based on the life of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, was the breakthrough role for Barbra Streisand. In 1968, William Wyler directed the film version, also starring Streisand, who tied with Katharine Hepburn for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Set in New York in the 1910s and '20s, Funny Girl chronicles the life of Brice from her humble beginnings to her meeting her future first husband (real-life second husband), poker player Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). 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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