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On her 76th birthday, here are 76 of the things I love about Miss Barbra Joan Streisand

Barbra Streisand 76?

It is somehow true that this multiple Oscar winner, Grammy winner and Emmy winner has reached this age today but doesn’t look it or act it. She is simply ageless.

Her many gifts are still intact and while she has given us so much over the years, we know there is still much more to come.

Here are 76 things I love about Barbra!

1. Her stupendous rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone at the 2001 Emmy Awards – just a short time after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

2. The belting out of My Man in Funny Girl. We believed every word.

3. She has a gay son! He’s the amazing singer Jason Gould.

4. The fabulous surprise cameo at the end of the Madonna/Rosanne Coffee Talk sketch on Saturday Night Live in 1992.

5. The dramatic surprise Grammy Awards duet of You Don’t Bring Me Flowers with Neil Diamond.

6.  The “Your girl is lovely Hubbel” line from the final scene in The Way We Were.

7.  Her dedication to raising awareness – and money – for women’s heart health.

8.  Support of LGBTI equality.

9. Her opening number from her comeback 1994 concert tour: As If We Never Said Goodbye from Sunset Boulevard.

10. The Broadway Album for which she won a Grammy.

11. Back to Broadway album.

12. Her house has its own basement mall and inspired the play Buyer & Cellar.

13. She’s married to handsome James Brolin.

14. Her stepson is handsome Josh Brolin.

15. Papa Can You Hear Me from Yentl.

16. The No More Tears (Enough is Enough) duet with Donna Summer.

17. The 1986 concert she had in her backyard in Malibu and made into album One Voice.

18. Guilty with Barry Gibb.

19. The Way We Were – the movie.

20. The Way We Were - the song.

21. What’s Up Doc? opposite Ryan O’Neal.

22. Glorious How Deep Is the Ocean duet with son Jason Gould.

23. The first words of her Oscar speech when she won for Funny Girl: ‘Hello, gorgeous!’

24. Evergreen.

25. The hiccups scene in The Owl and the Pussycat.

26. Somewhere from The Broadway Album.

27. The Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy duet with Judy Garland on The Judy Garland Show.

28. The lunch scene with Brenda Vacarro from The Mirror Has Two Faces and they split the salad and the hamburger in a nod to one of them no longer being heavy.  

29. Despite being too young for the role, she made Hello, Dolly! memorable.

30.  The My Name Is Barbra TV special.

31. The performance of People in Funny Girl.

32. The Higher Ground album.

33. The 2004 Inside the Actors Studio appearance.

34,  The scene in A Star is Born when she tells Kris Kristofferson’s character who she has just caught cheating: “You can trash your life but you’re not going to trash mine.”

35. The afro hairstyle from the 1976-80 period.

36. Her fingernails in The Prince of Tides.

37. The Tell Him duet with Celine Dion.

38. The tile underneath the throw rugs of her Malibu home matched the rugs (for when the rugs had to be sent out to be cleaned).

39. The moving scene with Lauren Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces when Streisand’s character asks her mother: ‘What was it like? To be beautiful.’ Bacall’s character admits: ‘It was wonderful.’

40. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)

41. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes from the Love is the Answer album.

42. The crazy scenes with Dustin Hoffman in Meet the Fockers.

43. Stoney End.

44. I’m the Greatest Star from Funny Girl.

45. Her Donald Trump Send in the Clowns parody.

46. If I Could from Higher Ground album.

47. 1967′s A Christmas Album.

48. The dramatic courtroom scenes in the movie Nuts.

49. The self-indulgent but irresistible My Passion for Design coffee table book.

50. A Piece of Sky from Yentl.

51. New York State of Mind from Superman album.

52. She took the second ‘r’ out of Barbara and declared herself ‘Barbra.’

53. How Lucky Can You Get from Funny Lady.

54. The Way He Makes Me Feel from Yentl.

55. Her taking on of the tabloids in the Don’t Believe What You Read on the Superman album.

56. 2010 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show when she had her microphone painted white behind Oprah’s back.

57. Prince of Tides.

58. She’s had number one albums in each decade dating back to the 1960s.

59. Second Hand Rose from Funny Girl.

60. Her Golden Globes speech.

61. Back to Brooklyn TV special.

62. The ‘Till  I Loved You duet with then-boyfriend Don Johnson.

63. The scene in Yentl when Mandy Patikin’s character discovers that his male friend Anshel is really a woman named Yentl.

64. As Time Goes By scene in What’s Up Doc?

65. Appearance on The Rosie O’Donnell Show in 1997 that had Rosie in tears.

66. The infamous 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace during which he makes her cry.

67. Joining Judy Garland and Ethel Merman to perform There’s No Business Like Show Business on The Judy Garland Show.

68. When she returned to her Broadway dressing room a few years ago.

69. The see-though pantsuit she wore to the Oscars the year she won for Funny Girl.

70. The most recent album: Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.

71. Her rant about her children in Up the Sandbox.

72. Movie comeback in The Guilt Trip opposite Seth Rogen.

73. Every moment of the Don’t Rain on My Parade number from Funny Girl.

74. What Kind of Fool duet with Barry Gibb from Guilty album.

75. The cover of the Superman album.

76. Her recent appearance on opening night of the Paleyfest TV Festival in Hollywood where she was candid and funny with interviewer Ryan Murphy. I was in the audience and loved every minute of it!

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8 Remarks

  1. Thanks a million for posting this Greg!

    What an amazing journey this magnificent woman has taken us on over the years. I first saw Funny Girl in the spring of 1969 on the big screen and it truly altered my life forever. I know there are many who do not “get” Barbra but for those of us who do it has been a fantastically magical ride for well over 50 years!

    Hopefully some young newbie fans will see your posting and discover the tremendous joy and wonderment of all things Barbra. She is truly one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived and the proof is in your post! It is all there.

  2. I don’t have a quibble with any of those items and thank you for the post. But what about her performance of “Since I Fell For You,” which many consider to be one of her best recordings ever? Maybe next year for #77!

  3. Amazing. Thank you.

  4. April 24th, 2018 at 10:00 am
    Bruce Reynolds says:

    I sae her in Funny Girl on Broadway 3 times, and these two songs should have been included in your list; 1. Coronet Man, 2. His Is The Only Music That Makes Me Dance

  5. April 24th, 2018 at 10:36 am
    K. Martinez says:

    I don’t follow the gay icons much, but Barbra Streisand is truly an enormous talent and I have always loved her music and films.

    Happy Birthday, Barbra Steisand!

  6. April 24th, 2018 at 2:45 pm
    Bruce Wayne says:

    While I won’t deny her Talent, having worked with her, it is a shame that she is such a Horrible Person.

  7. Re Bruce Wayne’s comment:

    Why not give us an overview of exactly what happened and why you feel the that way. You made a statement without support. I have no doubt that high profile celebrities like Barbra are perfectionists. She gives 200% and expects the same from those around her. Some people just come for a paycheck; that is not what the creative process is about. If Barbra expects those around her to go the extra mile then that is understandable. Does that make her a horrible person?
    I wonder…

  8. April 24th, 2018 at 7:37 pm
    Trippy Trellis says:

    My 5 favorite memories, in chronological order. The first time I saw her: in “The Garry Moore Show” singing “When the Sun Comes Out”. “He Touched Me”. “My Name Is Barbra” TV special. “Before the Parade Passes By” in “Hello, Dolly!”. “How Lucky Can You Get” in “Funny Lady”.

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