Hard to believe, but Barbra Streisand, one of America’s most remarkable and legendary musical divas, turns 70 today. Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, the iconic entertainer began her career as a New York nightclub singer in her teens, and soon thereafter was a sensation on Broadway, catapulting her career through regular appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Jack Paar.
As an actress and musician, she has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards, a Tony and Peabody Award, and was additionally recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. She has released 34 albums, selling more than140 million copies worldwide, and has appeared in 20 films.
Despite her endless list of hits and inspirational gift to the artistic community, Streisand told Oprah Winfrey in 2006 she rarely contemplates the indelible cultural mark she’s made on the world, nor does she expect her fame to last forever.
In an interview from her home in Malibu, the performer explained to Winfrey, “Every time I look out over that ocean and see the lights of the city at night, I am in awe. To have this house now feels like being 21 — like I've just made it on Broadway and I get to have all this. On one hand, you're talking about me as a legend. On the other hand, I remember trying to get an apartment on Park Avenue in the early '60s when I was a big star, and either because I was Jewish or an actress, I couldn't get in. I had letters from the mayor, the governor, the attorney general... And no matter how many sold-out shows I do, I also understand when my records don't sell as many copies anymore. I think, ‘Well, I've been around for what, 40-some years?’ I mean, it's the next person's turn. I could believe it if nobody came to see me.”
No one can sing like Babs, of course, but there have certainly been a few who’ve attempted. In honor of Streisand’s milestone anniversary, here are videos that have surfaced over the years of a handful of people covering the singer’s greatest hits, with a few famous faces thrown into the mix.
Some are better than others, some a bit quirky, but all were made in homage to the international superstar.
“The Way We Were”
“Woman in Love”
“Don’t Rain on My Parade” from “Funny Girl”
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