Director/actress/singer/writer/composer/producer/designer/author/photographer/activist/ philanthropist BARBRA STREISAND (Joyce Brewster) is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France’s Legion d’Honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is, in fact, the recipient of 2 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 10 Grammys and 12 Golden Globes. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
She won Oscars for both Best Actress (FUNNY GIRL) and Best Original Song (for her composition of “Evergreen" which has since become a standard). She also was nominated for Best Actress for THE WAY WE WERE. The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations.
Barbra Streisand is the only recording artist to have number one albums in five consecutive decades. Her 51 gold albums, 30 platinum and 18 multi-platinum each of which, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, exceeds all other female singers. With the debut at #1 of her “Love is the Answer" album, her 9th record to reach that top spot, the time-span between her first and most recent Number One albums, exceeding that of any other performer, is now 46 years. Her 2011 album, “What Matters Most," was her 31st to reach the Top Ten in the ratings charts, with which she passed The Beatles to become the third highest achiever in that significant statistic, exceeded only by the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra. Her most recent album, “Release Me," also achieved top ten sales status, her sixth straight to do so, and her 32nd such chartings now places her only one behind Frank Sinatra’s total. She is the only female among the top ten album-selling recording artists.
Her activism and philanthropic pursuits are just as impressive. The Streisand Foundation has given millions of dollars in more than 2100 grants to over 700 non-profit organizations including her substantial underwriting of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Powered by her raising over $22 million, $10 million of which being her personal donation, the cardiovascular research and education program addresses the leading cause of death among women in the United States. The legendary artist also has raised many millions more for a variety of causes through her performances.