Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Barbra Streisand, the timeless American star

Photo: Barbra Streisand (1962), source: Library of Congress, New York, World Telegram & Sun Collection, Author: Al Ravenna, World Telegram staff photographer (Public Domain photo: No copyright restriction known. Staff photographer reproduction rights transferred to Library of Congress through Instrument of Gift.)

Barbra Streisand, born Barbara Joan Streisand on April 24, 1942, is an American singer, actress, director and songwriter, who has won two Academy Awards, nine Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, an American Film Institute award, a Special Tony Award and a Peabody Award. She has been credited with more than 71.5 million music albums sold in USA and 140 million albums sold worldwide. Along with Frank Sinatra, Cher, Jamie Foxx and Shirley Jones, she shares the distinction of being awarded an acting Oscar and also recording a number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Streisand holds the record for the most top ten albums for any female recording artist with a total of 31 to her credit since 1963. With her 2009 album, “Love Is the Answer”, she became the only artist to achieve number-one albums in five consecutive decades. According to the RIAA, she has released 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 13 Multi-Platinum albums in USA.

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