Barbra Streisand turns 80 the diva ‘loved’ by Prince Charles

Barbra Streisand (New York, April 24, 1942), Jewish origins, grandparents escaped from the Russian diaspora, singer, actress, composer, director, film producer, considered one of the most versatile and eclectic actresses on the international scene, turns 80. Two Academy Awards and 10 Grammy Awards, 5 Emmy Awards and 1 Tony Special Award, 11 Golden Globes alongside prestigious awards (American Film Institute, Kennedy Center Honors). A book full of triumphs, her own for a long-lived and exciting career that saw her perform, among other things, in October 2012 with the three young tenors of Il Volo at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Streisand has sold 154 million records worldwide. Her voice with its powerful timbre and strong interpretative intensity, a predilection for little-known authors and composers, such as Harold Arlen, make her unique within a musical landscape where the Beatles and rock and roll were depopulated. Idol and Broadway star (‘I Can Get It for You Wholesale’, ‘Funny Girl’,) the great performer is wooed by television (her duets with Judy Garland are unforgettable) and by cinema (‘But daddy sends you alone ?, ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘The Way We Were’, ‘Funny Lady’, ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Yentl’, ‘The Prince of the Tides’), however, remains an extraordinary pop voice with over 60 albums produced in more than 50 years of career, a series of evergreens such as’ The Way We Were ‘and’ Woman in Love ‘and illustrious collaborations with artists such as Paulinho da Costa, David Foster, David Geffen, Sydney Pollack and Stevie Wonder with whom he publishes’ The Broadway Album ‘(first position for three weeks on the Billboard 200 and 4 platinum). The heir to the throne of England, Prince Charles, met her 47 years ago on the set of the musical’ Funny Lady ‘and in a recent telephone interview, she confessed to “never having forgotten her singular vitality, her voice, her talent as an actress”. There was much talk of that encounter that Barbra Streisand tempered with her proverbial irony. “If I had played my cards right – she said – I would have become a princess”. A convinced supporter of the Democratic Party, Barbra Streisand, at the head of a Foundation that deals with human rights and civil liberties, but also with the preservation of the environment, has never hidden her political sympathies. In the garden of her Malibu house, on September 6, 1986, she organized a fundraiser for Democratic candidates before the elections. There were 500 guests and each one paid 5 thousand dollars for the dinner. You naturally continue your career as an extraordinary performer. In 2002 he published ‘Duets’, a collection of duets that boasts 18 illustrious collaborations including, CĂ©line Dion and a few years later she returns to sing at the Oscars ceremony (February 24, 2013) bringing ‘The Way We Were’ to the stage to commemorate the his friend and composer Marvin Hamlisch. Her latest work, entitled ‘Release me 2’, is branded 2021, released in full pandemic. Among the adventure companions of a very long and bright career are actors, directors, producers including Robert Redford, Ryan O’Neal, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen. Three official husbands, a son Jason, born in 1967, Barbra Streisand has never hidden her passion for Italian cinema for Anna Magnani, Mariangela Melato and Monica Vitti. The most important place of her in her heart, however, always occupies Billie Holiday, an excellent singer in the Olympus of the golden age of jazz.