She acknowledged the power of protests against gender inequality sweeping through Hollywood and society. But it was the late TV journalist Mike Wallace who came in for the sharpest criticism.
Streisand said he asked her hurtful questions during a TV interview and she called him afterward to complain. Streisand also is known for her political activism on behalf of Democratic candidates and issues including gay rights. Postmedia is pleased to bring you a new commenting experience. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful.
Visit our community guidelines for more information. During a Friday, March 16, tribute to her decades of TV music specials and other programs, Streisand said she's never suffered sexual harassment but has felt abused by the media. Barwood Films has continued to place great emphasis on producing dramatic television explorations of pressing social, historical and political issues. Rescuers: Stories of Courage , a highly acclaimed series of 6 two-part dramas on Showtime, in and , pays tribute to non-Jews who heroically saved Jews from the Holocaust.
It chronicled the true story of Carolyn McCarthy, a wife and mother who surmounted tragedy to win a seat in Congress after initiating a crusade to achieve sensible gun control laws. Since her return to the concert stage on December 31, , Barbra Streisand has since set a long list of attendance records. Those twenty-six appearances were her first paid concerts in nearly three decades, all intervening concerts since had been fund-raisers for various social or political causes.
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Over 5 million phone requests were recorded in the first hour when tickets for the first American leg of the tour went on sale. Her two-night Madison Square Garden engagement in September , and two preceding Los Angeles live appearances at Staples Center, also were record-setting successes.
Similarly her second national concert tour in the Fall of , received rave reviews and broke the house records in all 16 of the cities in which she had not already set the venue record. The tour, Streisand — Live In Concert , was recorded in three sites, also became a top-selling album release.
A designated portion of the proceeds were again directed to charities through The Streisand Foundation. Barbra Streisand: The Concert , became a quadruple-platinum home video as well as a triple-platinum 2-CD release exceptionally rare for a multi-disc set. Her father, who passed away when Barbra was 15 months old, was a highly respected teacher and scholar.
She developed a devout and growing following at different clubs which began hiring her, and was soon attracting music industry attention at such night spots as the Bon Soir and the Blue Angel. When the curtain came down at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 26, , Streisand had become a certified superstar. Her distinctly original musical-comedy performance won her a second Tony award nomination.
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The contract gave her complete artistic control, an unheard of concession to an artist so young and new to the medium. The first special, My Name Is Barbra , earned 5 Emmy Awards, and the following 5 shows, including the memorable Color Me Barbra , earned the highest critical praise and audience ratings. London critics voted her the Best Female lead in a Musical for that season.
After appearing in the films Hello, Dolly! It was the premiere picture for her own production company, Barwood Films. A Star Is Born , released in , was the first movie to benefit from her energy and insight as a producer and won six Golden Globes. The soundtrack album topped the charts and has been certified quadruple-platinum.
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However, it took 15 years of development and persistence before the dream came true. Yentl , a romantic drama with music, is about a courageous woman who discovers that nothing is impossible in matters of the heart and mind. It is a movie that celebrates women trying to fulfill their capabilities, not allowing traditional restrictions to deter them.
The 10 Golden Globes she has received throughout her career are the most achieved by any entertainment artist. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
Her follow-up film to Yentl was Nuts , the unusual story of a smart woman shaped into an angry, anti-social character because of her childhood experiences. In addition to starring, Streisand produced and wrote the music for the powerful drama released in Her second creation as a film director, The Prince of Tides, concerning the consequences of childhood traumas by exploring family relationships, achieved 7 Academy Award nominations and a nomination for her direction from the Directors Guild of America, making her only the third woman ever so honored.
I honor the great teachers and they live in my work and they dance invisibly in the margins of my prose. Pat Conroy.
It quickly became the highest grossing live-action comedy film ever, the first to earn more that a half billion dollars. The DVD had similar success, selling three million copies in its first 24 hours. Her environmental dedication is also reflected in her donation to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy of the five-home, acre Malibu estate on which her One Voice concert had been performed. The site has been dedicated as a center for ecological studies.
Eleven million dollars from the US and Canada tour were distributed by The Streisand Foundation for charitable causes. Kennedy School of Government.
The address won unprecedented reportage and reproduction in such print media as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Taped on Sept. The money raised that night helped elect five Democratic Senators, which restored a Democratic majority in the Senate. Additionally, she headlined concerts which raised millions of dollars for each of the successful presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton. Her celebrated speech in support of the Gore candidacy later was played in substantial excerpts on several national television broadcasts.