Award winning actress, director, producer, writer and singer Barbra Streisand will need to make more room in her trophy case when the Lincoln Center Film Society presents her with the Chaplin Award for her lifetime of film work as an actress, director, producer and writer. Streisand will receive the award in her hometown of New York on April 22 at the annual Chaplin Award gala.
Board chairman Ann Tenenbaum said, “the Board is very excited to have Barbra Strisand as the next recipient of The Chaplin Award. She is an artist whose long career of incomparable achievements is most powerfully expressed by the fact that her acclaimed 'Yentl' was such a milestone film." The Film Society said that Striesand is the first American female artist to be credited as the writer, director, and producer for a major feature motion picture.
Streisand will join previous Chaplin Award winners Charlie Chaplin, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, James Stewart, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Altman, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and Catherine Deneuve.
Before she receives the Chaplin Award, Streisand will sing at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Her Feb. 24 performance will be the first since her Academy Awards debut in 1977 when she performed the award winning song “Evergreen” from “A Star is Born”.
Last October Streisand released a new album “Release Me” that features eleven songs spanning her 50 plus year musical career. The songs on the album have never before been released.
Songs included on “Release Me” are:
“Being Good Isn't Good Enough”
“Willow Weep for Me”
“Try to Win a Friend”
“I Think It's Going to Rain Today”
“With One More Look at You”
“Lost in Wonderland”
“How are Thing in Clocca Morra?” and “Heather on the Hill”
“Mother and Child”
“If it's Mant ot Be”
Barbara Joan Streisand was born April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn. She got her professional music start after winning a singing contest in a local club and soon signed a record contract. She made her stage debut in “I Can Get it Wholesale for You”; a role for which she won an award. After playing the role of Fanny Brice in the stage production of “Funny Girl”, Streisand reprised the role in her film debut. She made her debut role as a film producer in “A Star is Born” and her directoral debut in the film she wrote, produced and starred in - “Yentl”.
Streisand's success has been limited to films and stage productions; she has had an album in the top five of the Billboard album charts in five consecutive decades. Of her 60 plus albums, 51 of them have been certified gold for selling at least 500,000 copies in the US alone, 30 of them went on to be cerified platinum for selling at least one million copies, and 18 of them have been certified multi platinum for selling at least two million albums.
Throughout her career Streisand has won eight Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, a Tony Award, a New York Drama Critics Award, eight Emmy Awards, Director's Guild Award, eleven Golden Globe Awards, the Cecil B DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a National Medal of Arts, a three Pabody Awards, the Legion of d'honneur from Frnace, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, National Medal of the Arts, Commander of the Order of arts and Letters from France, French Legion of Honour, and is a Kennedy Center Honour.