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After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade.
She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with more than 68.5 million albums in the U. and with a total of 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide The RIAA and Billboard recognize Streisand as holding the record for the most top 10 albums of any female recording artist: a total of 34 since 1963.
According to Billboard, Streisand holds the record for the female with the most number one albums (11).
To that end, in her second year, she took a night job at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village helping backstage.
When she was a senior, she rehearsed for a small part in Driftwood, a play staged in a midtown attic space. She graduated, aged 16, from Erasmus Hall in January 1959, and despite her mother's pleas that she stay out of show business, she immediately set out trying to get roles on the New York City stage.
Her mother had been a soprano singer in her youth and considered a career in music, but later became a school secretary.
In a career spanning six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with two Academy Awards, She is among a small group of entertainers who have been honored with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award – though only three were competitive awards – and is one of only two artists in that group who have also won a Peabody.
During a visit to the Catskills when Streisand was 13, she told Rosie O'Donnell, she and her mother recorded some songs on tape.
That session was the first time Streisand ever asserted herself as an artist, which also became her "first moment of inspiration" as an artist.
Went the Strings of My Heart," and "You'll Never Know." Although she knew her voice was good and she liked the attention, becoming an actress was her main objective.
That desire was made stronger when she saw her first Broadway play, The Diary of Anne Frank, when she was 14.That small part was followed by a role as the kid sister in Picnic and one as a vamp in Desk Set.