Talk about versatility in entertainment and Barbra Streisand would be top on the list. The Queen of the Divas as she is also known, Streisand has accomplished an illustrious career in music, film, theatre, and TV. Consequently, she is among the few that have earned an EGOT (Emmy – 5, Grammy -10, Oscar – 2, and Tony – 1). It is regarded as the biggest honour in the entertainment industry. And to think that her story is one of “rags-to-riches,” Barbra Streisand has come a long way and her story serves as an inspiration to many.
Barbra Streisand Bio (Age and Other Background Info)
Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She has described her early childhood as painful. Barbra’s dad died when she was just 15 months old, leaving her mom who had a meagre paying job to cater to the family which included her brother.
Barbra never allowed the difficulties at home to affect her academics. From elementary school, she was an outstanding pupil. She attended Erasmus Hall High School graduating in 1959 as the 4th in her class.
Despite her academic excellence, Barbra sought to pursue a career in entertainment. She had developed a passion for singing as a kid and nurtured it as she grew. She also became interested in acting and would often travel to New York to learn more about the craft.
A year after graduating high school, Barbra in 1960 left her mom who was not so supportive of her choice of career and rented an apartment in Manhattan. To make ends meet, she worked a series of odd jobs while maintaining her focus on a music and acting career.
After winning a talent contest at a Manhattan gay club, Barbra scored a $125 per week singing gig at the Blue Angel nightclub. Two years later, in 1962, Barbra’s dreams came true. She scored a role in the musical comedy “I Can Get It for You Wholesale” that would come to change her life forever.
The musical was a hit, propelling Barbra to national recognition and earning her a record deal with Columbia Records. Her debut album was a commercial success, winning her two Grammys.
Barbra built upon her fame and gradually increased her star power as years went by.
With at least 35 studio albums released, 11 of those have reached number 1 on the Billboard 200, making Barbra Streisand the female artist with the most number 1 albums. She ranks at third overall, behind Jay Z, 13 and The Beatles, 19.
Her records have sold about 200 million worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. In addition to breaking chart records, Barbra has also made millions from touring. Her first full tour “Barbra Streisand in Concert” (1993 – 1994) grossed $55 million ($89 million in 2017 dollars) from 26 shows.
Here is a look at her subsequent tour gross
“Timeless” (1999/2000) 26 shows – $70 million ($97.3 million in 2017 dollars)
“Streisand” 2006/2007 29 shows – $119.5 million (most successful)
Barbra Live (2012/2013) – $66 million
Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic (2016 – 2017) – $53 million
As of 2017, Barbra Streisand’s tours have grossed at least $350 million.
Barbra has also made a fortune from acting. Her best movie days were between 1968 and 1980. During that period, she was frequent in the Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll which ranked the highest-earning entertainers.
She started a production company Barwood Films in 1972. Under the company, she wrote, produced and directed her own films. Some of them include; Yentl (1983), The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). She reportedly earned $20 million from the latter and $3 million form the former. Streisand has earned 8 digits from a number of acting gigs.
Her net worth is estimated at $390 million easily making her one of the richest women in the entertainment industry. She lives on the lap of luxury. According to sources, Streisand owns a personal shopping arcade in her luxe oceanfront clifftop mansion in Malibu. She bought the property for $20 million and today, it is said to be valued at $200 million.
Husband and Kids
Barbra Streisand has dated equally illustrious people in her lifetime including Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and tennis champion Andre Agassi. However, she had been married just twice, first to actor Elliott Gould.
Their union lasted from 1963 to 1971 and produced one child, a son named Jason Gould. Jason Gould who was born on December 29, 1966, has since followed in the footsteps of his parents to become an entertainer. In 1988, aged 21, Jason came out as gay.
After a number of failed relationships, Streisand married actor James Brolin on July 1, 1998. They have no kids together, thus Jason Gould remains Streisand’s only child. However, Brolin has three children including actor Josh Brolin from two past marriages.