Barbra Streisand today marks 77 years
• Barbra Streisand turns 77 years old today
April 24 marks 77 years of famous American actress, singer, producer, director, winner of two "Oscars" Barbra Streisand. It has long been known as "Funny Girl" and "homely", as it was in the days of her youth - her talent, charm and attraction for a long time, no one doubts. It has already proved everything to everyone, and above all to itself. It is considered the epitome of the "American Dream": ugly girl from a poor Jewish family was able to become a star, the first to conquer the handsome Hollywood. But in her biography there are some facts that she prefers not to remember ...
Since childhood, she did not find support among others: classmates mocked her stepfather was always dissatisfied with her, and during the frequent scandals raised her hand, even my own mother told her that her nose so you can not ask for a scene. As a teenager, she had no friends, she felt very lonely and in fact no one talked. Of course, this has generated a lot of complexes, but on the other hand, temper the character, brought up in her determination and desire at all costs to prove to the world that it deserves attention and recognition. Perhaps that is why she chose the acting profession: Barbra wanted that, thanks to the art of reincarnation can be as brilliant and beautiful as the heroine of her favorite movie, and then no one would dare to mock her.
Barbara Barbra began at age 18, when designed the documents she removed one letter of his name, so that it sounded unusual. She youth in every possible way tried to attract attention, and even once dyed her hair green, face smeared with lime, and as such was in school. "I imagine that I'm a star ... But then I was enough to make me somebody remarked," - she confessed later. It certainly noticed - the headmaster sent her home to wash. Face washed quickly, and green paint was impossible to erase anything, and then her mother shaved bald. But here Barbra did not lose her: she drew on his bald head different patterns and continued to go to this form to school. Even then, she has formulated a rule that was her motto: "Classic beauty is boring - a huge amount of cute mordashek in the world. Not be like everyone else, striking and shocking - the only way to succeed. "
In her creative biography is not far, everything went smoothly, and often there were failures. Before becoming a singer and actress Barbra managed to work as a telephone operator, waitress and even cleaner. And on the stage, she began performing as a cabaret singer. In 1967, during a concert in front of 135 thousandth audience in Central Park in New York City girl excitement I forgot the text of all three songs that had to execute. After that, she was so afraid of another failure, which for 27 years did not dare to sing on stage. The next time the audience heard it only in 1993, and since then it is no longer such incidents happened.
The actor's biography Streisand began with a cameo in the Japanese farmer in a mobile theater. Gradually, from tiny roles in the crowd, she was transferred to the main parties. After the release of the film version of the musical "Funny Girl" for her to speak all over the world - for the role of Barbra Streisand was awarded the "Oscar" and "Golden Globes". At the same time her acting reputation has never been perfect: directors called her "bitch with the manners of a tyrant." About her imperious and capricious nature was legendary.
In the 1960s. she was one of the most popular and sought-after actresses. But this fame has played with it a cruel joke: during a concert tour in 1966, the actress began to receive letters from distraught fan threatening to shoot her on the stage, after which it was forced to hire a bodyguard. They say that this story became the basis for the script of the cult film "The Bodyguard."
Her talent is multifaceted. She worked as a filmmaker. The best known of her films nominated for "Oscar" was the film "Prince of Tides" and "Lord of the Sea". And the audience the most popular enjoyed the film "Mirror Has Two Faces" in which Barbra Streisand was the director, producer and actress.
In addition to acting, directing, producing and singing activities, Barbra Streisand is interested in interior design and furniture. Arrangement of his home in Malibu, she worked independently. "I really like the work of a designer, and I will not be an actress and singer, probably would choose this profession", - she says. Her best friend - the fashion designer Donna Karan. In addition, Barbra actively engaged in charitable activities: at his own expense, she opened a Jewish school in Los Angeles, and $ 6 million, the proceeds from the sale of his collection of antiques at auction, was transferred to the fund for children affected by war.
On her novels were legendary, she chose the most beautiful and successful men, but neither one of them for a long time could not find happiness. Many accused her of cruelty and consumerism. The famous tennis player Andre Agassi, who was younger Barbra 28 years, shocked the audience with his recognition: "She treated me like a little boy on a call, and when I'm tired of it, just pointed at the door. But ... She is an amazing woman of anyone I know. " Barbra And she said: "Do not marry because men - worthless liars, and they want women just for the sake of vanity. And if so, then they simply do not deserve anything but consumer attitudes. " But in 1998 she was still married, and finally found happiness with actor and director James Brolin.
One of the most sensitive questions for Barbra Streisand - is her son Jason. After her divorce from his father, her first husband, she gave the boy to an experimental school in which students lived and were engaged on a permanent basis with a 3-years old and almost forgotten about its existence for 20 years. For it was a shock when her son announced his homosexual and in 1996 married David Knight - known male model, athlete and fighter for gay rights. Barbra did not come to the wedding of his son, but later still could take his choice. All questions about the age and appearance of Barbra says: "I - a gleam in his eyes, charm, elegant clothes. I thought that looms critical age, bring people to depression. What is the difference, how old are you? You woke up this morning - and it is a joy. For every day that you need to give thanks to God. If you're afraid of birthdays, why bother to live? "One can only wish she did not lose that shine in the eyes and remain as cheerful and charming, which it knows the whole world!