24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#23. A love like theirs

"Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can’t wait to see her again in the morning." - James Brolin on his wedding day.

"Congratulations honey, I’ll see you later in bed and we’ll play gin rummy… Or whatever game you want to play." - James Brolin at Glamour Women of the Year Award last November.

We know relationships and couples change as time passes by, and it would be silly and naive to believe life is always a fairytale but through all these years, the look in their eyes remais the same.

What a pleasure and honor to witness such a beautiful love story. 

"And just when I thought love had passed me by, we met

That first look In your eyes, I can’t forget

You melted me with your tender touch

I felt all fear and sorrow slip away…”

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#22. This duet and this quote

“David [Begelman] took me to see [Barbra Streisand] in Las Vegas, when she was just starting out. I was curious, because I never heard so many people complaining… ‘God, is she ugly!’ Everybody was saying, ‘My God, I never saw anyone so ugly…’ And they said it with such force… And they said it so often that I thought, this girl must have something! And we were sitting at the table, and David was very proud the agency had just signed Bob Goulet. They had a choice of signing either Bob or Barbra, and David kept saying ‘Wait’ll you see this ugly, ugly girl!’

And Barbra came out. And after her first number I looked at David and said ‘Well, you blew it…’”

— Judy Garland


24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown24 → her birthday & lucky number

#21. Her intelligence and curiosity

In a very recent interview, Barbra called herself a “perpetual student”, and I tried to remember her every project and her level of involvement with them, and just thinking about it blew me away. 
This is a woman who once traveled to The Netherlands to study certain painters to better work with the colors in Yentl. Needless to say, she also studied the Talmud. 
She knows her politics and has deep comprehension of the causes she chooses to lend a voice to. Have you read her latest article on CO2 and organic farming? 
We all learned she was a straight-A student and it’s been said she has an IQ of over 160… But those are just statements… What matters most are the wise words and the outlets she’s chosen to express all her intelligence. 
If you need any proof, just watch The Artist As Citizen and remember her voice has always offered a lot more than that gorgeous singing.
24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#21. Her intelligence and curiosity

In a very recent interview, Barbra called herself a “perpetual student”, and I tried to remember her every project and her level of involvement with them, and just thinking about it blew me away.

This is a woman who once traveled to The Netherlands to study certain painters to better work with the colors in Yentl. Needless to say, she also studied the Talmud.

She knows her politics and has deep comprehension of the causes she chooses to lend a voice to. Have you read her latest article on CO2 and organic farming?

We all learned she was a straight-A student and it’s been said she has an IQ of over 160… But those are just statements… What matters most are the wise words and the outlets she’s chosen to express all her intelligence.

If you need any proof, just watch The Artist As Citizen and remember her voice has always offered a lot more than that gorgeous singing.


24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown24 → her birthday & lucky number

#20. Her politics

It almost does not matter what political party you support  to understand the one motivation behind Barbra’s political principles: Equality. 
If you believe everyone should have equal rights, then you probably share some of her views too.



"The basic task of the artist is to explore the human condition. In order to do what we do well, the writer, the director, the actor has to inhabit other people’s psyches, understand other people’s problems. We have to walk in other people’s shoes and live in other people’s skins. This does tend to make us more sympathetic to politics that are more tolerant. In our work, in our preparation, and in our research, we are continuously trying to educate ourselves. And with learning comes compassion. Education is the enemy of bigotry and hate. It’s hard to hate someone you truly understand.” 
- Barbra Joan Streisand
24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#20. Her politics

It almost does not matter what political party you support  to understand the one motivation behind Barbra’s political principles: Equality.

If you believe everyone should have equal rights, then you probably share some of her views too.

"The basic task of the artist is to explore the human condition. In order to do what we do well, the writer, the director, the actor has to inhabit other people’s psyches, understand other people’s problems. We have to walk in other people’s shoes and live in other people’s skins. This does tend to make us more sympathetic to politics that are more tolerant. In our work, in our preparation, and in our research, we are continuously trying to educate ourselves. And with learning comes compassion. Education is the enemy of bigotry and hate. It’s hard to hate someone you truly understand.”

- Barbra Joan Streisand

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#19. Funny Girl

This one really doesn’t call for any explanation, does it?

"She’s the only dame who ever asked Willie Wyler to do another shot." - Ray Stark

And the rest is history…
Emotion video promo still.
Emotion video promo still.

On the set of “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”.

On the set of “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”.


On this day in Streisand history: Barbra is honored at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala.
(April 22, 2013)
This is an amazing day in Streisand history and I highly recommend that you check Barbra-Archive’s Chaplin Awards coverage.

→ I’ve uploaded 40 large pictures from the event. View them here.
(If you want any of the pictures in HQ, just drop me a line.)

On this day in Streisand history: Barbra is honored at the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala.

(April 22, 2013)

This is an amazing day in Streisand history and I highly recommend that you check Barbra-Archive’s Chaplin Awards coverage.

→ I’ve uploaded 40 large pictures from the event. View them here.

(If you want any of the pictures in HQ, just drop me a line.)


24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown24 → her birthday & lucky number

#18. The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center

Barbra is helping change the way research on heart disease is done. After having learned (in 2007), that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, she has raised money and awareness of the specific needs of women’s cardiovascular system’s research and treatment. 
Another staggering fact is that heart disease kills more men than women and still, little is done to understand how differently if affects women. "For me, it’s about gender inequality", she once said.


"When I was a little girl and I wanted to be famous and I wanted to see my name in lights on the marquee in a theater, but seeing my name on stainless steel on the building at Cedars-Sinai, I must say, I’m just thrilled by it. It’s doing something that’s bigger than me, bigger than show business. It’s hopefully going to save women’s lives."

Visit the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center website.
24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#18. The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center

Barbra is helping change the way research on heart disease is done. After having learned (in 2007), that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, she has raised money and awareness of the specific needs of women’s cardiovascular system’s research and treatment.

Another staggering fact is that heart disease kills more men than women and still, little is done to understand how differently if affects women. "For me, it’s about gender inequality", she once said.

"When I was a little girl and I wanted to be famous and I wanted to see my name in lights on the marquee in a theater, but seeing my name on stainless steel on the building at Cedars-Sinai, I must say, I’m just thrilled by it. It’s doing something that’s bigger than me, bigger than show business. It’s hopefully going to save women’s lives."

Visit the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center website.

Funny Lady, 1975.
Funny Lady, 1975.

24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown24 → her birthday & lucky number

#17. Yentl

I say The Way We Were is my all-time favorite film but then I watch Yentl and I am convinced it’s the best thing ever made. It’s all there: Judaism, feminism, the greatest music, naked Mandy Patinkin, a love triangle, superb direction, amazing cinematography… and it’s all Barbra; her ideas, brains, beauty and talent. 
Every time I watch Yentl, I’m just so proud of Barbra’s brilliance, so it’s a very important film for me (as a fan) for all it represents for Barbra both professionally and personally.


"The first woman in the history of motion pictures to produce, direct, write and perform a film’s title role."
24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#17. Yentl

I say The Way We Were is my all-time favorite film but then I watch Yentl and I am convinced it’s the best thing ever made. It’s all there: Judaism, feminism, the greatest music, naked Mandy Patinkin, a love triangle, superb direction, amazing cinematography… and it’s all Barbra; her ideas, brains, beauty and talent.

Every time I watch Yentl, I’m just so proud of Barbra’s brilliance, so it’s a very important film for me (as a fan) for all it represents for Barbra both professionally and personally.

"The first woman in the history of motion pictures to produce, direct, write and perform a film’s title role."
24 reasons to love Streisand - A birthday countdown

24 → her birthday & lucky number

#16. Her furry babies

I’m sure all of us who have (or have had) pets can relate to Barbra and her love for her furry babies, we are all connected by this immense love:

"I’ve come to look at the glass as half full. Maybe just in moments but it’s there, you know, in the unconditional love of a pet, that look in their eyes. They love you every time you walk into the room."

And how adorable is it that we get to see Samantha every now and then?

“She’s the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. She’s like the daughter I never had.”

Lucky Sammie!

Gifs reblogged from fybarbrastreisand.