Une Femme Firsts: Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand — known as "Babs" to her many fans — is a Hollywood legend whose legacy transcends the silver screen. A woman of many firsts, in particular, she became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director in 1984 for "Yentl," in which she also starred (and, in part, performed as a woman dressing as a man). The film went on two receive two Oscars and Streisand the only woman to win a Golden Globe for directing.
"I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me," Streisand once said. Having dominated an industry where looks reign supreme and the status quo is celebrated, this is no small feat. Other notable achievements include ending up on Richard Nixon's list of political enemies (along with other Une Femme First honoree Jane Fonda), tying for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her role in Funny Girl along with Katharine Hepburn, and making 33 albums that have made it into top ten charts. A notable gay icon, she has also had illustrious stage and music recording careers.
From her humble beginnings in Brooklyn where she was a stage fright-stricken girl whose first performance was at a PTA meeting to becoming an international superstar, we at Une Femme salute Barbra Streisand for being a true show business legend and for proving that just being yourself is more than enough.