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“…what Streisand accomplishes in Funny Girl is at once a redefinition of what a musical star can look like as well as a reconfirmation of what so many of us return to the movies to find: pristine encapsulations of talent in motion. Such talent, as exemplified in Streisand’s performance and throughout her peerless career, is indeed, as Kael declared, its own form of beauty. But with the lights low and the screen bright, it can also be its own elusive form of magic, as pure and pleasurable as any ever captured on film.”

On her 75th birthday, here’s how the singular and supreme Barbra Streisand broke out her own way with an unconventional movie star presence in Funny Girl, by Matthew Eng

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BARBRA STREISAND
(b. April 24, 1942)

“How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.”

“I’ve considered having my nose fixed. But I didn’t trust anyone enough. If I could do it myself with a mirror.”

“Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work… a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work.”

“I just don’t want to be hampered by my own limitations.”