Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment, winning numerous awards. Among those are two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award, and eleven Golden Globes. She is among only 17 entertainers who have won an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.
She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 72 million albums in the United States and with total 145 million records sold worldwide, which makes her the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America's Top Selling Artists (of albums) list. (The only female in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock 'n' roll genre.)
After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960s, by the end of the decade, Streisand ventured into film. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Her other films include The Owl and the Pussycat, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born, for which she received her second Academy Award for composing the music to the picture’s main song, "Evergreen". With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct and act in a major film. It won an Oscar for Best Score and Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Motion Picture Musical.
The RIAA and Billboard states that Streisand holds the record for the most top ten albums of any female recording artist – a total of 33 since 1963, and has released 53 Gold albums, 31 Platinum albums, and 14 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States.