16 Interesting Facts About Barbra Streisand: Her Favorite Food, Favorite Color, and More

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Barbra Streisand is one of the most iconic singers of all time, gracing the stage and screen with her glorious voice. However, some people know nothing about her other than the fact that she was a legend in the entertainment world.

If you love music, take a seat and get ready as we dive into some of the most exciting facts about Barbra Streisand.

1. She Has a Walk Of Fame Star but Didn’t Attend the Ceremony

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Barbra Streisand has her own star on the Walk of Fame, right near the intersection of Hollywood and Highland. Although she agreed to show up to the original unveiling in 1976, she failed to do so and they had to reveal the star without her.

2. Barbra Streisand’s Favorite Food

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You might be surprised to discover that Barbra’s favorite food is none other than mushrooms! Whether they are floating in a soup or stuffed with cheese, she can’t seem to get enough of this particular fungi!

3. She Graduated High School Early

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Barbra Streisand went to Erasmus High School and graduated when she was just 16. She was also attending two acting schools at the time, during which she earned a scholarship and worked jobs to earn money on the side. Talk about staying busy! 

4. She’s Been Married Twice

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Barbra Streisand has been married twice. She married Elliot Gould in 1963, divorced him in 1971, and married actor James Brolin in 1998.

5. She’s a Hard Worker

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Next on our list of facts about Barbra Streisand is that she is one of the hardest workers in the music business. After she left high school, she moved straight to Manhattan, took acting classes, auditioned, and worked various office jobs until she got her big break. When you consider her work ethic, it’s no surprise she hit it big! 

6. She’s an EGOT Winner

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Barbra Streisand is the winner of the EGOT, one of very few to accomplish the feat. She’s won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony for her creative endeavors giving her the elusive EGOT title. 

7. She’s Had a Hit Album In Six Different Decades

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Not only has Barbra Streisand produced some of the best songs, but she’s also had a hit album in six decades. She had a winning album in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, and 2010s – a huge accomplishment for an astounding woman. 

Related: The 21 Best 60s Songs of All Time: Music that Defined a Decade

8. She Paved the Way for Women in Movies

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Barbra Streisand did her part to pave the way for women in movies, pushing her way to the top of the popularity lists and creating masterpieces. She made Yentl in 1983, offering her directorial debut and starring in the incredible creation, along with co-writing and co-producing the film.

Related: The 15 Best Female Singers of All Time

9. She Won The Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Barbra Streisand has won Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, Oscars, and many other creative awards – but she also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Barack Obama gave her the award in 2015 alongside Steven Spielberg and Gloria Estefan.

10. She was Almost the First Lady of Canada

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Barbra Streisand had a whirlwind of a romance with the prime minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, who is the father of Justin Trudeau. He asked her to marry him and become the first lady of the country, but she ultimately decided she didn’t want to be his wife.

11. She Sort of Changed Her Name

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This pop and movie icon’s first name was originally Barbara, which she changed to Barbra because she thought the shorter name was better for her career.

12. She Has a Song Named After Her

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The group Duck Sauce named a song after the artist in 2010, putting together a melody honoring the lady that topped the charts in 2010, even appearing on the game Just Dance. Although it isn’t close to the typical music Streisand is associated with, it was a fun tribute.

13. She Wasn’t the First Consideration for Funny Girl

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Next on our list of interesting facts about Barbra Streisand is that she was not the first consideration for the lead role in Funny Girl. In fact, the role almost went to Carol Burnett and Eydie Gorme before her.

15. She Turned Down a Role in Cabaret

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Barbra Streisand was originally approached to play a significant role in Cabaret. She decided to turn it down, and the iconic position of Sally Bowles went to Liza Minnelli, who did very well with the job.

16. Barbra’s Favorite Color

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Barbra thinks there is nothing like the beautiful color of burgundy which she tries to wear whenever possible! She states that her love of this color began at summer camp where everyone was required to wear dark blue. A worker of the camp took pity on Barbra and made her a burgundy sweater to help her feel special in a sea of blue. 

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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