Barbra Streisand is an absolute legend in the entertainment industry. One of the few entertainers to have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (EGOT), Streisand can really do it all.

After getting her start by performing in nightclubs and on Broadway in the 1960s, she soon transitioned to film and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her iconic portrayal of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” in 1968. She continued to have success both musically and in Hollywood, even winning a second Oscar for her work composing music for the 1976 version of “A Star is Born” Now, at 80, Streisand is still a force to be reckoned with.

But one aspect of her life that isn’t in the public eye as much as her career is her love life. She was married to actor Elliott Gould for much of the 1960s, and together the couple has a son, actor Jason Gould. Streisand and Jason even appeared as mother and son together in “The Prince of Tides.”

The mother-and-son duo is known to be very close. Jason spent most of his childhood with Streisand and has shared his respect for the woman who raised him. Jason has come out to his family and the world as gay, and his mother has shown nothing but love and praise for her son. The award-winning singer and actress has spoken out on how Jason is nothing short of her biggest life blessing. The famous mother and son pair is close to this day and can even be found on stage together from time to time.

Barbra Streisand (1968), (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Barbara Joan Streisand – professionally known as Barbra Streisand – was born on Apr. 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. When she was 13 years old, Streisand made a four-song demo tape with the help of her critical yet increasingly supportive mother. Despite her amazing talents as a singer, Streisand had dreams of becoming an actress. She saw her first Broadway play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” when she was just 14 years old, and from that point on, she was completely hooked on the idea of acting. Streisand immersed herself in the art, studying everything from stage actresses to plays to acting theories.

However, in 2003, Streisand told NPR that she never really took singing lessons or properly learned how to read music. She explained, “I never approach singing as singing… I once tried to take a singing lesson many years ago.” Streisand explained how the teacher tried to explain how to enunciate her vowels differently to carry the sound better, but Streisand insisted that she had “to sing like I would speak,” so she stopped taking lessons.

Streisand’s intelligence and her desire to finally venture into show business full-time helped her graduate high school early at the age of 16. Afterward, she immediately set out and began auditioning for roles on various New York City stages.

During the 1960s, Streisand finally began to land roles. She auditioned for a musical comedy called “I Can Get It for You Wholesale.” Streisand landed the part of secretary to the lead, who was played by Elliott. He was not well known at the time, and he and Streisand fell in love behind the scenes. They married in September 1963 and had one child together before divorcing in 1971.

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