Funny Girl: Relive Barbra Streisand's Best Moments

Barbra Streisand is a legend in many arenas--she has shone on Broadway, in Hollywood, on TV, and in music. "I truly believe I could be anything I want to be," she told Look magazine as her career took off. "I mean, I could be a painter or a ballerina or a writer or even a good cowboy. I know that sounds a bit brash, but it's the way I feel. Nothing's worse than not thinking big, real big."

Barbra's big vision is evident in a new book on the star, Streisand: In the Camera Eye. The 288-page tome is a collection of mostly unpublished photos from Barbra's many phases. We get photos like the back cover of her first album and still scenes from Funny Girl, plus anecdotes from interviews and essays from Hollywood journalist James Spada.

MAKERS got a sneak preview of the trip down Streisand-memory lane. Take a look back at some of Barbra's most glamorous costumes and best bouffants--plus, get cat-eye inspiration from the best.


Streisand in her Broadway debut in I Can Get It for You Wholesale as Yetta Tessye Marmelstein in 1962. Credit:  from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams)/ Getty Images

Barbra's rising profile in the entertainment industry led several major magazines to do feature stories on her. The slant of the pieces--beyond extolling her remarkable voice--was usually her "kookiness," or her journey from Brooklyn to nascent stardom. Barbra enjoyed serving up grist for the mill, playing up the kook images and sounding breathtakingly self-assured. "I truly believe I could be anything I want to be," she told Look magazine. Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / David Drew Zingg/Look Magazine

From a series of photographs taken to illustrate the back cover of her first number one album, People released in 1964. Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / Columbia Records

In a scene from her second television special Color Me Barbra filmed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1966. Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / CBS Television

Scene from the film, Funny Girl. Fanny wonders, "Would a convent take a Jewish girl?" as Nick nuzzles her neck in the seduction number "You Are Woman, I Am Man." Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / Columbia Pictures

The lengthy train on Barbra's dress caused a rift between her and the film's costume designer, Irene Sharaff, that was never mended. Barbra found that she and the waiters kept tripping over the material as they danced.  Producer Ernest Lehman asked Sharaff to shorten it; Sharaff refused and suggested that Michael Kidd change the choreography. Kidd refused. Barbra agreed with Kidd and Lehman. "Irene announced to me and Barbra that she would never again make another picture with either of us," Lehman recalled, "and she never did." Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / Twentieth-Century Fox

"So Long Honey Lamb" was one of several comic numbers in Funny Lady that were truncated by the director Herb Ross, who used the snippets as little more than montages--much to the disappointment of Barbra's fans. The screenwriter Jay Presson Allen said of her, "For some time, Streisand has been the only bankable female because she alone plays gutsy roles, winners. Even when she's getting the hell kicked out of her, you know she's going to get up again." Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / Photofest

Screen legend Lauren Bacall as Streisand's beauty-obsessed, unsupportive mother in The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996. Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / Sony Pictures

 Barbra and Seth Rogen as overbearing mother and exasperated son in The Guilt Trip, 2012. "Barbra was one of the reasons I was interested," Rogen said. "If she wasn't in it I probably wouldn't have done it with someone else. She is going to kill me for saying this, but when you meet her she acts like a lot of Jewish mothers. I think she is the blueprint for every Jewish mother I've met over the last thirty years." Credit: from Streisand: In the Camera Eye (Abrams) / Paramount Pictures