EGOT Holder Barbra Streisand Set to Receive Another Prestigious Award

Barbra Streisand
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The talented Barbra Streisand is set to receive the 59th SAG Life Achievement Award. She will receive the award on February 24, 2024, during the 30th annual SAG Awards ceremony for her successful career and humanitarian efforts. The award mainly celebrates her onscreen accomplishments but Streisand has found fame on Broadway and in music as well. She is one of very few people to have won an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards).

Streisand shared in a statement about the new honor, “Ever since I was a young girl sitting in the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, I dreamed of being one of those actresses I saw on the screen. The movies were a portal to a world I could only imagine. Even though I was an unlikely candidate, somehow my dream came true. This award is especially meaningful to me because it comes from my fellow actors, whom I so admire.”

Funny Girl Barbra Streisand, 1968

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SAG president Fran Drescher added, “Barbra Streisand is an icon and unparalleled talent, a force of nature who has seamlessly woven her brilliance through the fabric of our industry. From her earliest days captivating audiences on Broadway to her unforgettable roles in cinematic classics like Funny Girl, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born, Barbra’s ability to inhabit her characters with authenticity is nothing short of extraordinary. Her enduring career is a testament to her genuine performances, connecting with audiences on a profound level. She is a colossal icon with a relentless work ethic, evolving with each stage of her remarkable journey. We celebrate Barbra Streisand not just for her achievements but for the enduring legacy she has carved.”

Yentl Barbra Streisand, 1983

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The now 81-year-old broke into show business in the Broadway production of Funny Girl in 1964 and reprised her role of Fanny Brice in the 1968 film. She went on to star in iconic films such as The Way We Were, A Star Is Born, and Yentl. Yentl was also her directorial debut and she became the first woman to write, direct, produce, and star in a feature film, along with the first woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director.

Singer Barbra Streisand speaks onstage during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City

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In addition, the award honors her humanitarian efforts which include The Streisand Foundation. She established it in 1986 and has helped various organizations involving voter education, women’s issues, the preservation of the environment, and many more. She has gifted millions to help fund women’s cardiovascular research and education. In the 2000s, she was ranked as the third most generous celebrity based on her charitable donations.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be streaming long on Netflix on March 24 at 8pm ET

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