"Funny Girl" Barbra Streisand was an award-winning, bestselling recording artist; her TV specials had captured Emmys and the hearts of critics and audiences; and she was a superstar thanks to her turn as Fanny Brice in Broadway's "Funny Girl." Then she got to make her mark in films in this lavish, old-fashioned adaptation for which she won the Academy Award for best actress (she tied with Katharine Hepburn, in "The Lion in Winter," for the honor). William Wyler directed the musical drama, which chronicled Brice's early years, her marriage to gambler Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) and her years as one of the stars of the Ziegfeld Follies. Herbert Ross, who went on to direct films, including the ill-conceived 1975 sequel, "Funny Lady," staged the musical numbers. Streisand, who was married to Elliott Gould at the time, had an affair with Sharif during the production, and their scenes together just sizzle.
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