Barbra Streisand (pronounced /ˈstraɪsænd/ STRY-sand; born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942) is an American singer and film and theatre actress. She has also achieved note as a composer, liberal political activist, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, nine Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards and a Special Tony Award. She is one of the very few entertainers to have won all of these honors, although she has yet to win a competitive Tony Award. In 2008 she was inducted as a Kennedy Centre Honoree.
She is one of the most commercially and critically successful female entertainers in modern entertainment history and one of the best selling solo recording artists in the US, with RIAA-certified shipments of over 71 million albums. She is the highest ranking female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Top Selling Artists list.
According to the RIAA, Streisand has a total of 29 Top Ten albums to her credit since 1963. Streisand has the widest span (34 years) between first and latest Top 10 albums of any female recording artist. And Streisand holds the record for most Top 10 albums of any female recording artist. Her RIAA tally shows she has released 50 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 15 Multi-Platinum albums. Currently, Streisand appears at #7 on the RIAA list of Top Selling Artists, right behind Billy Joel and Pink Floyd. She is the only female recording artist on the Top Selling Artists list.
Streisand has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is one of Billboard's highest ranking female artists.
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