CAIRO – 18 September 2017: September 19, 1968 marks the debut of actress Barbara Streisand in ‘Funny Girl.’ The debut become a wild hit and won Streisand the Oscar award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
It was based on a play with the same title also starring Streisand. This musical comedy drama is a biographic based on the life of Fanny Brice, a famous female Jewish comedian of the 1900s who dreams of stardom in New York City’s Broadway. Against all odds she rises to the top and she falls for Nick Arnstein, played by famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, a businessman and compulsive gambler.
Streisand’s first ever role shot her up to stardom, with film critic Roger Ebert heaping high praise on her; “She doesn't actually sing a song at all; she acts it. She does things with her hands and face that are simply individual; that's the only way to describe them. They haven't been done before. She sings, and you're really happy you're there.”
In 2016, the U.S. Library of Congress recognized the film as having great “cultural, historic or aesthetic importance,” and was inducted into its National Film Registry.