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Funny Girl


Shortly before World War I, Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) embarks on an unconventional but very successful theater career, emphasizing her talent for comedy and singing; she also falls for a professional gambler (Omar Sharif)ā€¦ The last major film for William Wyler has the old pro doing for Streisand what he did for Bette Davis and Audrey Hepburn: making them look their very best. This was Streisandā€™s first film, repeating her Broadway success and creating the screen persona weā€™ve come to know. A more substantial biography on Brice would have been interesting, but itā€™s a gorgeous musical with many magnificently enjoyable moments and performances.

1968-U.S. 155 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced byĀ Ray Stark. Directed byĀ William Wyler. Screenplay, Book: Isobel Lennart. Cinematography: Harry Stradling. Editing: Robert Swink, Maury Winetrobe, William Sands. Music: Walter Scharf. Songs: ā€Funny Girlā€ ā€Peopleā€, ā€Donā€™t Rain On My Paradeā€ (Jule Styne, Bob Merrill). Cast: Barbra Streisand (Fanny Brice), Omar Sharif (Nick Arnstein), Kay Medford (Rose Brice), Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen.

Trivia: Shirley MacLaine was allegedly considered for the lead; Frank Sinatra for Sharifā€™s role. Followed by Funny Lady (1975).

Oscar: Best Actress (Streisand). Golden Globe: Best Actress (Streisand).

Quote: “Hello, gorgeous.” (Streisand)

Last word: ā€œBarbra is the only reason I directed this film. I could not just think of Fanny Brice and ignore Barbra Streisand. She gave me what I wanted and more. She was very satisfying, very professional and absolutely tireless. I could work this girl round the clock with no complaint. Bette Davis had the same sort of eagerness and desire to get the best and never be satisļ¬ed with herself, or anyone else for that matter.ā€ (Wyler, The Sunday Times Magazine)



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