FUNNY GIRL (1968)

Dir. William Wyler

Barbra Streisand made one of the most stunning big-screen debuts in movie history as Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice in this classic musical, which screens in this world premiere restoration. In doing so, she brought a new look to stardom, turning her unconventional, distinctly ethnic beauty into the epitome of Hollywood glamour. In time-honored Hollywood tradition, it almost didn't happen. Executives at Columbia wanted to cast Shirley MacLaine, but Brice's son-in-law, Ray Stark, who produced both stage and screen versions, refused to cast anybody but his original Broadway star. With acclaimed director William Wyler making his first and only musical, Streisand adapted her already legendary stage presence to the screen, proving that she could not only carry a romantic love story, but also act a song better than almost anybody else. Wyler accepted her suggestion to sing her climactic "My Man" live to maximize its dramatic potential. Fans made FUNNY GIRL the top box office film of its year, while the Academy welcomed her with an Oscar for Best Actress, their own way of saying, "Hello, gorgeous!"

FUNNY GIRL
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