The Academy Award winner, who is the first American woman artist to receive credit as writer, director, producer and star of a major feature film for “Yentl,” is a terrific choice for this honor.
“Barbra Streisand is an American icon whose groundbreaking work significantly opened the doors for other female filmmakers. She has been an inspiration to me and so many of my peers,” said FSLC Executive Director Rose Kuo. “She is the perfect recipient for our 40th anniversary because, like our award’s namesake, she is a world class, multi-faceted film artist.”
The evening will include high-profile guests and celebrities who will present film and interview clips and offer their own choice comments about Streisand’s work and career. You can expect some great stories.
The award is named after Charles Chaplin, the Film Society’s first honoree in 1972, who returned to the U.S. from exile to accept the commendation. Since then, the award has been given to other big names in the film industry, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Dustin Hoffman, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and last year, Catherine Deneuve.
Streisand won Academy Awards for best actress for her both her portrayal of Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” (1968) and best original song for composing “Evergreen” for “A Star is Born” (1976).
She also was nominated for best actress for “The Way We Were” (1973). And the three films she directed — “Yentl,” “The Prince of Tides,” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces” — received 14 Oscar nominations.
Streisand, who was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School, got her start singing in Manhattan clubs where she soon acquired a following.
She’s now staring in “The Guilt Trip” with Seth Rogen, who I hope will be at the gala to talk about his recent experiences working with Streisand on the road trip film, where at her request, they actually never went farther than 45 minutes from her beloved Malibu home.
Although she wouldn’t travel to New York to promote “The Guilt Trip,” she’ll be in the Big Apple in April to accept the FSLC honor, and it should be a fun evening with lots of surprises and laughs.
For ticketing and additional information, visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center web site.