Streisand Becomes First Female Director to Receive AFI Award
The American Film Institute will bestow its 29th AFI Life Achievement Award on legendary actress Barbra Streisand, making her the first female director to be so honored, reported Mrshowbiz.
“Barbra Streisand is a living legend who epitomizes the essence of American film,” AFI board member Howard Stringer told Variety. “She is a pioneer in everything she does, whether it’s acting, directing, writing, producing, or singing.
“Over her … career, she has garnered the adulation and respect of the entire creative community, as well as the world at large. Her efforts have blazed a trail for actors and filmmakers of future generations. AFI is proud to recognize her many talents and achievements.”
The AFI ceremony will be held Feb. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Streisand has received two Oscars, 10 Golden Globes, 10 Grammys, two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, a Tony, and two Women in Film Crystal Awards.
After establishing herself as an actress, Streisand co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in 1983’s Yentl. She went on to direct The Prince of Tides in 1991 and The Mirror Has Two Faces in 1996.
Through her Barwood Films production company, Streisand has produced many film and television projects, including Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women, and The Long Island Incident. – Albawaba.com.
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