02 July 2011

"Hello, Gorgeous!"

While I'm on the subject of my favorite actresses of all time, why not mention the great Barbra Streisand? No woman in movie history has a more recognizable voice, face, or name than Miss Streisand. Famous for her rolls such as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl" and Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!", Barbra changed the idea of beauty in Hollywood. Before Barbra emerged on the scene, only pint-sized blondes were considered attractive. When she emerged in "Funny Girl" with her distinct Jewish features, most people believed that she would not last as an actress. Many people suggested she get a nose job, change her hair, and speak in a different way, but Barbra refused to change herself for anyone. She has become a roll model for countless young actresses that aren't exactly beautiful according to the American media. The opening scene of "Funny Girl" involves Barbra as Fanny Brice looking into a full-length mirror and saying, "Hello, gorgeous!" in that classic voice of hers. Thank you, Miss Streisand, for always being yourself and refusing to back down to the demands of people who were simply jealous of your overwhelming talent. We love you, Funny Girl!

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