"Funny Girl" Is Released
Funny Girl is a 1968 musical film based on the stage musical of the same name.
The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. Its original title was My Man. The screen adaptation, directed by William Wyler, paired Barbra Streisand (reprising her Broadway role) with Omar Sharif as Arnstein. Kay Medford also repeated her stage role as Fanny's mother and Walter Pidgeon was cast as Flo Ziegfeld.
The film was a commercial and critical success, gaining Streisand an Academy Award for Best Actress. It became the top grossing film of 1968, receiving seven Oscar nominations.
For some people the American dream is fame, wealth and love, and Barbra Streisand goes for it all in William Wyler's "Funny Girl," the vaudeville-era biography of the comedian Fanny Brice. As Fanny Brice, a Ziegfeld girl who knows her sense of humor is more impressive than her looks, Ms. Streisand sings "People" to her dream man, Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif), in a New York alley; talks back to Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon); makes the entire Merrill and Styne score soar; and wears gorgeous Irene Sharaff costumes from beginning to end. Oh, and she won the best actress Oscar., The New York Times