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"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Brice defies orders to play it straight, turning a "Beautiful Bride" tableau into a laugh riot by dressing herself up as an extremely pregnant newlywed. The stratagem turns Brice into an overnight star and the toast of Broadway. But all is not roses for Brice, especially in her turbulent private life as the wife of big-time gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Nicky at first finds it amusing to be referred to as "Mr. Brice," but he begins to resent his wife's fame and fortune and starts taking foolish risks with other people's money. The film was nominated for 8 Oscars, including Best Picture and Kay Medford for her portrayal of Brice's mother, Rose. Funny Girl was produced by Ray Stark, Brice's real-life son-in-law, who had enough material left over for a sequel, 1975's Ray Stark. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 19, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maury Winetrobe Best Editing 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Swink Best Editing 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scharf Best Adapted Score 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barbra Streisand Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1968 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barbra Streisand Best Actress 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jule Styne Best Original Song 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jule Styne Best Song 1968 Nominee
Directors Guild of America William Wyler Best Director 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kay Medford Best Supporting Actress 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Raymond Stark Best Picture 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Cinematography 1968 Nominee

Cast

Barbra Streisand
as Fanny Brice
Omar Sharif
as Nick Arnstein
Kay Medford
as Rose Brice
Anne Francis
as Georgia James
Walter Pidgeon
as Florenz Ziegfeld
Mae Questel
as Mrs. Strakosh
Gerald Mohr
as Branca
Frank Faylen
as Keeney
Mittie Lawrence
as Emma
Gertrude Flynn
as Mrs. O'Malley
Penny Santon
as Mrs. Meeker
Thordis Brandt
Raymond Guth
as Buffalo wrangler
Tommy Rall
Raymond Guth
as Buffalo wrangler

Crew

William Wyler
Director
William Wyler
Producer
Raymond Stark
Producer
Jule Styne
Screenwriter
Isobel Lennart
Screenwriter
Isobel Lennart
Play Author
Walter Scharf
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Scharf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jule Styne
From Musical by
Jule Styne
Composer (Music Score)
Maurice Yvain
Featured Music
Grant Clarke
Composer (Music Score)
Fred Fisher
Featured Music
Channing Pollock
Composer (Music Score)
Herbert Ross
Musical Direction/Supervision
Maury Winetrobe
Editor
Robert Swink
Editor
Gene Callahan
Production Designer
Robert Luthardt
Art Director
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Herbert Ross
Choreography
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