Barbra Streisand’s Timeless Triumph: A Lifetime Achievement Honored at the 30th SAG Awards

Barbra Streisand, the Oscar-winning icon, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Barbra Streisand received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards 2024.

Barbra Streisand, the celebrated Oscar heavyweight, Grammy-winning artist, and iconic figure, was bestowed with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the 30th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. With a touch of humor, she acknowledged the unique pleasure of knowing in advance about the honor, playfully contrasting it with the typical anticipation of award ceremonies.

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Proudly reflecting on her over six-decade-long membership in SAG-AFTRA, Streisand shared a nostalgic moment from her teenage years in Brooklyn, where she dreamed of becoming an actress while indulging in a pint of coffee ice cream and reading movie magazines. Transitioning to a more solemn tone, she dedicated her heartfelt speech to the fellow actors in the auditorium, expressing gratitude for the joy they’ve brought her over the years.

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The audience, including a captivated Anne Hathaway, stood in awe as Streisand recounted her admiration for Marlon Brando, her “first crush” and “the most beautiful actor,” in the 1954 film “Guys and Dolls.” Jennifer Aniston, a longtime friend, had the honor of presenting the award, praising Streisand’s unmistakable face, voice, and exceptional talent as a “once-in-a-lifetime” phenomenon. Bradley Cooper surprised the audience with an additional tribute, hailing Streisand as a “true auteur.”

SAG-AFTRA, in choosing Streisand for this distinguished recognition, emphasized her impact on the acting profession. Fran Drescher, the president, referred to her as an “icon and unparalleled talent” who seamlessly wove her brilliance into the industry’s fabric. The Shrine, where the ceremony took place, held a special significance as it was the venue for Streisand’s first major concert in 1963.

Streisand’s remarkable accolade collection includes two Academy Awards, ten Grammys, five Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and a Tony Award. Despite her directorial triumphs with films like “Yentl” and “The Prince of Tides,” she has never received a directing nomination, a fact humorously acknowledged by Billy Crystal in 1992.

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The multifaceted artist, in addition to her numerous achievements, recently released a comprehensive 997-page memoir titled “My Name is Barbra.” Notably, this memoir is available as a 48-hour-long audiobook, with Barbra Streisand herself serving as the narrator—a testament to her enduring influence in the world of entertainment.

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