'Funny Girl' Movie: Barbra Streisand Star-Making Vehicle Restored

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Funny Girl movie Barbra Streisand Omar Sharif
Funny Girl movie: Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif in William Wyler's 1968 blockbuster.

A restored print of Funny Girl (1968), Barbra Streisand's film debut, will reignite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Monday Nights with Oscar” series on Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City.

“Monday Nights with Oscar” has been on hiatus for most of 2010 as the theater underwent major renovations.

Omar Sharif, Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl

Directed by veteran William Wyler and based on the 1964 Broadway musical that also starred Streisand, Funny Girl tells the story of Fanny Brice, the Jewish ugly duckling who became a Ziegfeld Follies star and fell in love with Omar Sharif.

A major box office hit at the time, Funny Girl earned a total of eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Tellingly, William Wyler – whose 12 nominations in the Best Director category remain unmatched – was left out. In truth, Wyler had done much better work elsewhere, e.g., These Three, Wuthering Heights, The Letter, The Little Foxes, The Heiress, etc.

Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice Funny Girl

Streisand, who has an undeniable screen presence, ended up sharing the Best Actress Oscar with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter.

Isobel Lennart wrote both the Broadway book and the screenplay adaptation. Harry Stradling was responsible for the excellent color cinematography.

Also in the Funny Girl cast: Oscar nominee Kay Medford, veteran Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Lee Allen, and Frank Faylen.

Omar Sharif, Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl

Tickets for Funny Girl are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org or by mail (a printable order form is available in the Events & Exhibitions section of the website).

Tickets may also be purchased at the box office prior to the event (subject to availability). All seating is unreserved.

The Academy Theater is located at 111 East 59th Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit www.oscars.org or call (212) 821-9251.

Photo: Courtesy of AMPAS.

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5 Comments to 'Funny Girl' Movie: Barbra Streisand Star-Making Vehicle Restored

  1. Melina Palomba

    In the last picture with Omar and Barbra, there is some major boobage going on!!!! OOPS! That's one slip up for the picture!!! Another one is that Omar is actually looking down at it!!! Another major OOPS!!!!!

  2. Melina Palomba

    OH! And Funny Girl is one of my favorite Barbra Streisand movies!!!

  3. Melina Palomba

    I thought that one of Barbra's eyes was brown, and one was blue?!?!?

  4. donna deluca

    **AS IF I**

  5. donna deluca