Barbra Streisand Set To Perform At The Oscars For First Time In 36 Years
Barbra Streisand, legendary singer, actress, and director, will perform at the upcoming Oscars for the first time in 36 years.
Previously the Brooklyn native performed at the 1997 Oscars when she sang “Evergreen” from her 1976 film A Star Is Born, and won the Best Original Song award with co-writers Paul Williams and Ian Freebairn-Smith.
The 70-year-old has won two Oscars in her time, one for Best Actress in 1969 for the 1968 musical Funny Girl — and shared with Katherine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter), and the other for the aforementioned “Evergreen.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Streisand was nominated but didn’t win for her role as Katie in 1973’s The Way We Were. Another nomination followed in 1992 when the Streisand-produced The Prince of Tides (1991) contended for Best Picture, and again in 1997 for her co-write of “I Finally Found Someone” in 1996’s The Mirror Has Two Faces.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.”We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars.”
As yet, there is no word on what Streisand will be singing at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, Reuters notes.
Brit singer Adele and Norah Jones are also confirmed to sing at the event. Adele will perform her Oscar nominated James Bond theme from Skyfall, while Jones will sing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Seth MacFarlane’s adult comedy Ted.
Steisand’s most recent movie foray was last year’s The Guilt Trip which saw her co-star opposite Seth Rogen.
The Oscars will be presented at the the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on February 24.