In Recognition of Barbra Streisand in Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedomby Representative Ted Lieu
Posted on 2015-12-17
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Mr. TED LIEU of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a
constituent of California's 33rd Congressional District who is one of
our nation's most gifted artists, and compassionate humanitarians.
Barbra Joan Streisand, who was recently awarded the Presidential Medal
of Freedom by President Obama.
In the sixth decade of her career, Streisand has captivated generations of music and movie lovers, young and old alike. Through her creative work, Ms. Streisand has received countless honors including two Academy Awards, four Peabody Awards, eight Golden Globes, and the National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center honors. Further, the three films she has directed to date have received 14 Oscar nominations. In 1984, Ms. Streisand became the first woman and only woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director, which she won for the film Yentl.
A long time record setter as a recording artist, her 1963 album entitled The Barbra Streisand Album amassed six nominations for Album of the Year and five for Record of the Year--more than any other female artist in history. Since then she has won a total of 10 Grammys and released 52 gold albums, 31 platinum albums and 18 multi-platinum albums, topping the list of album sales by a female singer.
Yet Ms. Streisand's most enduring legacy is her tireless activism and generous philanthropic mission. Established in 1986, the Streisand Foundation has brought millions of dollars to ensure the legacy of numerous organizations promoting voter education, civil rights, higher education, veterans' assistance, and the preservation of our environment. Ms. Streisand's work on the crucial issues of climate change and healthcare have been exceptional, raising and contributing money to fight AIDS and heart disease, as exemplified by the recent naming of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Mr. Speaker, I am proud to honor Ms. Streisand and her extraordinary achievements.