Barbra Streisand to sing at Oscars for first time in decades

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Singer and actress Barbra Streisand reacts as she speaks on stage at the Public Counsel's 40th anniversary event in Beverly Hills, California March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Singer and actress Barbra Streisand reacts as she speaks on stage at the Public Counsel's 40th anniversary event in Beverly Hills, California March 18, 2011.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress, singer and director Barbra Streisand may be a familiar figure at Hollywood's Oscars, but she has only sung on the annual awards show once.

Streisand will perform again at the Academy Awards on February 24, producers said on Wednesday, without providing details about how her appearance would fit into the show or what she might sing.

Streisand, 70, has won two Oscars, one for best actress in "Funny Girl" and another for best original song, "Evergreen" from her 1976 vehicle "A Star Is Born." Her performance of the song at the 1977 Oscars show was her only previous onstage stint at Hollywood's biggest night.

"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."

Streisand has also been nominated for several Oscars, including for best actress in "The Way We Were" and as producer for best picture nominee "The Prince of Tides."

Most recently she co-starred with Seth Rogen in "The Guilt Trip," a Christmas 2012 release.

Earlier this month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced that Streisand would be this year's recipient of its annual Chaplin Award, a prestigious honor recognizing achievement in film.

The Oscars will be presented at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, hosted by Seth MacFarlane and broadcast live on ABC as well as in more than 225 countries worldwide.

(Editing by Chris Michaud and Lisa Von Ahn)

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Minoux wrote:
I, for one, will be making a point to watch this year’s Oscars show. IMHO, Barbra Streisand is on of the best female singers from my generation (60ish) still alive. She is an accomplished director and philanthropist as well. I wish I had just 1 opportunity to have heard per perform live. Beverly Sills was my favorite opera singer, I can listen to Sarah McLaughlin any time, enjoy Celine Dion, and wish Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline and Whitney Houston were still with us. Kate Smith, Dinah Shore, The Lennon Sisters…now I’m really dating myself…lol. We just lost the last of the Andrew Sisters, who most haven’t a clue who they were, but had the best harmonies I can remember hearing. Children’s, Adult Choir in Catholic Church, singing in English, Latin and Polish, Junior High School Competitive Glee Club, High School Glee Club, so I think I have a pretty good “ear” for music. Joan Baez, Bette Middler, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, and Linda Ronstadt, to mention a few, are also some of my all-time favs. But “Babs” is the one nearest and dearest this “ole broad’s” heart.

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