With A Song In My Heart: A Month Of Musicals
April 23 Funny Girl (1968) 2 hrs 31 min.
We follow the career of Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand), who knows she’s a talented comedienne and singer, but not performer-beautiful—so she’s desperate for a ‘big break.’ She eventually comes to the attention of famed impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (Walter Pidgeon). She’s also in love with the suave gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Will she find success and happiness?
Streisand won Best Actress for her role, and the film (the highest-grossing of 1968) garnered another 7 Oscar nominations. Streisand and Sharif had an affair that lasted for the duration of filming.