Barbra Streisand stars as Fanny Brice who rose from the slums of New York to became the beloved star of the Zigfeld Follies in the early 1900s. Omar Sharif costars as Nicky Arnstein, a professional gambler who woos, marries, and leaves her. The movie is all about Barbra; the screen is filled with close-ups of her unusual and beautiful face and her pitch-perfect voice. She is simply fabulous.
The scenes of Zigfeld shows are cute and funny, and Streisand hams it up in grand style singing songs that have become classics. She's extraordinarily talented and a joy to watch. Sharif is a 10 on the hunk scale and the two make a beautiful couple, but he is miscast as the New Jersey-born con man.
"Funny Girl" is truly an iconic movie that mesmerizes and delights, thanks to the wonderful Barbra Streisand. Her glamorous costumes, hair styles, and make-up became world famous and she absolutely deserved her Best Actress Oscar.
Pros: all good Cons: none Making her film debut as Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand begins the legend that continues to this day. Adapted from the Broadway Play by the same name, in which she also starred, this story takes you into the life and pitfalls of the great Fanny Brice - comedic talent from the Ziegfield era. Perfectly chosen for this role of ugly duckling turned into swan (a role that Streisand continues to seek out … more