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Trivia & Fun Facts About FUNNY GIRL

The producer of Funny Girl, Ray Stark, was married to the only daughter of Fanny Brice and Nick Arnstein, Frances.

Anne Bancroft and Carol Burnett were both considered to play Fanny Brice in the Broadway production of Funny Girl before Barbra Streisand came on board.

Barbra Streisand gave her famous concert in New York's Central Park while in preparations for Funny Girl. The concert was filmed in June 1967 and aired on television titled A Happening in Central Park a year later.

While director William Wyler and Barbra Streisand were shooting the scene in a train station where Fanny sings "Don't Rain on My Parade," Streisand tried to convince Wyler to let her make an entrance like Greta Garbo in the 1935 film Anna Karenina. According to the 1995 William Wyler biography A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director William Wyler, Streisand said, "Willie, I have this idea. Why don't we do a takeoff on Garbo's entrance in Anna Karenina. You know, because I had to appear in the train doorway...Let's put smoke in the shot and I'll appear at the top of the stairs and I'll cough through the smoke and come down the steps." Wyler, according to Streisand, said no.

Barbra Streisand tied with Katharine Hepburn for Best Actress - a first in the history of the Academy Awards.

Ingrid Bergman presented Barbra Streisand with the Academy Award for Best Actress on April 14, 1969.

Aretha Franklin sang the song "Funny Girl" at the Academy Awards ceremony, which was nominated for Best Original Song.

Assuming that Barbra Streisand, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, voted for herself as Best Actress, it would mean that her vote caused her to tie with Katharine Hepburn. The accounting firm of Price Waterhouse confirmed that they counted and re-counted the votes, and it was an exact tie.

Barbra Streisand wore a wig from her film On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) to the Academy Awards when she accepted the Best Actress Oscar® for Funny Girl.

While she was filming Funny Girl in California, Barbra Streisand along with husband Elliott Gould and 6-month-old son Jason rented a house once owned by Greta Garbo.

Sidney Lumet was the original director of Funny Girl, but he left the project due to "creative differences."

According to the 1985 book Barbra Streisand: The Woman, the Myth, the Music by Shaun Considine, composer Jule Styne was unhappy with the orchestrations in the film version of Funny Girl. "I was upset with the orchestrations for the entire movie," he is quoted as saying. "They were going for pop arrangements...They dropped eight songs from the Broadway show and we were asked to write some new ones. They didn't want to go with success. It was the old-fashioned MGM Hollywood way of doing a musical. They always change things to their way of vision, and they always do it wrong. But, of all my musicals they screwed up, Funny Girl came out the best."

Co-stars Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif had an affair during the making of Funny Girl which Sharif details in his 1976 autobiography The Eternal Male. Later he told Rex Reed, "She's a monster. I had nothing to do but stand around. But she's a fascinating monster. Sometimes I just stood on the sidelines and watched her. I think her biggest problem is that she wants to be a woman and she wants to be beautiful and she is neither."

Funny Girl had its first sneak preview in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The songs "My Man," "Second Hand Rose" and "I'd Rather Be Blue" from Funny Girl were all closely associated with the real Fanny Brice.

According to many sources, Barbra Streisand's reputation as a self-absorbed diva began partly as a result of a party thrown for her by producer Ray Stark. Stark wanted to introduce Streisand to his powerful Hollywood friends before shooting began on Funny Girl. She reportedly not only showed up very late, but she also spent the entire time at the party holed up in a single room forcing anyone who wanted to meet her to come to her. Stark's guests found her rude, aloof and arrogant for keeping them waiting. Streisand claimed that she was just shy about meeting them.

Barbra Streisand's third television special The Belle of 14th Street aired on October 11, 1967 while she was in the midst of filming Funny Girl.

Arnold Scaasi designed Barbra Streisand's infamous eyebrow-raising see-through outfit that she wore to the Academy Awards the night she won Best Actress for Funny Girl. "The outfit seemed see-through," he said, "but it wasn't really. It was underlined with nude-colored georgette crepe. There were pockets over the bosom with double and triple fabric – if you look closely at the outfit there's nothing indecent about it at all. But none of us considered what would happen under glaring lights, or when the flashbulbs went off. The lights eliminated the black net covering [and] made it seem that you were seeing Barbra's skin."

When designer Arnold Scaasi tried to defend his design for Streisand's sexy Academy Awards outfit he explained, "What I tried to do was present Barbra as the modern young woman she was. Young girls were wearing things like that all over the world. Barbra had an older image because of Funny Girl, but this night she could be herself, her own person, youthful and current."

Herbert Ross, who staged the musical numbers in Funny Girl, went on to direct Barbra Streisand in two films: The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and the sequel to Funny Girl, Funny Lady (1975).

Columbia restored the film negative of Funny Girl for the DVD release in 2001. The process took a painstaking three years.

Famous Quotes from FUNNY GIRL

FANNY BRICE (Barbra Streisand): (looking in the mirror) Hello, gorgeous.

FANNY: You think beautiful girls are going to stay stars forever? I should say not! Any minute now they're going to be out! Finished! Then it'll be my turn!

NICK ARNSTEIN (Omar Sharif): I'd be happy to wait while you change.
FANNY: I'd have to change too much, nobody could wait that long.

FANNY: Where I come from, when two people... well, sort of love each other... oh, never mind.
NICK: Well? What do they do when they "sort of love each other"?
FANNY: Well, one of them says, "Why don't we get married?"
NICK: Really?
FANNY: Yeah, and sometimes it's even the man.

FANNY: You could get lonesome being that free.
NICK: You could get lonesome being that busy.
FANNY: Now who'd think to look at you and me and see we got the same problem!

FANNY: He's a gentleman. A gentleman fits in anyplace.
ROSE BRICE (Kay Medford): A sponge fits in any place.

ROSE BRICE: When you look at him, you only see what you want to see.
FANNY: I see him as he is. I love him as he is!
ROSE BRICE: Fanny. Love him a little less. Help him a little more.

FANNY: I'm a bagel on a plate full of onion rolls!

NICK: Goodbye, funny girl.

ROSE BRICE: What kind of mother would name a boy Florence?
EDDIE RYAN (Lee Allen): It's Florenz-zzz.
ROSE BRICE: What kind of mother would name a boy Florenz-zzzzzz?

FANNY: "No law against waiting," I said, "people do it all the time." For once, I didn't say too much, I didn't say too little, I said just what I said and then walked.

FLORENZ ZIEGFELD (Walter Pidgeon): Miss Brice, do I have to remind you this is my theatre?
FANNY: So, what, nobody argues with the landlord?

FANNY: Flo! Flo, quit yelling or your ulcer will flare up.
ZIEGFELD: That's funny coming from you, you gave me that ulcer!

FANNY: If I can't tell when you're ordering roast beef and potatoes, how will I know when you're making advances?
NICK: You'll know. I'll be much more direct.

Compiled by Andrea Passafiume

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