Known In The '70s For: Playing Katie inThe Way We Were (1973)
A nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, Streisand began her career with little more than a room-filling voice, a bumpy nose, and crossed eyes. And yet out of the gates, she was winning: two Oscars, eight Grammys, five Emmys, a Tony, a Peabody, and some sort of Kennedy Center honor that might be kind of a big deal. She had spent the '60s as a hugely successful singer, but in 1968 made her film debut in Funny Girl, for which she won the Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe. Throughout the '70s, she made huge films opposite Hollywood's top WASPs: Robert Redford, in The Way We Were (1973), and Ryan O'Neal, in What's Up Doc? (1972) and The Main Event (1979). To understand Streisand as a sex symbol, you kind of had to be there, but the fact that she could hold her own onscreen opposite cowboy crooner Kris Kristofferson (in A Star is Born, 1976) counts for something.