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Stunning Photos and Behind-the-Scenes from ‘Funny Girl (1968)’

Funny Girl is a 1968 biographical musical comedy-drama film starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, and Sharon Vaughn. It is loosely based on Fanny Brice’s life and career as a Broadway and film actor and comedian, as well as her stormy relationship with businessman Nicky Arnstein. William Wyler directed, and Ray Stark produced the film. Funny Girl was nominated for seven awards, including Best Picture, Sound, Song, Musical Scoring, Editing, Cinematography, and Supporting Actress.

The movie features the story of Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand), who wants nothing more than to be a star in show business and, after a rocky start, thinks she has made it when she gets a part in a Ziegfeld show. Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon) and Fanny clash over various issues due to Fanny’s strong personality, but her talent shines through, and she eventually becomes a major star. She falls madly in love with gambler Nicky Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Fanny becomes upset and angry because of his gambling habits, which get him into trouble with the police. However, she overcomes these obstacles to focus on her career and achieves her ambition to become a Broadway star.

The timing of this movie could not have been better for Streisand. In the late 1960s, a new generation of stars emerged. Unlike their predecessors, the current crop of stars does not have the super models’ looks or sculpted bodies. Omar Sharif was a wise choice as the wanderlust husband and card shark Nicky Arnstein. As the global-gambling playboy, he’s polished, proud, and at ease, so you can see the ungainly Fanny putting this glossy god on a pedestal. As Fanny, Barbra Streisand delivered one of the most natural and breathtaking historical performances. Barbra’s iconic vocal performance makes the movie a musical masterpiece.

#1 Streisand as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Streisand as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#2 Barbra Streisand and husband actor Elliott Gould arrive at the premiere of her movie Funny Girl at the Criterion Theater on Broadway, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and husband actor Elliott Gould arrive at the premiere of her movie Funny Girl at the Criterion Theater on Broadway, 1968.

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#3 Mayor John Lindsay greets Barbra Streisand at the New York premiere of her first movie, “Funny Girl.”

Mayor John Lindsay greets Barbra Streisand at the New York premiere of her first movie, "Funny Girl."

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#4 Elliott Gould and his wife Barbra Streisand at the premiere of William Wyler’s ‘Funny Girl’, New York City, 18th September 1968.

Elliott Gould and his wife Barbra Streisand at the premiere of William Wyler's 'Funny Girl', New York City, 18th September 1968.

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#5 Elliot Gould and wife Barbra Streisand at premiere of “Funny Girl”

Elliot Gould and wife Barbra Streisand at premiere of "Funny Girl"

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#6 Barbra Streisand is interviewed by New York Mayor John V. Lindsay at the premiere of the movie “Funny Girl.”

Barbra Streisand is interviewed by New York Mayor John V. Lindsay at the premiere of the movie "Funny Girl."

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#7 Barbra Streisand during a ballet scene from the movie ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand during a ballet scene from the movie 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#8 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#9 Barbra Streisand on the set of the movie ‘Funny Girl’ with director William Wyler, 1968.

Barbra Streisand on the set of the movie 'Funny Girl' with director William Wyler, 1968.

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#10 Barbra Streisand opens her coat to reveal a yellow nightgown as reporters gather around her in a still from the film ‘Funny Girl’ 1968

Barbra Streisand opens her coat to reveal a yellow nightgown as reporters gather around her in a still from the film 'Funny Girl' 1968

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#11 Barbra Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#12 Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif as Nicky Arnstein in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#13 Barbra Streisand outside the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, home of the Ziegfeld Follies, 1968.

Barbra Streisand outside the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, home of the Ziegfeld Follies, 1968.

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#14 Barbra Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#15 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#16 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

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#17 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

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#18 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#19 Omar Sharif attends the premiere of “Funny Girl” in Los Angeles.

Omar Sharif attends the premiere of "Funny Girl" in Los Angeles.

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#20 Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, and Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, as Nick Arnstein, in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968

Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, and Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, as Nick Arnstein, in 'Funny Girl', 1968

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#21 Barbra Streisand, as Fanny Brice and Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein, in a promotional portrait for ‘Funny Girl’, 1968

Barbra Streisand, as Fanny Brice and  Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein, in a promotional portrait for 'Funny Girl', 1968

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#22 Barbra Streisand leans on a table next to a man in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand leans on a table next to a man in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#23 Director William Wyler rehearses scene with Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif on the set of the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Director William Wyler rehearses scene with Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif on the set of the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#24 Lee Allen, Barbra Streisand, and Omar Sharif stand at a bar in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Lee Allen, Barbra Streisand, and Omar Sharif stand at a bar in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#25 Barbra Streisand with her mother Kay Medford in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand with her mother Kay Medford in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#26 Anne Francis in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Anne Francis in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#27 Walter Pidgeon in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Walter Pidgeon in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#28 Kay Medford in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Kay Medford in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#29 Omar Sharif at card table in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif at card table in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#30 Omar Sharif scares maid with stuffed animal in a scene from the film ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif scares maid with stuffed animal in a scene from the film 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#31 William Wyler, Omar Sharif, and Barbara Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

William Wyler, Omar Sharif, and Barbara Streisand in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#32 William Wyler, Omar Sharif, and Barbara Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

William Wyler, Omar Sharif, and Barbara Streisand in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#33 Omar Sharif,Barbara Streisand and William Wylerin ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif,Barbara Streisand and William Wylerin 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#34 Omar Sharif, Barbra Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif, Barbra Streisand in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#35 Barbra Streisand, Walter Pidgeon in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand, Walter Pidgeon in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#36 Barbra Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#37 Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#38 Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice and actor Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice and actor Omar Sharif as Nick Arnstein in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#39 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#40 Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#41 Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#42 Omar Sharif in ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif in 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#43 Director William Wyler during the filing of ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Director William Wyler during the filing of 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#44 Barbra Streisand and William Wyler during the filming of ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and William Wyler during the filming of 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#45 Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif at Premiere of ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif at Premiere of 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#46 Omar Sharif with Frances Brice-Stark (daughter of Fannie Brice and Nick Arnstein) attends the premiere of ‘Funny Girl’, 1968.

Omar Sharif with Frances Brice-Stark (daughter of Fannie Brice and Nick Arnstein) attends the premiere of 'Funny Girl', 1968.

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#47 Omar Sharif, Barbra Streisand, 1968

Omar Sharif, Barbra Streisand, 1968

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#48 Barbra Streisand, Kay Medford Fanny (Barbra Streisand) is appraised by her mother Rose (Kay Medford), 1968.

Barbra Streisand, Kay Medford Fanny (Barbra Streisand) is appraised by her mother Rose (Kay Medford), 1968.

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