SAG Awards: Barbra Streisand honored with Life Achievement Award

Los Angeles, California - Legendary actor and director Barbra Streisand received a career-spanning honor at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday.

Barbra Streisand receives the SAG Life Achievement Award during the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Barbra Streisand receives the SAG Life Achievement Award during the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California.  © REUTERS

During the ceremony, held at LA's Shrine Auditorium and streamed live on Netflix the acclaimed actor and director was presented the SAG Life Achievement Award by by Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper, who paid tribute to her talents and her impact on and off the screen.

The SAG Life Achievement Award is given annually to a performer who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." Previous recipients of the honor include Sally Field, Helen Mirren, Robert De Niro, Alan Alda, Morgan Freeman, Lily Tomlin, and Carol Burnett.

"Barbra Streisand is an icon and unparalleled talent, a force of nature who has seamlessly woven her brilliance through the fabric of our industry," said SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher when the honor was announced.

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"From her earliest days captivating audiences on Broadway to her unforgettable roles in cinematic classics like Funny Girl, The Way We Were, and A Star Is Born, Barbra's ability to inhabit her characters with authenticity is nothing short of extraordinary."

"Her enduring career is a testament to her genuine performances, connecting with audiences on a profound level. She is a colossal icon with a relentless work ethic, evolving with each stage of her remarkable journey. We celebrate Barbra Streisand not just for her achievements but for the enduring legacy she has carved."

Barbra Streisand opens up on her dreams to become an actor

Bradley Cooper (l.) and Jennifer Aniston (r.) present the SAG Life Achievement Award to Barbra Streisand during the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Bradley Cooper (l.) and Jennifer Aniston (r.) present the SAG Life Achievement Award to Barbra Streisand during the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards.  © REUTERS

Earlier this week, Streisand opened up in an interview with the Los Angeles Times about the first time she realized she wanted to become an actor.

"It was when I first saw Marlon Brando when I was 13," she said. "I had to become an actress, there was no turning back. Acting has to be a passion that you can't ignore. It's like a calling. If it's just a simple decision like between one career and another, forget it. You have to be strong enough to take the kind of rejection actors get. ... And as far as me acting again is concerned, I'll never say never again."

Though Streisand notoriously hates attending award shows, she also told The Times why she's attending this year's SAG Awards.

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"I'm attending this award show because they told me in advance that I got the award! No trauma or drama," she explained. "And I'm very proud to be a member of SAG since 1961. I also like the fact that Fran Drescher and so many actors marched and worked very hard to get what they campaigned for."

Streisand added that it was all meant to be: "The numbers were right – my lucky number is 24. The number 2 and the number 4, and this award falls on 2-24-24."

Cover photo: REUTERS

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