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Barbra Streisand Exhibit has World Premiere at The Hollywood Museum, Dec. 1

"Barbra Streisand: The Legacy Collection" will have its world premiere at The Hollywood Museum on Thursday, December 1, 2005. The exhibit will present the largest collection of the legendary actress' costumes, personal items and memorabilia ever assembled.

Among the numerous costumes in the exhibit are gowns and wardrobe worn by Streisand in movies including The Way We Were, Yentl, A Star Is Born, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Nuts, For Pete's Sake, and The Mirror Has Two Faces, and in television specials including "My Name Is Barbra," "Color Me Barbra," "Judy (Garland) and Friends," and "The Belle of 14th Street." There is also a selection of Streisand's evening gowns worn for concerts and special events.

Among the more than 1,000 items in the exhibit are eight original contracts from Streisand's first club performances, makeup face cast, high school yearbook and scholastic memorabilia. Special historical works of art include a doll crafted by a Hollywood makeup artist when she starred in Funny Girl, original oil portraits, and even Streisand stamps. There are also set decorations from several films including Funny Girl, The Mirror Has Two Faces, and Nuts. Also featured in the exhibit will be posters for Streisand movies, life-size standees, trade ads, press materials and 45 record picture sleeves, as well as photos, books and hundreds of newspapers tracing her career.

The exhibit was assembled by Lou Papalas, who owns the largest collection of Streisand memorabilia in the world and operates the BarbraShop in Palm Springs, CA. Papalas, who worked for 36 years as a human resources executive at Ford Motor Company, retired at the age of 55 to devote himself to his passion of collecting Streisand memorabilia full time. He has assembled memorabilia from other collectors in addition to providing artifacts from his own collection for the exhibit.

Streisand has been a theatre, film and music legend for over four decades. She received Tony nominations for her Broadway debut I Can Get It For You Wholesale and for her star-making turn as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (she would receive a Star of the Decade, Hall of Fame Tony in 1970). Streisand would go on to recreate the role on film for a 1969 Oscar (she tied with Katharine Hepburn that year). She was also nominated for her performance in The Way We Were, and for her direction of The Prince of Tides. She received another Oscar for co-writing "Evergreen" for A Star is Born and was similarly nominated for "I Finally Found Someone" from The Mirror Has Two Faces. Other film credits include Hello, Dolly!, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, What's Up, Doc?, Funny Lady, Nuts and Yentl. She is also accomplished as a film producer, and did so for several of her movies.

The winner of multiple Grammy Awards, Streisand has sold many millions of records, with 49 of them gold, 30 platinum and 18 multi-platinum, according to her website. She is also the only artist to have Billboard #1 albums spanning four decades--the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s. Her many albums include Guilty, Duets, Higher Ground, Memories, Lazy Afternoon and The Broadway Album. In addition to her Tony, Oscars and Grammys, Streisand has won five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, two ASCAP Film and Television Awards, as well as the American Film Institute Award.

A 5-DVD set of Barbra Streisand: The Television Specials is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. With a November 22nd release date, the DVD set encompasses "My Name is Barbra," "Color Me Barbra," "A Happening in Central Park," "The Belle of 14th Street" and "Barbra Streisand...And Other Musical Instruments." For more information on the upcoming DVDs, visit www.barbratvshows.com. For more on Streisand, visit www.barbrastreisand.com or www.barbranews.com. Visit www.thehollywoodmuseum.com for more on the exhibit.

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