To that end, in her sophomore year, she took a night job at the Cherry Lane Theater in Greenwich Village helping backstage.
When she was a senior, she rehearsed for a small part in Driftwood, a play staged in a midtown attic space. At age sixteen, she graduated from Erasmus Hall in January 1959, and despite her mother's pleas that she stay out of show business, she immediately set out trying to get roles on the New York City stage.
We hung out in the front of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes." The school was near an art-movie house, and he recalls that she was always aware of the films they were showing, while he wasn't as interested.
During the summer of 1957 she got her first stage experience as a walk-on at the Playhouse in Malden Bridge, New York.
Streisand began her education at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn when she was five.In addition, she began reading novels and plays, including some by Shakespeare and Ibsen, and also on her own, studied the acting theories of Konstantin Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.She attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1955 where she became an honor student in modern history, English, and Spanish.The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical; Streisand received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the first (and to date only) woman to win that award.The RIAA and Billboard recognize Streisand as holding the record for the most top 10 albums of any female recording artist: a total of 34 since 1963.
Barbara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Diana (born Ida Rosen) and Emanuel Streisand.