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Barbra Streisand's first TV special

Published 6:29 AM ET, Thu April 28, 2016
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Barbra Streisand performs on the set of her first television special, "My Name Is Barbra," on April 28, 1965. Streisand was 22 years old when it was filmed. The hourlong show won five Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards, and the album that came with it won a Grammy. The success underlined just how much of a star Streisand had become in a short period of time. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Streisand tapes a scene inside Bergdorf Goodman, a department store on New York's Fifth Avenue. Streisand rose to stardom earlier in the decade with Grammy-winning albums and the lead role in the Broadway comedy "Funny Girl" in 1964. (She later won a Best Actress Oscar for the film version of "Funny Girl" in 1969.) CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
"My Name is Barbra" was broken up into three acts and showcased Streisand's versatility as a performer. "The show was rich in comedy, dancing, fashion and many songs -- ballads, rhythms and tunes with spirit," said Larry Wolters in a review for the Chicago Tribune. He called the show "dazzling -- one that you won't forget -- nor will we." CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Streisand rehearses a couple weeks before the show aired. CBS via Getty Images
"It has often been said of some performers that they possess a talent and maturity beyond their years, that they must have been old when they were only the age of 3. Barbra Streisand is in this category," wrote Hal Humphrey of the Los Angeles Times. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Streisand sits on a kettledrum during a rehearsal. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Streisand would go on to do more television specials in the 1960s, including "Color Me Barbra," "The Belle of 14th Street" and "A Happening in Central Park." CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images