Barbra Streisand can add another award to her mantel when the Film Society of Lincoln Center presents her with the Chaplin Award at its 40th Annual Chaplin Award Gala April 22. "Barbra Streisand is an American icon whose groundbreaking work significantly opened the doors for other female filmmakers. She has been an inspiration to me and so many of my peers," said the society's Executive Director Rose Kuo. "She is the perfect recipient for our 40th anniversary because, like our award's namesake, she is a world-class, multi-faceted film artist."
Also read: Barbra Streisand Remembers Marvin Hamlisch: 'A Beautiful Human Being' Streisand is one of the rare performers to achieve EGOT status, with Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards to her credit. She has been nominated for five Oscars and won two, for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 1968's "Funny Girl," and for Best Original Song in 1977 for "Evergreen" from "A Star Is Born." In addition, the three films she directed -- "Yentl," "The Prince of Tides" and "The Mirror Has Two Faces" -- picked up 14 Oscar nods. In 1965, Streisand received her first Emmy Award, for "My Name is Barbra." She picked up two Emmys in 1995 for "Barbra: The Concert" and another in 2001 for "Timeless: Live in Concert." On Broadway, she appeared in the 1964 stage production of "Funny Girl" after making her debut in 1962 in "I Can Get It for You Wholesale." She received a special Tony Award in 1970. She also has won up eight Grammy Awards.
The film society launched its annual gala in 1972, honoring Charlie Chaplin, and the award was later renamed for the silent film star. Previous recipients include Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Sidney Poitier and Bette Davis.