THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy 70th Birthday, Gorgeous! Here's to Barbra Streisand (Video)

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In 1964 Funny Girl opened on Broadway, officially solidifying the growing star status of a young girl from Flatbush, Brooklyn, named Barbra Streisand. Since then, it is nearly impossible to think of Fanny Brice without thinking of Streisand as well.

Drawing by Ken Fallin
Drawing by Ken Fallin

We don't need to give you a full history of Streisand's stage, film and musical credits, because most of you already know them, but the icon has worn many hats throughout her career, including singer, actress, songwriter, director, producer, author and activist. The list keeps growing.

April 24, 2012, marks Streisand's 70th birthday. Playbill.com has collected some of our favorites, putting special focus on some lesser-known appearances from the early 1960's when Streisand was just starting out. Some are rare, some are well-known, but what they have in common is that they showcase a unique talent that was both fresh and astonishingly polished at only 20 years old.

View her page on the Playbill Vault here.

Happy Birthday, Barbra - here's to life and many more happy days.

Turning "Happy Days Are Here Again" on its head with this little scene on "The Garry Moore Show" in 1962.

Like Judy Garland, Streisand knows how to handle a Harold Arlen tune. Not even 20 years-old in 1961, here's Barbra's very first television appearance on "The Jack Paar Show" performing "A Sleepin' Bee."

At 21 years old, Streisand was already proving why some songs should never be touched once she's done with them. Knocking out "Down With Love" on "The Judy Garland Show" in 1963.

1967: "A Happening in Central Park," swinging through "Cry Me A River."

"When the Sun Comes Out" from the final section of "My Name Is Barbra."

Holding her own with a clearly delighted Judy Garland as the two offer their famous duet "Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again."

Babs shows off her comic side in "I'm Five" from "My Name Is Barbra."

A very young Barbra showing some sass and swing on "Lover Come Back to Me."

"Gotta Move" on "The Bob Hope Show."

The finale to her first television special, "My Name Is Barbra." Here she sings "The Music That Makes Me Dance" from Funny Girl and Fanny Brice's signature "My Man."

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