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Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter

Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter

Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade
—From the film's most famous number, "Don't Rain On My Parade"

A 1964 musical based on the life of Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, Funny Girl was the breakthrough role of Barbra Streisand. In 1968, William Wyler directed the film version, also starring Streisand, who tied with Katherine Hepburn for the Best Actress Oscar. Basically, it chronicles the life of Brice from her humble beginnings to her meeting her future first husband, poker player Nick Arnstein. She becomes famous in the Follies, but leaves to marry him. He eventually runs himself into financial ruin, and is busted for his part in a bonds scam.

A Sequel to the film version, Funny Lady, was released in 1975. While Funny Girl was met with critical acclaim, Funny Lady was widely panned, becoming one of the lowest rated movie musicals in history. Ironic, because Funny Girl is one of the most highest rated movie musicals in history.


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