life:

Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand.
Barbra Streisand has been such a force on the entertainment scene for so long (her 1963 debut album, recorded when she was just 20, won an Album of the Year Grammy) that a glimpse back at her first years in show business offers fascinating insights into her evolution as a performer, and a person.
Here, on her 70th birthday (April 24), LIFE.com offers a window into the intense, emotionally fraught world Streisand inhabited and, in a sense, created for herself with her own outsized insecurities and perfectionism early in her career.

life:

Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand has been such a force on the entertainment scene for so long (her 1963 debut album, recorded when she was just 20, won an Album of the Year Grammy) that a glimpse back at her first years in show business offers fascinating insights into her evolution as a performer, and a person.

Here, on her 70th birthday (April 24), LIFE.com offers a window into the intense, emotionally fraught world Streisand inhabited and, in a sense, created for herself with her own outsized insecurities and perfectionism early in her career.

Starbucks Interior in Japan by Kengo Kuma

David Bowie

David Bowie

Johnny Rotten

Johnny Rotten

Courtney Love in 1999 by Anton Corbijn

Courtney Love in 1999 by Anton Corbijn

Bjork photographed by Laura Levine, 1991

Bjork photographed by Laura Levine, 1991

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts

blue-berlin: Berlin, Botanical Garden

blue-berlin: Berlin, Botanical Garden

Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Andrew Eldritch

Andrew Eldritch

beautifuldurabrillo:

It’s not our fault. (by Brendan_Timmons)

beautifuldurabrillo:

It’s not our fault. (by Brendan_Timmons)