Happy Birthday wishes, and a collective Mazel Tov, to Barbra Streisand, who turns 73 on Friday.

The rare EGOT winner – someone who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony –  began her week donning a beret at the “Women In The World” summit where she spoke about the importance of being valued.

Known as an “unconventional” beauty who refused to alter her image for Hollywood, Babs is a hero to many fans. But she simply calls herself an “actress who sings.”

Born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn in 1942, she got her big break at age 20 in the Broadway show, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, before staring on stage– and screen– in Funny Girl. She is best known as a mega-selling vocalist and for other roles in A Star Is Born and The Way We Were. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to write, produce, direct and act in a major film.

Streisand posted on Facebook today that she was taken to a pre-birthday dinner by husband James Brolin and friends where she enjoyed all her “childhood comfort foods” at the Ralph Lauren Polo Bar in New York.

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