Barbra Streisand returns to her hometown of Brooklyn Thursday to perform the first of two nights at the newly erected Barclays Center. But before Barbra -- who changed her name from "Barbara" at age 18 in order to be unique -- was a music legend selling out glittering 19,000-seat stadiums, she was just a young girl in Hollywood, filled with dreams and songs to sing.

Here, we celebrate the 70-year-old superstar with a slideshow capturing the best of Babs over the years.

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  • 41st Annual Academy Awards

    Barbra Streisand at the The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, California (14 Apr 1969)

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    3rd January 1966: American singer, actress, director and producer Barbra Streisand.

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    6th October 1965: American actress and singer Barbra Streisand uses the telephone in her dressing room.

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    JANUARY 23, 1966: Barbra Streisand sings to a monkey during the musical special 'Color Me Barbra' for CBS Broadcasting Inc on January 23, 1966. Copyright CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • "Funny Girl" Premiere Party

    18 Sep 1969: Barbra Streisand during 'Funny Girl' Premiere Party at Criterion Theater in New York City, New York, United States.

  • Call Me

    6th October 1965: American actress and singer Barbra Streisand talking on the telephone.

  • Barbra At The Bowl

    American actress and singer Barbra Streisand attends a pro-Israel rally at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, to raise emergency funds for Israel after the Six-Day War, 11th June 1967.

  • Streisand As Doris

    American actress Barbra Streisand in quirky lingerie as Doris in 'The Owl And The Pussycat', directed by Herbert Ross, 1970.

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    Barbra Streisand, US actress and singer, wearing a fuchsia pink silk dress with a scoop neckline and a matching bow around the waist, circa 1965.

  • Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte

    NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 21, 1990: Actor Nick Nolte and actress/singer Barbra Streisand on August 21, 1990 on the set of the film 'The Prince of Tides' in New York City.

  • 29th Annual Grammy Awards - Press Room

    LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 24, 1997: Actress/Singer Barbra Streisand attends the 29th Annual Grammy Awards on February 24, 1987 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend BAFTA Brits To Watch Event

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 09: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge speaks to Barbara Streisand and her husband James Brolin at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch Event at the Belasco Theatre on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in attendance on the ninth day of their first joint overseas tour visiting Canada and the United States.

  • Chanel's Benefit Dinner For The Natural Resources Defense Council's Ocean Initiative

    MALIBU, CA - JUNE 04: Actors James Brolin (L) and Barbra Streisand attend Chanel's benefit dinner for the Natural Resources Defense Council's Ocean Initiative at the home of Ron & Kelly Meyer on June 4, 2011 in Malibu, California.

  • Public Counsel's William O. Douglas Award Dinner - Inside

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 18: Actress/singer Barbra Streisand (R) presents President Bill Clinton the William O. Douglas Award onstage at the Public Counsel's William O. Douglas Award Dinner held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 18, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 10th Annual "Grand Slam for Children" Fundraiser - Backstage and Audience

    Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand

  • The 77th Annual Academy Awards - Show

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Dustin Hoffman and actress Barbra Streisand appear on stage during the 77th Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.

  • 7th Annual Academy Awards

    HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 27: ***EMBARGOED FROM ONLINE USAGE OR PUBLICATION UNTIL END OF LIVE TELECAST*** Actor/direct Clint Eastwood is congratulated by Barbra Streisand after winning the oscar for best picture for 'Million Dollar Baby' during the 77th Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.

  • James Brolin, Barbra Streisand

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: US actor James Brolin and singer and actress Barbra Streisand pose for the media during the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for James Brolin 27 August in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO Frederick M. Brown

  • Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

    HOLLYWOOD, : US actress/singer Barbra Streisand (R) fixes US actor Robert Redford's (L) hair as he receives an honorary Oscar during the 74th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, 24 March 2002.

  • 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

    LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Actors James Brolin and Barbra Streisand attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

  • 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Actors James Brolin and wife Barbra Streisand attend the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 25, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Barbra Streisand In Concert

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 8: Barbra Streisand performs on the opening night of her 'Back To Brooklyn' tour at the Wells Fargo Center on October 8, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.