04/24/2013 03:58 pm ET

Barbra Streisand Birthday: Music Legend Turns 71

Happy birthday, Barbra Streisand! The music legend turns 71 years old today (April 24), which means that her career of entertaining us all as a singer, actress and Hollywood icon has spanned some five decades.

Streisand -- who changed her name from "Barbara" to the more unconventional "Barbra" at age 18 -- was born in Brooklyn and returned to the New York borough last fall for an epic homecoming concert at the newly erected Barclays Center, to a crowd of 18,000. But despite selling out thousand-person arenas or recent roles in comedies like "The Guilt Trip" and "Meet The Fockers," to most, Babs will always be the girl they fell in love with in 1968's "Funny Girl."

Fifty studio albums, eight Grammys and two Academy Awards later, we think one of the industry's most beloved entertainers has a lot to celebrate on her 71st birthday.

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