On this day in Streisand history: Barbra receives a Tony Award as Star of the Decade.
(April 19, 1970)
"I’ve got the joy, the very great joy of giving a special award to a star of extraordinary brightness. The star, certainly of this theatrical decade. She’s brought to millions everywhere the excitement of the Broadway theatre. "The Owl and the Pussycat," "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever," films to come, "Hello, Dolly!" already with us. These are some of her films. She’s won an Oscar. We’ve all heard her recordings, played them again and again. And she’s won a Grammy. We’ve seen her television performances, and rightly, she’s won an Emmy. And now this evening she’s receiving the Tony, specially inscribed with the words, "Star of the Decade," the first person to have won all four major awards.
Ladies and gentlemen, Broadway’s “Funny Girl,” Miss Barbra Streisand.”
- David Frost