On April 22, 2013, just two days before her birthday, Lincoln Center will be singing the praises of Barbra Streisand. They won’t be paying tribute to her voice alone however. It will be the Film Society of Lincoln Center leading the way in a Streisand salute, presenting her with the 40th Annual Chaplin Award, a prize named for its first honoree Charles Chaplin.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center chose Barbra Streisand because she is a two-time Oscar winter, the first American woman artist to receive credit as writer, director, producer and star of a major feature film, “Yentl.”
In a statement, Ann Tenenbaum, The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman, said, “The Board is very excited to have Barbra Streisand as the next recipient of The Chaplin Award. She is an artist whose long career of incomparable achievements is most powerfully expressed by the fact that her acclaimed ‘Yentl’ was such a milestone film. We welcome her to the list of masterful directors who have been prior recipients of the Chaplin Award Tribute.”
In the past 40 years, The Film Society’s Annual Gala has honored many of the film industry’s most notable talents, including Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Sidney Poitier, and last year, Catherine Deneuve.
The Executive Director of the Film Society, Rose Kuo, said of Streisand’s selection, “Barbra is an American icon whose groundbreaking work significantly opened the doors for other female filmmakers. She has been an inspiration to me and so many of my peers. She is the perfect recipient for our 40th anniversary because, like our award’s namesake, she is a world class, multi-faceted film artist.”
The Chaplin Award is just the latest feather in her cap. As her biography notes, she is the only artist ever to receive an Academy Award, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France’s Legion d’honneur as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Barbra Streisand will be at Lincoln Center on April 22 to receive her latest honor. The event will be attended by a host of notable guests and celebrities honoring her legendary, groundbreaking career. The tribute will feature film and interview clips culminating in the presentation of The Chaplin Award.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema. It is currently under the leadership of Rose Kuo, Executive Director, and Robert Koehler, Year Round Program Director, works to recognize and support new directors, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility and understanding of film.
The show is not televised, although highlights will likely appear online and in news coverage. For ticketing and additional information, go to filmlinc.com/gala.