Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand.
Barbra Streisand has been such a force on the entertainment scene for so long (her 1963 debut album, recorded when she was just 20, won an Album of the Year Grammy) that a glimpse back at her first years in show business offers fascinating insights into her evolution as a performer, and a person.
Here, on her 70th birthday (April 24), LIFE.com offers a window into the intense, emotionally fraught world Streisand inhabited and, in a sense, created for herself with her own outsized insecurities and perfectionism early in her career.
On this day in 1980, John Lennon was shot and killed by David Chapman.
Singer, songwriter, artist, activist, and pop star… Popular culture has rarely seen a talent as endlessly captivating as John Lennon. Before being shot dead by an obsessed fan in New York City in 1980, Lennon enjoyed enormous commercial and critical success with history’s most famous rock band, The Beatles.
Pictured: John and Yoko pose in December 1968. “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot,” he said.
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