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SAG Awards: Barbra Streisand receives Lifetime Achievement honour


Barbra Streisand recalled "dreaming of being an actress as a teenager" as she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday (24.02.24).
The 81-year-old entertainer joked it was "wonderful" to receive the accolade because she didn't have to sit and "squirm" while watching someone else accept a prize she'd been nominated for before reflecting on the early days of her career.
She said: “This is such a wonderful award to get because you know in advance you’re going to get it. You don’t have to sit there in squirm… And if you don’t have to put on such a happy face, ‘I’m so happy to lose!’ Anyway, you all know what I mean.
“I can’t believe it. I remember dreaming of being an actress as a teenager, sitting in my bed in Brooklyn with a pint of coffee ice cream and a movie magazine.”
The 'Yentl' star went on to reflect on her life-long love of movies, including watching “the most beautiful actor” and her “first crush” Marlon Brando in 1954's 'Guys and Dolls.'
She said: “He was so real, so believable. And I wanted to be the one he fell in love with, not Jean Simmons.”
Barbra reflected on her six-decade career as she thanked the actors and directors she had worked with over the years, including Warner Bros., Samuel Goldwyn, Louis B. Mayer and William Eyler, before paying tribute to the stars in the room at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.
She said: "I want to thank you for giving me so much joy, just watching all of you on the screen," she sweetly concluded. "Thank you for that."
Jennifer Aniston had earlier paid tribute to her friend, even joking about how they had once shared a kiss on New Year's Eve.
She also said: “Barbara, that’s all you have to say and you know.
"That face, that voice, that talent. It is a once-in-a-lifetime talent and how lucky that it is in our lifetime.”
Following her lengthy tribute, Bradley Cooper - who played Jackson Maine in the 2018 remake of 'A Star is Born' - made a surprise appearance to give a second tribute to the iconic star, hailing her a "true auteur".