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He described her as an "exciting new singer. She was later a cohost on the Mike Douglas Showand also made an impact on a number of Bob Hope specials. Performing with her on the Ed Sullivan Show was Liberace who became an instant fan of the young singer.
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Liberace is credited with introducing Barbra to Western American audiences. With her career and popularity rising so quickly, she saw her marriage to Gould as a "stabilizing influence. Streisand received an honorary "Star of the Decade" Tony Award in From to she appeared in her first four solo television specials.
Career This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. Starting inshe began attempting more contemporary material, but like many talented singers of the day, she found herself out of her element with rock. Her vocal talents prevailed, and she gained newfound success with the pop and ballad-oriented Richard Perry -produced album Stoney End in The title trackwritten by Laura Nyrowas a major hit for Streisand.
As the s ended, Streisand was named the most successful female singer in the U. The album contained the hits " Woman in Love " which spent several weeks on top of the pop charts in the fall of" Guilty ", and " What Kind of Fool ". After years of largely ignoring Broadway and traditional pop music in favor of more contemporary material, Streisand returned to her musical-theater roots with 's The Broadway Albumwhich was unexpectedly successful, holding the coveted No.
The album featured tunes by Rodgers and HammersteinGeorge GershwinJerome Kernand Stephen Sondheimwho was persuaded to rework some of his songs especially for this recording. The Broadway Album was met with acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for album of the year and handed Streisand her eighth Grammy as Best Female Vocalist. After releasing the live album One Voice inStreisand was set to release another album of Broadway songs in Streisand was not happy with the direction of the project and it was scrapped.
At the beginning of the s, Streisand started focusing on her film directorial efforts and became almost inactive in the recording studio. Ina four-disc box set, Just for the Record, was released.
A compilation spanning Streisand's entire career to date, it featured over 70 tracks of live performances, greatest hits, rarities and previously unreleased material. Streisand's music career, however, was largely on hold. A appearance at an APLA benefit as well as the aforementioned inaugural performance hinted that Streisand was becoming more receptive to the idea of live performances.
A tour was suggested, though Streisand would not immediately commit to it, citing her well-known stage fright as well as security concerns. During this time, Streisand finally returned to the recording studio and released Back to Broadway in June The album was not as universally lauded as its predecessor, but it did debut at No.
Tickets for the tour were sold out in under an hour. Streisand also appeared on the covers of major magazines in anticipation of what Time magazine named "The Music Event of the Century". The tour was one of the biggest all-media merchandise parlays in history. The Concert went on to be the top-grossing concert of the year and earned five Emmy Awards and the Peabody Awardwhile the taped broadcast on HBO was the highest-rated concert special in HBO's year history.
Following the tour's conclusion, Streisand once again kept a low profile musically, instead focusing her efforts on acting and directing duties as well as a burgeoning romance with actor James Brolin.
It reached 8 on the Billboard Hotand was her first significant hit in almost a decade and her first top 10 hit on the Hot and first gold single since The album received generally favorable reviews and once again debuted at No. Following her marriage to Brolin inStreisand recorded an album of love songs entitled A Love Like Ours the following year. Reviews were mixed, with many critics complaining about the somewhat syrupy sentiments and overly-lush arrangements; however, it did produce a modest hit for Streisand in the country-tinged "If You Ever Leave Me", a duet with Vince Gill.
On New Year's EveStreisand returned to the concert stage, selling out in the first few hours, eight months before her return. A two-disc live album of the concert entitled Timeless: Live in Concert was released in Streisand performed versions of the Timeless concert in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, in early In advance of four concerts two each in Los Angeles and New York in SeptemberStreisand announced that she was retiring from playing public concerts.
Her performance of the song " People " was broadcast on the Internet via America Online. Streisand's most recent albums have been Christmas Memoriesa somewhat somber collection of holiday songs, and The Movie Albumfeaturing famous film themes and backed by a large symphony orchestra. The song is included on Bennett's 80th birthday album, Duets.
In Septemberthe pair filmed a live performance of the song for a special directed by Rob Marshall entitled Tony Bennett: Streisand's duet with Bennett opened the special. InStreisand announced her intent to tour again, in an effort to raise money and awareness for multiple issues. Special guests Il Divo were interwoven throughout the show.
The show was known as Streisand: Streisand's concert tour set box-office records. She set the third-place record for her show of October 9, at Madison Square Garden, the first- and second-place records, of which are held by her two shows in September She set the second-place record at MGM Grand Garden Arena with her December 31,show being the house record and highest-grossing concert of all time. The Ireland date was marred by issues with serious parking and seating problems leading to the event's being dubbed a fiasco by Hot Press.
In FebruaryForbes listed Streisand as the No. This album debuted at No. On February 1,Streisand joined over eighty other artists in recording a new version of the charity single " We Are the World ".
Then I thought of Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general, recently announced gubernatorial candidate, and victim of a tragic tree-falling accident in Houston that left him paralyzed in The Victoria woman found herself living a nightmare in after she was diagnosed with Stage IV terminal breast cancer, based on what her doctor believed were enlarged lymph nodes.
She quit her clerical job in a doctor's office and underwent seven months of intensive chemotherapy. When she was told she had only months to live, she began planning her funeral, giving away precious belongings and arranging for hospice care. She started taking anxiety medications to deal with the stress of it all.
Another doctor at the University of Texas M. Anderson Cancer Center performed a biopsy, which the initial oncologist, Ahmad I. Qadri, had not done, and found no cancer. Garcia hadn't needed hospice, and she hadn't even needed the chemotherapy, although it would have been an option since she'd had a previous cancerous tumor removed. State District Judge Skipper Koetter told me Tuesday when he receives the final judgment from attorneys he'll comply with the law and reduce Garcia's award.
I think it was fair that it was capped," the judge told me, but he also noted that he doesn't make the laws in this state. But as governor, he would have a great deal of influence over those who do make the laws. When I called him for a comment, Abbot said his stance on tort reform was informed by his time as a judge in Harris County: I also presided over a lot of cases where the lawsuits were absolutely frivolous.
He explained that his own personal injury case was very different from medical malpractice claims, and a jogger out today in Houston who is hit by a tree could access the same remedies. Studies have since found no evidence of that. Nor did tort reform cause doctors to move to Texas in greater numbers," Charles Silver, a University of Texas law professor, told me when I asked about his study of the issue.
What I know is what I have heard first-hand. I've had countless doctors tell me 'we're getting out of the practice of medicine because of medical malpractice. You just gotta move on. And this is all you're going to get. Your award is limited.
I was given what the insurance policies had. That was the way it worked for me. You received a multimillion-dollar settlement that helped you support your family while you got your life back on track. You received what seems fair compensation for the harm you suffered. The question is why Herlinda Garcia isn't entitled to the same. And even after she finally agreed to come out of retirement to turn around a struggling dropout factory plagued by gang violence, the former assistant superintendent planned to stay only a few months.
After all, she thought, how effective could an old white lady from West U be as principal of a poor, largely minority campus where fewer than half graduated, where hundreds of students were suspended a year, where a simple assembly could prompt a riot. A place where teachers welcomed her with a dead fish on her desk and cigarette butts in her toilet.
That was 13 years ago. The nearly year-old principal stayed, outlasting the haters and taming the gangs, who stopped fighting, at least on campus. She's still trolling the halls of Furr High School, hugging or fist-bumping every kid along the way.
She arrives at 6: It's a different world now. Suspensions were down to 17 last year, the lowest of any comprehensive Houston high school. Simmons rules with tough love, wickedly clever wit and a black robe she dons for Principal's Court, complete with student jurors.
The dropout rate, as the district calculates it, is less than 1 percent and the graduation rate is nearly 91 percent, Simmons says. She started an in-house charter to keep young adults from dropping out. Inthe College Board honored her with the prestigious Inspiration Award. At the time, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier praised Simmons, saying "Furr is a good example of the type of turnaround that can happen" by combining college-level courses, effective teachers and "an outstanding principal.
She's not worthy of praise, or a raise. The veteran educator who has given 52 years of her life, and much of her retirement, to Houston public schools is now on a "growth plan," a tool targeting low-performers that requires them to get better or lose their jobs. Of the 24 principals identified for growth plans this year, 14 have already resigned, retired, or indicated they're leaving, HISD spokesman Jason Spencer said.
He noted that growth plans are offered only to those educators the district believes can improve. Others are simply shown the door. The reason Simmons made the list? Test scores, she says. Furr students not only fell behind in SAT performance and Advanced Placement exams, but the percentage passing all subjects on the state's standardized test fell eight points from toto just 56 percent passing.
HISD's passing rate was unchanged at 71 percent, Spencer said. About 93 percent of Furr's students are economically disadvantaged, but even so, the school's scores in several areas lag those of Sharpstown and Lee, which have similar percentages of poor students.
Simmons acknowledges recent declines. She takes responsibility, saying budget cuts led her to reduce teacher planning time, which was a mistake, because teachers weren't meeting regularly to discuss student progress or concerns. She restored planning time this year by "creative budgeting," that includes increasing class sizes.
As for the growth plan, she doesn't take offense. If some of her teachers have to be on one, she should, too, she says. It's really hard to demean me, because I want to keep improving and getting better and better.
It's beyond my comprehension. It's absurd," she says. Her big picture includes things that tests can't measure. A school that has 15 gangs, but little violence. A school that didn't even have a band when she arrived but is now a fine arts magnet with music, theater and dance. A school that once had no parental involvement but is now flush with volunteers and dozens who meet twice a month for lattes and cappuccinos with the principal in the campus "coffee shop," staffed by culinary students.
Lucy Cano is one of those parents. She could have sent her daughter to a glistening new Wheatley High School just down the road, but it didn't feel safe. Instead, she drives 10 minutes out of her way to Furr.
Simmons isn't perfect, but she's got heart and hope and dedication in reserve. She plucked a throwaway school out of the trash bin and gave its students a fighting chance. But our test-obsessed culture doesn't give points for that. We've reduced leadership to a bubble sheet. We've reduced a miracle-worker to a growth plan. Bertie Simmons didn't ask to be here.
But if the superintendent knows what's best for Furr, he'll do all he can to make sure she stays. July 12, By Lisa Falkenberg "Yes. I do want to end abortion," state Sen. Dan Patrick told a Houston Chronicle reporter Thursday. And with those words, Patrick, the father of the infamous sonogram bill and recently announced GOP candidate for lieutenant governor, confirmed the real motivation behind legislation the Senate considers today to drastically restrict abortion rights in Texas.
Of course, Patrick was quick to follow up, for cover-your-butt purposes in case of future litigation: But Patrick's comment confirmed something else: In reality, almost every single one of us would like to end abortion, or, more accurately, the circumstances and tragedies that lead to abortion. We'd love to live in a world where every pregnancy is planned, every baby is wanted and healthy and loved enough to thrive in this hard world. We live in reality, though.
And the reality is this: No law, no vote-hungry politician, no movement of well-meaning citizens and yes, I do believe most of the pro-lifers are well meaningwill ever end abortion.
A pastor who attended the Austin news conference where Patrick made his remarks was quoted saying "abortion began in Texas, and I pray it ends in Texas. It was legal in some states years before the landmark Texas case Roe v.
Wade legalized abortion nationwide. But as long as there has been sex, there has been unplanned pregnancy. And as long as there has been unplanned pregnancy, there has been abortion.