American actress, singer and director Barbra Streisand was presented the 40th annual Chaplin Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York on Monday.
The prestigious award recognizes achievement in film and honors the legendary star who has won two Oscars, one for best actress in Funny Girl and another for best original song Evergreen from her 1976 vehicle A Star Is Born.
On the red carpet of the star-studded event, Streisand said it was an honor to receive an award named after the film industry’s pioneer, Charlie Chaplin.
“Well, he was so great, and you know, so multi-gifted and talented that any honor that bears his name is fine. It’s fine. I am grateful,” the 70-year-old entertainer said.
Longtime friend Liza Minnelli said that she thought of Streisand as a pioneer in her own right.
“She was so brave and so different, and so ball-sacky. She had such guts. It was thrilling to watch. And I loved her since the first time I saw her.”
Other stars present at the gala include actors Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeremy Irons, Blythe Danner and George Segal.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also attended the gala to support their friend.
Streisand is among the few stars to have won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards.