Funny Girl is a 1968 romantic musical film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is based on the life and career of Broadway and film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nicky Arnstein. The film was produced by Brice's son-in-law, Ray Stark. The score is by Bob Merrill (lyrics) and Jule Styne (music). Barbra Streisand, reprising her Broadway role, shared the Academy Award for Best Actress with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter. In 2006, the American Film Institute ranked the film number 16 on its list commemorating AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals. Previously it had ranked the film number 41 in its 2002 list of 100 Years .100 Passions, the songs People and Don't Rain on My Parade at number 13 and number 46, respectively, in its 2004 list of 100 Years ... 100 Songs, and the line Hello, gorgeous at number 81 in its 2005 list of 100 Years ... 100 Movie Quotes. Set in and around New York City just prior to and following World War I, the story opens with Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) awaiting the return of husband Nicky Arnstein (Omar
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