Throughout this Oscar season, we are looking back at some of the great moments in the history of the award show. At the 41st Oscars in April 1969, Oscar history was made when Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tied in the Best Actress category, the first time a tie had been declared in any female acting category and the second instance of a tie in all of Oscar history.
Streisand had a star turn as Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl," a role she began in the hit Broadway musical, while Hepburn, who won Best Actress the previous year for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," earned another win for "The Lion in the Winter."
Ingrid Bergman had the honor of presenting the award that year and after she opened the envelope she said, "It's a tie!"
The audience gasped and Bergman then revealed the two winners. Hepburn did not appear at the ceremony but Streisand was on hand to collect her award.
"Hello gorgeous," Streisand said, clutching the Oscar. She would go on to win a second Oscar in 1977 for Best Original Song for "Evergreen," the theme song to "A Star Is Born."
There had only been one previous instance of a tie back in 1932 when Fredric March of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and Wallace Beery of "The Champ" tied for Best Actor.
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