Barbra Streisand will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Cecil B. DeMille career achievement award.

Announcement Wednesday morning by Angelica Huston at the Beverly Hilton Hotel kicks off the Golden Globes’ 2000 kudos countdown.

HFPA prexy Helmut Voss said of the DeMille honor: “This award is long deserved because (Streisand) is this giant being, such an amazing personality and active in so many different parts of the entertainment business.”

Streisand, who boasts seven Golden Globe wins — more than any other artist — has also acted, directed and sung her way to two Academy Awards (best actress in 1968’s “Funny Girl” and best song for “Evergreen” from 1976’s “A Star Is Born”), eight Grammy wins, 42 gold and 25 platinum albums, and two Emmys, both for 1995’s “Barbra Streisand: The Concert.”

“The vote for her was quite overwhelming,” Voss added. “So it’s appropriate to start the millennium off with her as the Cecil B. DeMille winner.”

Golden gal

Crowning a career spanning four decades, Streisand released this year the platinum-status album “A Love Like Ours.” Other recent accomplishments include a 1997 Golden Globe best-actress nom for “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and a starring-directing-producing role for “The Prince of Tides” (1991).

The HFPA also announced Wednesday its Miss Golden Globe 2000 — Liza Huber, star of NBC sudser “Passions” and daughter of reigning soap queen Susan Lucci.

And vet TV producer Norman Lear accepted a $50,000 donation from the HFPA on behalf of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. A USC alum himself, Lear said, “I’m confident that this check will be meaningful and will help to churn out many thoughtful journalists in the future.”

Next up on the HFPA’s plate is the unveiling of its 57th annual Golden Globe Award noms Dec. 20. The show, exec produced by Dick Clark and Barry Adelman, will be broadcast live Jan. 23 from the BevHilton on NBC.