Becoming Barbra Streisand
William J. Mann
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“Barbra Streisand’s story may be the most triumphant case of revenge in show business history . . . Mann vividly evokes the atmosphere of Streisand’s New York.”—New York Times
In 1960, Barbra Streisand was just a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn kid with plenty of talent but no connections and certainly no money; her mother brought her soup to make sure she stayed fed as she took acting classes and scraped out a living. Just four years later, she was the top-selling female recording artist in America and the star of one of Broadway’s biggest hits. In Hello, Gorgeous, the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes story of how Streisand and her team transformed her from an unknown dreamer into one of the world’s most beloved superstars.
“Trying to figure out the Barbra Streisand mystique is no easy task, but author William Mann expertly captures the launch of her remarkable career in the early 1960s when a unique ‘star was born’ . . . Mann's meticulous research and insightful analysis go deeper than any previous biography: shedding light on the formative years that shaped Streisand's persona, debunking some myths . . . and providing a cultural snapshot of the wild and free-spirited era in which Streisand blossomed.”—USA Today
“In his masterful book, Mann captures one of the most fully realized pictures of the multi-hyphenate superstar to date . . . Many books have been written about Streisand but few, if any, put readers as close to the subject as Mann does."—Miami Herald
It was a descent read, a good style. If the reader was a Striesand fan, there was very little new information, it was stuff that was known and put out there since the beginning. There were some long and involved narratives that we're mildly interesting. I think the ending was not good at all. There was lots of pages of the Funny Girl saga and after that it ended abruptly. As though she were going to write much more but the editor came in a told her to wrap the book up in 10 minutes.
Really enjoyed this book..quick reading, intriguing facts about Barbra. This is my first read about La Streisand & thought that the author portrayed her in real life terms. Makes it easy to understand why her behaviors are such!