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Before she was Barbra, she was Barbara, a homely Brooklyn kid who had an unshakable belief that she would be a star. What she didn’t think was that fame would come through her singing voice. Streisand wanted to be an actress; she saw Shakespeare in her future, not Fanny Brice. Mann takes readers from the day Streisand took the train from Brooklyn to Manhattan and ends with her as the toast of Broadway. He seems to have gotten closer than most to some friends and coworkers of the early Streisand—first love Barry Dennen, first husband Elliott Gould, manager Marty Erlichman—and he’s lucky that she left a paper trail of interviews. Mann seems to have combed through every one, looked at the old videos, and has even gone as far as to check Noël Coward’s schedule for 1960 to prove he could not have seen Streisand sing at Bon Soir. Though some of this is well-trod ground, Streisand fans will come away feeling they’ve had a ringside seat at her early career, and they will leave the show applauding. --Ilene Cooper
I got this book about 6 months ago, and am still reading it off and on. I lose interest in it at times because there is way too much speculation. Is this fiction or non-fiction? Read morePublished 14 days ago by mike kent
It was really interesting to read about how she started her career.Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Manney
Learned many new and interesting things. Book seemed well researched.Published 2 months ago by Pat Boland
Very interesting book. Well written & very informative book about the life of Barbara Streisand. She certainly paid her dues & came up the hard way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pam
Not well written. Some of the adjectives were ridiculous ... words rarely used in modern writing. The constant beginning of each sentence with "Barbra". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jean
It moved slowly and jumped around. I feel it showed Barbra in a gray light.Published 3 months ago by Connie Ann Bibb
Wonderfully written account of Barbra's early years. It reads like a novel and is filled with wonderful tidbits. I devoured
it like a bottomless bag of popcorn...