By William J. Mann
The best-selling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor tells the electrifying tale of the way Barbra Streisand remodeled herself into the best celebrity of her period, etching “an indelible portrait of the artist as a tender woman” (Publishers Weekly).
In 1960, she used to be a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn child with lots of expertise yet no connections and definitely no funds; her mom introduced her soup to ensure she stayed fed as she took performing periods and scraped out a residing. simply 4 years later, Barbra Streisand used to be the top-selling girl recording artist in the US and the big name of 1 of Broadway’s greatest hits. Now the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes tale of ways Streisand and her group reworked her from an unknown dreamer right into a all over the world superstar.
Drawing at the deepest papers of Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, and interviewing ratings of the chums and fans who knew Barbara earlier than she grew to become Barbra, Mann recreates the vanished global of Sixties big apple urban and uncovers the reality at the back of the myths of her early life. He exhibits us how humorous woman was once slowly altered, by way of Fosse and Robbins between others, from a Fanny Brice bio right into a star-making car for Streisand; takes us into the golf equipment and onto the set for her early nightclub and tv appearances, together with her torch-handing flip with Judy Garland; and introduces the canny advertising staff whose concepts made her stardom look inevitable. The Streisand who emerges is a revelation: a tender girl who, for all her tough-skinned ambition, used to be strangely weak in love.
Everyone who has felt open air the gate, as she as soon as did, recalls a time whilst the novelty and distinction of Barbra Streisand replaced every little thing and rewrote all of the ideas. In hi, lovely, Mann incisively illuminates the lady ahead of she grew to become the icon and will pay tribute to at least one of the world’s such a lot liked performers.
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