Barbra: The Way She Is

by Christopher Andersen

Hardcover, 2006




William Morrow & Co. (2006), Edition: 1st, 448 pages


She is a one-name legend, a global icon, the ultimate diva. Yet most of what we know about Barbra Joan Streisand is the stuff of caricature: the Brooklyn girl made good, the ugly duckling who blossomed into a modern-day Nefertiti, the political dilettante driving to the barricades in her Rolls-Royce, the Oscar-winning actress and bona fide movie mogul, the greatest female singer who ever lived, a skinflint, a philanthropist, a connoisseur and a barbarian, the woman whose physical characteristics are instantly identifiable around the planet-the tapered nails, those slightly crossed eyes, that nose, the voice. Even to the multitudes around the world who idolize her, Streisand remains aloof, unknowable, tantalizingly beyond reach. Until now. In the manner of his number-one New York Times bestsellers The Day Diana Died and The Day John Died, Christopher Andersen taps into important sources-eyewitnesses to Streisand's remarkable life and career-to paint a startling portrait of the artist...and the woman.Whether you love her, hate her, or are simply spellbound by her titanic talent, Barbra is one thing above all others: a true American original.… (more)


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LibraryThing member ennie
Although her talent is unquestioned, Barbra Streisand does not come off well in Andersen's book. According to this account, Barbra had an abundance of diva attitude even as an unknown, and continued to make colleagues' lives miserable wherever she went (if she wasn't having affairs with them). I
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will focus on the talent and not the person (if indeed all this dirt is even true).
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LibraryThing member dara85
I like Barbra's singing and her movies, but what an awful person. I quote Ginger Rogers from the book, "Manners, I think everyone should have them." She was rude. She alienated a vast majority of the people she worked with. She never even helped her own sister with her career. She was very, very,
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very controlling and wanted things done her way. I have lost all respect for her.
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448 p.; 9.25 inches


0060562560 / 9780060562564


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