Overview

By the author of Abram's STREISAND: IN THE CAMERA EYE, this is the definitive biography of Barbra Streisand. Almost 200,000 words and packed with photos. This compulsively readable, monumental work is based on more than 200 interviews with Barbra's family, friends and colleagues. James Spada has followed Barbra's life and career for forty-five years and paints an intimate, frequently surprising portrait of a woman who continues to capture the public's imagination as few others ever have. Every aspect of Barbra’s ...
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Streisand

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Overview

By the author of Abram's STREISAND: IN THE CAMERA EYE, this is the definitive biography of Barbra Streisand. Almost 200,000 words and packed with photos. This compulsively readable, monumental work is based on more than 200 interviews with Barbra's family, friends and colleagues. James Spada has followed Barbra's life and career for forty-five years and paints an intimate, frequently surprising portrait of a woman who continues to capture the public's imagination as few others ever have. Every aspect of Barbra’s life and work is covered in detail, from her father’s upbringing in the teeming ethnic ghettos of New York City through the filming of Barbra's latest movie, “The Guilt Trip.” Her closest childhood friends talk about the gawky misfit who sought surrogate parents; her Broadway coworkers reveal the rancorous breakup between Barbra and her “Funny Girl” costar; the costume designer of “The Way We Were” describes Redford's anxiety about doing a love scene with her; we learn intimate details about many of Barbra's lovers (Tommy Smothers, Omar Sharif, Ryan O'Neal, Warren Beatty, Elvis Presley, Prime Minister Trudeau, Don Johnson, James Brolin) and her often tempestuous, sometimes violent relationship with Jon Peters. Also included are the extraordinary backstage details of her most famous films—“Funny Girl”, “Hello, Dolly!”, What's Up, Doc?”, “The Way We Were”, A Star Is Born”, “The Prince of Tides” and “Meet the Fockers”—her albums, concerts, television appearances and political activism. This book is an absolute must for Streisand fans everywhere.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"Spada interviewed countless friends and colleagues...meticulously researched an impressive array of print sources, and what emerges is a surprisingly intimate portrait of a kooky nonconformist who became an internationally known singer, actress, director, and activist"
Booklist - ALA's Booklist
Spada has proven himself an adept and engaging biographer of stellar women in his books about Grace Kelly, Bette Davis, and now the ever controversial and compelling Streisand... It's a pleasure to have a fair and celebratory portrait of the multitalented Streisand, one of the world's most "gloriously successful misfits."
Publishers Weekly
"The sheer comprehensiveness of this bio will make it a satisfying read for Streisand devotees."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015727166
  • Publisher: Author & Company
  • Publication date: 11/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 639,478
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

James Spada is the author of twenty-five books, including bestselling biographies of Grace Kelly, Peter Lawford and Marilyn Monroe. His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, People, Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, McCall’s, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the London Sunday Express and many other periodicals. He lives in Southern California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    This is book is fantastic! It's every aspect of Barbra's life a

    This is book is fantastic! It's every aspect of Barbra's life and career and I couldn't put it down. Of course I am a huge Streisand fan and I think the author is even-handed and fair. Pictures are great. And it ends on such a high note because Barbra is doing so well and who doesn't like a happy ending in a book about their idol?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    The best part for me in this HUGE book (not a complaint, and the

    The best part for me in this HUGE book (not a complaint, and there are lots of pictures) was the last section, "National Treasure", because it is is obvious how meeting James Brolin has transformed Barbra's personal life. I mean, just look--she's everywhere! After hiding out for DECADES. Can't wait to see the new movie, "The Guilt Trip," though according to this book it was filmed last year. Oh, who cares, because Streisand is the greatest any which was we can get her and this book does her justice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Great

    At first i thought it was going to read like an all out Babs bashinging but the further i got into the book, the more insightful it became. I adore Miss. Streisand even more now!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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