by James Spada

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Streisand by James Spada

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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015727166
Publisher: Author & Company
Publication date: 11/17/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 10 MB

About 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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Streisand 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
ReadsEverything2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!