--The New York Times Book Review
"AS CLOSE TO A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STREISAND AS POSSIBLE. . . . The strength of Spada's book lies in his meticulous research."--Newsday
She's been a part of our lives for more than thirty-five years, her full and luscious voice defining the sound of music for a generation. Now, bestselling celebrity biographer James Spada--who interviewed more than two hundred people for this book--puts it all on the record. With compassion and honesty, Spada reveals the private Barbra Streisand, including her lonely Brooklyn childhood with a disapproving mother and abusive stepfather, her hunger to perform, the discovery of her stunning voice, and the short, hard climb that took her to the height of Broadway stardom when she was only twenty-one. Here, too, are the startling details of Barbra's obsessive need for control and power, her excessive demands for money, and the amazing men in her life--from Elliot Gould, Jon Peters, and Omar Sharif to Ryan ONeal, Warren Beatty, and Don Johnson. A stunning woman with an incomparable voice that only improves with age, Barbra Streisand has proved herself one of the most creative, compelling, and controversial women of our time.
"ENGROSSING . . . There is plenty of material here to amuse, entertain and even illuminate her carefully guarded life."
--Los Angeles Times
"WELL WRITTEN, LIVELY, AND ASSIDUOUSLY RESEARCHED."
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About the Author
Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, he founded a Marilyn Monroe Fan Club at thirteen and edited its journals for four years. As a college student in 1969, he began a political quarterly devoted exclusively to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He spent the summer of 1970 as a Senate intern in Kennedy's Boston office.
In 1977, Spada became the only author to write an authorized career biography of Robert Redford. In 1981 and 1982, his best-selling pictorial books about Barbra Streisand and Marilyn Monroe were published, followed by studies of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty, and Katharine Hepburn. His 1987 book, Grace, spent nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was translated in thirteen languages. His Peter Lawford biography was serialized by Vanity Fair in 1991 and also became a New York Times bestseller.
He lives in Los Angeles.