Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct 9, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 640 pages
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“Barbra Streisand’s story may be the most triumphant case of revenge in show business history . . . Mann vividly evokes the atmosphere of Streisand’s New York.”—New York Times

In 1960, Barbra Streisand was just a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn kid with plenty of talent but no connections and certainly no money; her mother brought her soup to make sure she stayed fed as she took acting classes and scraped out a living. Just four years later, she was the top-selling female recording artist in America and the star of one of Broadway’s biggest hits. In Hello, Gorgeous, the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes story of how Streisand and her team transformed her from an unknown dreamer into one of the world’s most beloved superstars.

“Trying to figure out the Barbra Streisand mystique is no easy task, but author William Mann expertly captures the launch of her remarkable career in the early 1960s when a unique ‘star was born’ . . . Mann's meticulous research and insightful analysis go deeper than any previous biography: shedding light on the formative years that shaped Streisand's persona, debunking some myths . . . and providing a cultural snapshot of the wild and free-spirited era in which Streisand blossomed.”—USA Today

“In his masterful book, Mann captures one of the most fully realized pictures of the multi-hyphenate superstar to date . . . Many books have been written about Streisand but few, if any, put readers as close to the subject as Mann does."—Miami Herald

 

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User Review  - fist - LibraryThing

What does it take to become a celebrity? First and foremost, an iron-clad narcissism, a ruthless way with friendships, a keen and constant sense of where one finds oneself on the ladder, and an ... Read full review

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This was a page turner for me as I am a Life long Streisand fan. It tells the story of a shy, young girl with big dreams. This is the first five years of her 'career". It's chock full of details about ... Read full review

Contents

Why Streisand Now
1
1 Winter 1960
9
2 Spring 1960
37
3 Summer 1960
57
4 Fall 1960
83
5 WinterSpring 1961
104
6 Summer 1961
133
7 Fall 1961
154
12 Winter 1963
295
13 Spring 1963
322
14 Summer 1963
346
15 Fall 1963
383
16 Winter 1964
431
17 Spring 1964
471
Back Matter
501
Back Flap
567

8 Winter 1962
177
9 Spring 1962
212
10 Summer 1962
244
11 Fall 1962
271
Back Cover
568
Spine
569
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About the author (2012)

WILLIAM J. MANN is the author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as several other acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. He divides his time between Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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