Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand

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HMH, Oct 9, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 640 pages
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“Masterful . . . Many books have been written about Streisand but few, if any, put readers as close to the subject as Mann does” (Miami Herald).
 
A legendary singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker with multiple Academy, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and even two Peabody awards to her name, Barbara Streisand is a talent like no other. In Hello, Gorgeous, celebrity biographer William J. Mann profiles the Brooklyn-born talent, focusing on her early years, honing her persona at Greenwich Village nightclubs like the Blue Angel and the Bon Soir.
 
Streisand lost her father at an early age and had a rocky relationship with her mother, but her natural abilities and supernatural chutzpah soon earned her the role of a lifetime: a starring role as Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical, Funny Girl.

In lush detail, Mann chronicles Streisand’s dizzying ascent from an unknown dreamer into one of the world’s most beloved superstars. 
 
“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
 

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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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User Review  - silversurfer - LibraryThing

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
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1 Winter 1960
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2 Spring 1960
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3 Summer 1960
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4 Fall 1960
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5 WinterSpring 1961
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6 Summer 1961
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7 Fall 1961
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12 Winter 1963
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13 Spring 1963
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14 Summer 1963
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15 Fall 1963
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16 Winter 1964
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17 Spring 1964
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Back Matter
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Back Flap
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8 Winter 1962
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9 Spring 1962
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10 Summer 1962
244
11 Fall 1962
271
Back Cover
568
Spine
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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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