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By William J. Mann

The best-selling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor tells the electrifying tale of ways Barbra Streisand remodeled herself into the best megastar of her period, etching “an indelible portrait of the artist as a tender girl” (Publishers Weekly).

In 1960, she was once a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn child with lots of expertise yet no connections and definitely no cash; her mom introduced her soup to ensure she stayed fed as she took performing sessions and scraped out a residing. simply 4 years later, Barbra Streisand used to be the top-selling girl recording artist in the United States and the celebrity of 1 of Broadway’s largest hits. Now the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes tale of ways Streisand and her crew reworked her from an unknown dreamer right into a world wide big name.

Drawing at the deepest papers of Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, and interviewing ratings of the chums and fanatics who knew Barbara earlier than she turned Barbra, Mann recreates the vanished international of Nineteen Sixties long island urban and uncovers the reality in the back of the myths of her early life. He indicates us how Funny Girl was once slowly altered, by way of Fosse and Robbins between others, from a Fanny Brice bio right into a star-making car for Streisand; takes us into the golf equipment and onto the set for her early nightclub and tv appearances, together with her torch-handing flip with Judy Garland; and introduces the canny advertising crew whose techniques made her stardom look inevitable. The Streisand who emerges is a revelation: a tender girl who, for all her tough-skinned ambition, used to be strangely weak in love.

Everyone who has felt outdoor the gate, as she as soon as did, recalls a time while the novelty and distinction of Barbra Streisand replaced every little thing and rewrote all of the ideas. In Hello, Gorgeous, Mann incisively illuminates the girl sooner than she turned the icon and will pay tribute to at least one of the world’s such a lot loved performers.

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He’d signed her to a two-week run in November with a wage in far more than 300 per week. So, due to Marty, that thirty-seven cash every week from Stoones might be used as pocket change—bus fare and late-night noshing on the Brasserie. finally issues have been going Barbra’s approach. So it used to be with a few renewed spring in her step that she followed Marty into Goddard Lieberson’s place of work. Few humans ever made it this some distance. Lieberson used to be an impressive determine, holding his list corporation remarkably self reliant from its company dad or mum, CBS. His lately employed felony assistance, Walter Yetnikoff, defined Columbia as Goddard’s “own fiefdom,” over which he governed as a benevolent—and stylish—dictator. the guy who was once now shaking fingers with Barbra and Marty had all his shirts customized in London; his tweed jackets unavoidably sported leather-based patches at the elbows. He was once the infrequent guy who may well escape with donning pink—shirts, ties, pocket silks—without any collateral harm to his masculinity. while he wore an ascot, it appeared “appropriate,” Yetnikoff stated, “never pretentious. ” Married to the previous ballerina Vera Zorina, the dark-haired, graying-at-the-temples Lieberson was once the one worker CBS president William Paley and his spouse, Babe, thought of their social equivalent. It were Lieberson who’d overseen the advent of the 33⅓ rpm LP list that had revolutionized the track in 1948. It were Lieberson who’d confident CBS to speculate within the musical My reasonable woman, which had made the corporate a fortune. It have been Lieberson who’d introduced the list of the Month membership, which had triggered earnings to skyrocket. no matter what Goddard Lieberson sought after, he received; what he didn’t wish, not anyone took. It wasn’t dazzling that folks shuddered whilst summoned to his place of work: “God want to see you presently” was once how the memo learn. status earlier than God, neither Barbra nor Marty cowered. They have been there on a project. Lieberson gestured for them to take a seat on the huge around desk in his workplace, the place Marty pulled some of Barbra’s experiences from his briefcase and browse them out loud. Then he set a tape recorder at the desk and performed a few of her songs. Lieberson listened with politeness, now not asserting a lot. doubtless he used to be conscious that rather more than a desk separated him from the 2 humans throughout from him. all of them could have been Jewish, yet Lieberson have been born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England, now not Brooklyn, big apple. And whereas his immigrant father were a producer of rubber heels, Lieberson had attended the celebrated Eastman collage of tune rather than hustling his manner into convey company like those characters. At Eastman, Lieberson had written chamber track set to Elizabethan poetry. through 1939, he had composed greater than 100 works, lots of that have been played via Works development management orchestras. Even after being employed by means of Columbia, he’d came across time to write down a unique and grasp jap. With likely limitless persistence, the erudite Lieberson now sat again in his chair and listened because the plain-talking Erlichman made his pitch.

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