Books: The way she was

Despite his good intentions, Neal Gabler manages only a reductive look at the complex icon Barbra Streisand.

August 4, 2016 19:14
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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand performs in 1969. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)

Growing up, I never understood the thought process behind the narrative of Barbra Streisand, “the ugly duckling.”

Looking back at photos of the 27-year old proudly clutching her Oscar for Funny Girl, clad in a delightfully risqué transparent getup that was so very chic in 1969, she seemed, to me at least, every inch the movie star.


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