Barbra Streisand: Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power by Neal Gabler

By Neal Gabler

Barbra Streisand has been known as the “most successful...talented performer of her new release” via Vanity Fair, and her voice, acknowledged pianist Glenn Gould, is “one of the typical wonders of the age.” Streisand scaled the heights of entertainment—from a well-liked vocalist to a first-rank Broadway big name in Funny lady to an Oscar-winning actress to a manufacturer and director. yet she has additionally turn into a cultural icon who has transcended exhibit company. to accomplish her good fortune, Brooklyn-born Streisand needed to triumph over super odds, no longer the least of which used to be her Jewishness. brushed off, insulted, even reviled while she launched into a convey company occupation for appearing too Jewish and looking out too Jewish, she brilliantly switched over her Jewishness right into a metaphor for outsiderness that might ultimately make her the avenger for somebody who felt marginalized and powerless.
Neal Gabler examines Streisand’s lifestyles and profession via this prism of otherness—a Jew in a gentile international, a self-proclaimed homely woman in an international of glamour, a kooky lady in an international of convention—and indicates how significant it used to be to Streisand’s triumph as one of many voices of her age.

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