Here is a secret about me, movie trivia is my thing. Not current stuff, I'm talking tidbits from the silent era to about 1970. I often lament...If only I could cash in on my worthless movie knowledge. Honest to goodness, I'm a savant when it comes to this topic, which brings me to my other secret love and that is reading autobiographies and biographies of actresses, actors, directors, producers, screenwriters...you get the idea, so I'd never pass up the opportunity to read about one of the greats: Barbra Streisand.
Having read oodles and oodles of this genre I can say without hesitation that this is a great read! I stop here to add that this is not your typical biography. It does not cover Streisand's entire career, but rather a crucial period of five years at the start: 1960-65. Seventeen in 1960 we see just how one with the right mix of determination and talent makes it. The only downside to the book is that Mann doesn't tell us the rest of the Streisand story. If you enjoy peeking inside the world of movie icons then this is a must read.
Thank you Net Galley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing me access to a review copy of Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann.
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