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Barbra Streisand: redefining beauty, femininity, and power

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Barbra Streisand has been called the "most successful ... talented performer of her generation" by Vanity Fair, and her voice, said pianist Glenn Gould, is "one of the natural wonders of the age." Streisand scaled the heights of entertainment-from a popular vocalist to a first-rank Broadway star in Funny Girl to an Oscar-winning actress to a producer and director. But she has also become a cultural icon who has transcended show business. To achieve her success, Brooklyn-born Streisand had to overcome tremendous odds, not the least of which was her Jewishness. Dismissed, insulted, even reviled when she embarked on a show business career for acting too Jewish and looking too Jewish, she brilliantly converted her Jewishness into a metaphor for outsiderness that would eventually make her the avenger for anyone who felt marginalized and powerless. Neal Gabler examines Streisand's life and career through this prism of otherness-a Jew in a gentile world, a self-proclaimed homely girl in a world of glamour, a kooky girl in a world of convention-and shows how central it was to Streisand's triumph as one of the voices of her age.
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subject_facetBiographies
Jews -- United States
Motion picture industry -- Social aspects -- United States
Music trade -- Social aspects -- United States
Streisand, Barbra
Streisand, Barbra -- Influence
title_displayBarbra Streisand : redefining beauty, femininity, and power
title_fullBarbra Streisand : redefining beauty, femininity, and power / Neal Gabler
Barbra Streisand Redefining Beauty, Femininity, and Power
title_shortBarbra Streisand
title_subredefining beauty, femininity, and power
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Influence
Jews
Motion picture industry
Music
Music trade
Nonfiction
Performing Arts
Social aspects
Streisand, Barbra