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By Christopher Andersen

New York occasions bestselling writer Christopher Andersen faucets into vital sources---eyewitnesses to Barbra Streisand's awesome lifestyles and career---to paint a startling portrait of the artist...and the girl. no matter if you like her, hate her, or are easily spellbound by means of her great expertise, Barbra is something notably others: a real American unique.

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Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Streisand,” the card read, “take much pleasure in announcing the rather expected and hoped-for arrival of BARBARA JOAN (a cute little trick if they must say so, weighing 7 lbs. 5 ozs. ” Blue-eyed and bald—family lore had it that not a hair grew on the child’s head until she was two—Barbara was a standout even then. ” B A R B R A 2 5 While the rest of the world seemed to be collapsing around them—both sides of the family knew of relatives who would perish in Nazi concentration camps—Manny and Diana counted their blessings.

Please, Mommy, don’t go,” she would cry. “Don’t go with him. ” Diana tried to explain that Barbara was simply afraid of anyone she viewed as a rival for her mother’s affections. Kind claimed he understood, but in reality he resented what he saw as Barbara’s blatant and selfish attempt to manipulate her mother. Sadly, these mutual feelings of suspicion and acrimony would only grow over time. At first, Barbara need not have worried about Lou’s intentions toward her mother. He had just been through a particularly painful divorce and had no interest in rushing to the altar anytime soon.

As Diana headed for the front door, Barbara literally tugged on the hem of her mother’s dress, begging her to stay. “Please, Mommy, don’t go,” she would cry. “Don’t go with him. ” Diana tried to explain that Barbara was simply afraid of anyone she viewed as a rival for her mother’s affections. Kind claimed he understood, but in reality he resented what he saw as Barbara’s blatant and selfish attempt to manipulate her mother. Sadly, these mutual feelings of suspicion and acrimony would only grow over time.

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