Barbra Streisand : Funny Girl Gets Serious

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If you watched the Golden Globes, you heard Barbra Streisand’s declaration among many others.  “Time’s up.”  And if you’re old enough to really know who Barbra Streisand is, you no doubt have pleasant memories of her music and movies.  But who is Barbra Streisand?

I was lucky enough to see her live performance once.  That only served to cement my admiration for her artistic creations, and that sassy bad-assiness that seems to peek out from all of them.

Barbra – Unplugged

Have you ever thought you’d like to get to know a celebrity?  Find out about what makes them who they are?  Maybe some of their less-saucy secrets?  What if you could be a fly on the wall in their sessions with an analyst?

Author Alma Bond has given us that opportunity with her On The Couch series, which include spotlights on Jackie O., Marilyn Monroe, Hillary Clinton, and now Barbra Streisand.  It’s a delightfully cozy read, served up well with a glass of wine and a warm fire in the hearth.

Meanwhile, here’s a few of Barbra’s quips and quotes that are sure to leave you smiling.  And maybe putting a trip to the bookstore on tomorrow’s agenda.

“Nobody is just any one thing.  The major purpose of living is to grow.”

“I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details, for any artist to be good.”

“Aesthetics are more important than exercise any day.”

“When I look in the mirror, I do not see a sophisticated movie star or an academy award winner, I see the ugly face of little Barbra Streisand.”

“To me, the excitement of life lies in striving for success rather than attaining it.”

So Who Is Barbra Streisand?

After you’ve read the book, you’ll have a pretty good idea.  Until then, her short self-assessment is very telling:

“I’m my own person.  But I really am a Brooklynite Jewish housewife at heart.”

Cheers to you, Barbra!

Linda Allen

I'm a serial entrepreneur, with a resume that makes me look like a Jane of all trades. Pretty sure we are all reluctant Messiahs, travelling through life planting seeds where ever we can. Hopefully, most of mine have been good ones! MA from Miami University (Ohio, not Florida), BA from Cal State.