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Entertainment Report: New Biography of Barbra Streisand is Released

By Bob Nelson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are a number of stars responsible for selling recorded music, but few more than Barbra Streisand, whose voluminous output is plentiful to say the least.

There’s a newly released book by William Mann, titled Hello, Gorgeous — Becoming Barbra Streisand.   It’s the portrait of an entertainer who made it to the covers of Time and Life magazines, sang with Judy Garland, and was the toast of Broadway in “Funny Girl” even as her anthem, “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” became the battle cry of starstruck youngsters everywhere.

Over the years there have been stories highlighting Streisand’s background, but few with her cooperation.  And some with her annoyance.

Now, at the age of 70, Streisand is on what might be called a “limited” tour — a queenly figure with two concerts in Brooklyn.  Tickets are priced up to $650 apiece or, as one reporter put it, “making an audience pay top dollar.”

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