In 1960, Barbra Streisand was just a 17-year-old Brooklyn kid with plenty of talent but no connections and certainly no money; her mother brought her soup to make sure she stayed fed as she took acting classes. Just four years later, she was the top-selling female recording artist in America and the star of Funny Girl, one of Broadway's biggest hits. The author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn chronicles this meteoric ascent, telling the behind-the-scenes story of how Streisand and her team transformed her from an unknown dreamer into one of the world's most beloved stars.
"Combining extensive interviews ... and exhaustive archival research, [William] Mann balances intimate personal details with audience reactions and critical acclaim to etch an indelible portrait of the artist as a young woman."—Publishers Weekly