Barbra Streisand turns 80 on April 24! Do you know the secrets of the music and film icon? Her difficult childhood, the cloning of her hairballs, her phobia, her nose, her “million dollar baby”, her relationship with Prince Charles (and other young stars)…
Barbra Streisand turns 80 on April 24. Eternal diva and true icon, she is one of the few to have won two Oscars, one Tony Awards, 15 Grammy Awards and 5 Emmy Awards. The versatile entertainer was insulted by her stepfather as a child, has tinnitusis hypochondriachas cloned his female dog and there is even mention of a supposed adventure (or more than friendly relationship) with the Prince Charles! Discover the secrets of the living legend.
Barbara Streisand was born on April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York., in a family from the petty bourgeoisie, of Ashkenazi Jewish origin. his father Emanuel StreisandEnglish teacher, dies suddenly after a complication of epileptic seizure, when Barbara Streisand was only one year old. The first drama of her life, from which she will never really recover…
As for his mother, Ida Rosen, school secretary and soprano singer, she is not very affectionate. Above all, she remarried with a teacher, Louis Kind, in 1951, a man whom the young Barbara loathed. It must be said that this one does not deprive itself of criticize his physique and shame him. “Louis Kind was very rude to Barbra. She seemed to go to such lengths to try to please him. He was so loving and kind and gentle with everyone, but he was insulting her. He was yelling at her, saying mean things to her, and criticized the way he dressed in front of his friends“, remembered her childhood friend Maxine Eddelson, in the biography of the singer, written by Christophe Mirambeau.
Barbra Streisand: Odd Jobs on Broadway
Fascinated by theatre, cinema and music, Barbara Streisand produces her first amateur record at 13 and won a radio crochet contest at age 18. It was at this time that she decided to remove an “a” in her first name and to call herself “Barbra”.
After getting her baccalaureate at 16, the young woman decides not to study at university. She does jobs waitress, switchboard operator and babysitter, and, in parallel, tries to make a name for himself in the artistic world. She achieves this quickly, when she lands her first role on Broadway I Can Get It For You Wholesalein 1962.
Barbra Streisand: hypochondria, tinnitus…
Since childhood, the singer has been subject to psychosomatic diseases, probably a result of the deep malaise she felt when she was young. Additionally, the artist is hypochondriac to the point of persuading herself, at the start of her adult life, that she has a cancerafter reading a book on the subject…
Barbra Streisand has tinnitus since he was 9 years old. As a child, she manages to ease the noise a little while covering one’s ears with a scarf or turban. “Turbans and other extravagant headdresses which we often see her adorning herself are not a simple tic of coquetry: the anti-buzzing remedy invented by the child and used by the teenager has remained topical for the woman“, we read in the biography written by Christophe Mirambeau.
Barbra Streisand: weddings and romances with stars
In 1963, when she was 20 years old, the singer marries actor Elliott Gould. From their union, a boy named Jason. A few years later, they divorced and the diva did not remarry until 1998, at age 56, with actor and director James Brolin.
Jason Gould is also nicknamed by the press the “million dollar baby“. The reason? “In 1966, she planned a twenty-city concert tour that was to earn her more than $1 million.“, recalled Allison J. Waldman, the author of the Barbra Streisand Scrapbook. However, at the time, Barbra Streisand canceled this tour to spare herself during her pregnancy. A nickname which therefore alludes to the million dollars that she would have won if she hadn’t gotten pregnant at that moment.
But besides these two marriages, the star would have lived several romances with public figuressuch as the former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeauaccording to The Parisianthe producer Jon Peters (according to the confidences of the latter to People) or the tennis player Andre Agassiwho is 28 years younger than Barbra Streisand.
In the 1970s, rumors swirl about Prince Charles and the singer, which seem relatively close. While neither of them are talking about romance, the singer confirms that they have shared friendships for a while. “If I had played my cards right, I could have been there first jewish princess“, Barbra Streisand even said during a concert given in Hyde Park, 2019.
Barbra Streisand cloned her dog
very attached to his female dog of the Coton de Tulear breed Samanthawho died in 2017, Barbra Streisand decides to… clone! “A friend had managed to clone his dog and I was very impressed with this dog. So Sammie’s vet took cells from her cheek and from the skin on her belly just before she died. And we sent those cells to ViaGen Pets in Texas. But we weren’t sure these cells would hold up“, she confided to variety. Now the singer has three dogs, Miss Scarlett and Miss Violetboth cloned, and Miss Fanny, a cabotine adopted just before.
In 2007, Barbra Streisand was appointed officer of the Legion of Honorby the President of the Republic at the time, Nicolas Sarkozy.
His nose, his complex
If Barbra Streisand never wanted to redo her nose, the diva still remained a bit complexed by this part of her face. On the talk show jimmy kimmelit would have for example refused to appear on the right side of the camera. “She wanted us to trade places and she imposed this condition. She didn’t want us to talk about it on the show and I didn’t see how it could work.“, she explained.