8:38am PT by Andy Lewis
Barbra Streisand to Pen Memoir
Barbra Streisand sang about her “misty water-colored memories" in the hit 1974 song “The Way We Were.” Now she’s writing about them.
In what is sure to be the blockbuster celebrity memoir of 2017, Viking announced Wednesday it had acquired the singer/actress/director/producer’s autobiography.
“Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years,” said Viking president Brian Tart. “There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.”
Born in Brooklyn NY in 1942, Streisand got her break in 1960 opening for comedian Phyllis Diller's nightclub act. Her first album in 1963 was one Billboard’s ten best-selling albums of the year. Among her hit songs over the years are “The Way We Were,” "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)", "No More Tears" (with Donna Summer), and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Neil Diamond).
She performed on Broadway in 1964 in Funny Girl. Her movie roles include Funny Girl (for which she won the 1968 best actress Oscar, The Way We Were, Yentl, Meet the Fockers and Prince of Tides (which she directed).
She is the only person to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors and the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.
Streisand has been married twice: To Elliott Gould from 1963 to 1971 and to James Brolin since 1998. She has one son, Jason Gould, born in 1966.
She was represented by Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly on the book deal.