As Barbra Streisand sang in The Way We Were, “Memories may be beautiful and yet, what’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget.” But after decades of fiercely guarding her private life, she’s finally going to share all of her memories — the beautiful and the painful — in an autobiography scheduled for publication by Viking in 2017.
“She wants to control what’s said about her, and that’s one of the reasons she’s chosen to write her memoirs now,” says biographer Mark Bego. “This is her chance to tell her story the way she wants to be remembered.”
Barbra in 1960. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Barbra will be 75-years-old by the time the book comes out, and “she’s gotten to the point in her life now where she’s reflective,” says James Spada, author of Streisand: In the Camera Eye. “She’s always complaining that a lot of the things that are written about her are inaccurate, and she wants to set the record straight.”
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In fact, Brian Tart, president and publisher of Viking, says that the many unauthorized biographies of Barbra are “full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story.” So what is Barbra, 73, said to unveil in her new book? Insiders close to the star exclusively reveal to Closer the topics the legendary singer, actress and director is expected to finally address.
Barbra performing in 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Barbra will very likely address her reputation as a perfectionist diva who obsesses over every detail of her life and art. “Barbra’s demands at a recent concert in England included rose petals floating in her toilet water, 120 designer bath towels specifically in the color of peach, as well as peach facial tissues,” claims Bego.
“Her London hotel suite had to have 10 lamps by specific designers, and she commanded that all members of hotel security be dressed in dark-colored sweaters. She was also not to be looked at or addressed by any hotel staff members or by any of the concert hall personnel who encountered her," he adds.
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