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Barbra Streisand book: How to pre-order her long-awaited memoir My Name Is Barbra

The Oscar-winning Funny Girl star is ready to tell her own story

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2012 file photo shows singer Barbra Streisand performing at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Streisand accepts the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award from Robert Redford at the Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. This year's event marks the magazine's final ranking of women in its
Barbra Streisand is releasing a memoir. (AP, File)

Barbra Streisand has finally shared the news her fans have been waiting decades for: she is going to publish a memoir.

The entertainment legend, 80, has enjoyed six decades in the spotlight as a singer and actor, working and socialising with some of the world's biggest names.

She will share some of her treasure trove of childhood and early career secrets, as well as showbiz anecdotes, in the much anticipated My Name Is Barbra, which will be published by Penguin Random House UK imprint Century on 7 November.

FILE - In this March 23, 2003, file photo, actresses Meryl Streep, left, and Barbra Streisand applaud on stage during a reunion of past Oscar winners during the 75th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Streisand told MSNBC
Barbra Streisand at the Oscars with Meryl Streep. (AP)

From Broadway to the big screen, the much-loved star is one of the biggest-selling recording artists of all time, and one of the few performers to have achieved EGOT status (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

In the memoir, Streisand will recount her life from growing up in New York to the early days of her career and the years after.

Her breakout performance came with the musical and film versions of Funny Girl and over the years, she has been awarded two Oscars, one for best actress for her role in 1968’s Funny Girl and the other for best original song in the 1976 film A Star Is Born.

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She directed, produced, wrote and starred in 1983 film Yentl and became the first woman to win a Golden Globe Award for best director.

Gregory Peck and Barbra Streisand hold the Golden Globes they won in Hollywood, Feb. 23, 1969 at the annual awards banquet. Peck was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award for outstanding achievement. Miss Streisand was named top performer of the year in a musical or comedy for her role in
Gregory Peck and Barbra Streisand winning Golden Globes in 1969. (AP)

Publishers have sought a Streisand memoir for decades, with the singer telling Jimmy Fallon in 2021 that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked her to write one in the early 1980s, when the former first lady was an editor at Doubleday.

The memoir was first announced in 2015, and scheduled for two years later, although it did not have a title at the time. A reference to it on her website, posted in 2015, was later pulled.

Ben Brusey, Century publishing director, said: “Barbra Streisand is the ultimate artist and icon, peerless in her mastery of multiple fields from music to film, theatre to philanthropy.

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 1976 file photo, producer Jon Peters, from left, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson appear at a preview of the film,
Jon Peters, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson promoting A Star Is Born in 1976. (AP)

“Now, with the momentous publication of My Name is Barbra, Streisand announces herself as the ultimate writer and storyteller.

“One of the greatest tales of the creative life ever told, Streisand’s memoir reveals a voice on the page that is every bit as heartfelt, entertaining and spectacular as her greatest performances.

“We are thrilled and honoured to be publishing Streisand’s memoir and know it will be a landmark event full of joy and creativity that will dazzle and delight readers and critics alike.”

My Name Is Barbra will be published by Century, a Penguin Random House UK imprint, on 7 November.

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