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Picks and Pans Review: Streisand: the Woman and the Legend

updated 11/16/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/16/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

by James Spada

In the photograph on the cover, the back-lighting has turned her frizzy yellow hair into a halo, and in hushed, reverent prose, the author of this praise-packed biography traces the ever-upward career of the singer-actress. The writer asks: "What keeps Barbra Streisand—a woman who has won every major award in her field, made millions of dollars, and had established herself as a legend by age 24—continually working, struggling to make pictures her way and having to read unkind things about herself? The knowledge that her work brings joy to millions of people." Indeed, not even Barbra's mother could find fault with this slushy, gushy, silly tome. (Doubleday, $24.95)

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