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By Christopher Andersen

New York instances bestselling writer Christopher Andersen faucets into vital sources---eyewitnesses to Barbra Streisand's striking existence and career---to paint a startling portrait of the artist...and the lady. no matter if you're keen on her, hate her, or are easily spellbound via her great expertise, Barbra is something mainly others: a real American unique.

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Kind claimed he understood, but in reality he resented what he saw as Barbara’s blatant and selfish attempt to manipulate her mother. Sadly, these mutual feelings of suspicion and acrimony would only grow over time. At first, Barbara need not have worried about Lou’s intentions toward her mother. He had just been through a particularly painful divorce and had no interest in rushing to the altar anytime soon. Nor did he find the notion of committing himself to a widow and her two children—one of whom he already viewed as a spoiled, self-absorbed brat—particularly appealing.

Accordingly, she did not attend either her junior or senior prom, and was never asked out on a date. There was one boy she had a crush on, however—another loner in the class behind hers, someone who also seemed in a world of his own. His name was Bobby Fisher. Every day she had lunch with Fisher, who wore a hat with earflaps and laughed hysterically as he read Mad magazine. “Bobby was always much, much farther out there than Barbara,” Schimmel said. ” Already a chess champion, Fisher was indeed “always alone and very peculiar,” Streisand agreed.

Those always went to Trudy Wallace, the attractive blond soprano everyone at Erasmus predicted would become the next Deanna Durbin. In 1956, Louis Kind went out for the proverbial pack of cigarettes and never came back. As pleased as Barbara was to be finally rid of her abusive stepfather, Kind’s permanent departure meant that the family would have to struggle that much harder to make ends meet. Now that she was confronted on a daily basis with “Cashmeres”—the cashmere-sweater-wearing Jewish girls who commuted to Erasmus Hall from their homes in the upscale enclaves of Long Island—Barbara wanted out of gritty, smelly, noisy Brooklyn more than ever.

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