Barbra Streisand’s long-awaited memoir, My Name Is Barbra, is finally here, and it’s full of bombshells. The iconic singer and actress doesn’t hold back in the book, sharing intimate details about her life and career.
One of the biggest revelations is that Streisand had an affair with Sydney Chaplin, son of Charlie Chaplin, while she was starring in the Broadway hit Funny Girl. Streisand was dating Elliott Gould at the time, but she was drawn to Chaplin’s “dark and mysterious” aura. The two began a secret relationship, but Streisand eventually came clean to Gould and ended the affair.
Streisand also reveals that she was pressured to change her name when she was first starting in the entertainment industry. Casting agents thought that her real name, Barbara, was too plain and suggested that she change it to something simpler, like Barbara Strand or Sands. But Streisand refused to budge. She wanted to stay true to herself, and she knew that she was different and unique.
Another bombshell from the book is that Streisand was once offered a role in the original Star Wars film. She was asked to play Princess Leia, but she turned it down because she didn’t want to be typecast as a “sci-fi girl.”
Streisand’s memoir is a must-read for any fan of the legendary entertainer. It’s a candid and revealing look at her life and career, and it’s full of surprises.
Here are some of the key takeaways from the book:
- Streisand had an affair with Sydney Chaplin while she was starring in Funny Girl.
- She was pressured to change her name when she was first starting in the entertainment industry, but she refused to budge.
- She was offered a role in the original Star Wars film, but she turned it down because she didn’t want to be typecast as a “sci-fi girl.”
- The book is a candid and revealing look at Streisand’s life and career, and it’s full of surprises.