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On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide

Ethan Mordden


This critical analysis of Barbra Streisand looks past the mainstream show-business principal to deconstruct an artist who is in fact a revolutionary figure. Streisand pioneered an intense and even passionate singing style at odds with the once prevailing easy-listen manner typified by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Like Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson, she was one of the new wave actors of the 1960s who broke away from the standard models for movie stars. But Streisand has much greater range than others of this kind, as comfortable in musical comedy as in serious drama. She can play the ... More

Keywords: singing style, Barbra Streisand, movie star, musical comedy, drama, Fanny Brice, Dolly, American culture, Nuts, The Way We Were

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190651763
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190651763.001.0001


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Ethan Mordden, author