New York, May 20, 2015 — The highly anticipated memoir by Barbra Streisand, one of the most influential and beloved actors, singers, and directors of our time, will be published by Viking in 2017. Honest, enlightening, and revealing, Ms. Streisand’s memoir will share memories of her childhood, explore her extraordinarily successful career on stage, screen, and in the recording studio, and reflect on her life.
The continuing popularity and relevance of the artist’s work was recently and vividly evidenced when her latest album for Columbia Records, Partners, debuted at #1 on the Billboard sales charts, making her the only performer to have achieved Number One albums in six consecutive decades. Barbra Streisand is the best-selling female recording artist ever and has won two Oscars, five Emmys, and ten Grammys, including the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Viking, noted, “Barbra Streisand’s memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher’s wish list for years. She has led one of the most fascinating and accomplished careers in show business. There are over fifty unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story. I am thrilled and honored to be publishing her at Viking.”
A Renaissance woman of her time, Barbra Streisand has been acknowledged as a director, writer, producer, composer, designer, activist, and philanthropist. The “actress who sings,” as Streisand once described herself, received an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in 1995, as well as an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013. Barbra Streisand is a rare honoree, the only artist to earn Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, and Peabody awards, as well as receiving Kennedy Center Honors (2008) and the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award (2001.) She also received the National Endowment for the Arts medal from President Bill Clinton and France’s greatest recognition, the Légion d’honneur, from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Viking controls World Rights, first serial, and audio for Ms. Streisand’s memoir. Rick Kot, Executive Editor at Viking, will be the editor for the book. Ms. Streisand was represented by Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly.
Carolyn Coleburn, 212-366-2270
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