The author of Clark Gable, Marion Brando, and Gary Cooper tackles the gal with the big nose, Barbra Streisand; everybody thought she was ugly back in 1962. It's all here, from the horrible childhood in Brooklyn to talent night at the Lion when she instantly captured the gay West Village, to edging out lover (later husband) Elliott Gould for the applause in I Can Get It For You Wholesale, to Funny Girl, the first gold album, and the world. The author somehow surmounts the difficulties of writing a bio that is neither scandalous nor dismissive by the clever expedient of treating each new play, movie, record, TV documentary and love affair with the high seriousness and suspense generally reserved for risky space ventures--a ploy which is not so easy to pull off for an actress (singing was an accident) who opened in her first Broadway show at the ripe old age of nineteen and never looked back. The only thing missing is the words of Queen Midas herself, off with hairdresser Jon Peters to make their own movies--and why not? Everything else she has touched has turned to gold.