Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William J. Mann. In 1960, Barbra Streisand was just a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl with plenty of talent and even more ambition. Four years later, she had taken over Broadway as the star of Funny Girl, and had three platinum albums. Everyone of a certain age remembers when the phenomenon of Barbra Streisand rewrote all the rules of stardom. In this intimate portrait, William Mann incisively illuminates the woman before she became the icon.