Barbra Streisand: How She Achieved Her Lifelong Dream Of Stardom

She And A Classmate Were Bound To Become Stars

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Streisand’s singing ability came to light at a young age, but what she really wanted to do was become an actress. She was inspired by stage actress Susan Strasberg, who starred in The Diary of Anne Frank, the first Broadway play Streisand attended at 14 years old.

Streisand was primed for stardom throughout her early years and when she started high school at Erasmus Hall High School in 1955. She joined the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club with fellow member Neil Diamond who once recalled, “We were two poor kids in Brooklyn. We hung out in the front of Erasmus and smoked cigarettes.”