Barbra Streisand Didn’t Have a Doll, Couch Growing Up

Barbra Streisand

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updated 12/29/2008 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 12/29/2008 AT 4:00 PM ET

Barbra Streisand is counted among Hollywood’s royalty – but the singer is opening up about her humble beginnings.

“We never had a couch. We never had a living room,” the singer/actress, who grew up living in a Brooklyn housing project, says in an interview set to air on CBS’s Early Show Tuesday.

“We only had a dining room and then my grandmother and grandfather lived in one bedroom. My mother, my brother and I slept in another bedroom Now, I love couches,” says the star.

Another thing she lived without: “You know, I never had a doll – I had a hot water bottle,” says Streisand.

As for how she made it from Brooklyn to Hollywood success, she says it was a hard road where she didn’t have much encouragement from her family.

When she told her mother she wanted to be an actress, Streisand, 66, says her mother told her, “ ‘You’ll never make it. You’re not pretty enough. You’re not this enough.”

Still, the singer says, “I owe her a lot because, in a sense, I was proving to my mother that this skinny, little girl, you know, unconventional looking, I suppose, could be a movie star.”


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