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.”