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Her mother, grandmother, and grandfather all had a history of mental disorders and her great grandfather committed suicide by hanging himself, while her uncle left to run errands and never came back (Spoto, 1993, p. 31, 55). Her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker, married and divorced twice and left her two older children to their neighbors (Spoto, 1993, p. 8). Both Marilyn’s mother and grandmother were divorcees, but were dependent upon men (Spoto, 1993, p. 2). When Marilyn was only two weeks old, Gladys left her under the care of foster parents, Ida and Albert Bolender. Her early life was secure and infused with strict Christian morals.
When she was a measly 15 months old, her father died, ultimately from an epileptic seizure, leaving her mother to take care of her and her brother. When Streisand went away for camp, her mother remarried to a man named Louis Kind, unbeknownst to her daughter. She was also unaware of her mother’s pregnancy (“Barbra Streisand”).Streisand wanted to become a star, she wanted to sing, and she wanted to act. However, Streisand described her stepfather as being emotionally abusive, and her mother as unsupportive of her dreams. Her mother thought she was far too homely to make it in New York City.