A sad reflection on success comes from Barbra Streisand as she launches her memoir. “I haven’t had much fun in my life.” Having set out with driven determination to become a star after a loveless childhood she discovered “it was more exciting to dream about being famous than the reality. I don’t enjoy stardom.”
250 million records, 10 Golden Globe awards, five Emmys and two Oscars, for acting and songwriting are testament to her towering talent and yet all the accolades still don’t drown out the inner negative voices. “Even after all these years, I’m still hurt by the insults and can’t quite believe the praise,” she writes.
She was born 24 April 1942 5.08 am New York, with her teacher father dying when she was 15 months old. Her mother remarried and both she and the stepfather continually put her down. Leaving home at 16, she took a second job working weekend shifts as a theatre usher, so she could keep up with Broadway’s latest shows. When she won at talent contest in a bar aged 18, it started her singing career rolling. By 26 she was already a seasoned performer when her breakout role in Funny Girl put her at the peak.
Her working relationships have at times been challenging even hostile which has clearly hurt her though she does not have an easy temperament. After a complicated love life she has settled in a second marriage for the past twenty years with actor James Brolin and armfuls of dogs.
She has a 1st house Taurus Sun Mercury – Taurus ruling the throat being often found with singers – square Pluto, Chiron, Moon in Leo in her performing 5th. With Chiron close to her Moon and square her Sun she will have been aware through her life of the unhealable wounds emerging from a fractured childhood.
Sun Pluto squares are often written up as applying solely to controlling, dominating fathers but occur frequently where the father died young – literally out of the child’s control, prompting the erection of strong controlling defences in the emerging adult as a protection against life’s destructiveness. Similarly Moon Pluto mothers are often sloppily referred to as possessive making them sound smothering when often they can be destructive and damaging in other ways.
She has the creative Neptune trine Uranus of her year with Saturn close by in Taurus. Her fixed qualities and stubbornness will have made cooperation tricky at times but will have given her endurance. Her 12th house Venus in musical Pisces, again points to a lack of love and self-esteem but will have given poignancy to her love songs.
Her creative 5th harmonic is exceptionally strong highlighting her ultra-determined streak. Her creative, seeking and searching, 7th harmonic is also notable – influential, confident, lucky, forceful.
Her husband James Brolin, 18 July 1940 11.10 am Los Angeles, at first glance is an odd match. He is a Sun Cancer opposition Moon in Capricorn with an equally obstinate collection of Jupiter Saturn and Uranus in Taurus plus Mercury, Pluto, Mars in Leo which is conjunct her Moon Chiron Pluto. That could have pointed to a whole load of aggravation. Though perhaps both having sailed through a variety of relationships were mellower and wiser about what it takes.
His Sun in the cusp of her 5th and trine her Venus would soften the mood; with his Venus in Gemini conjunct her Mars to add a touch of crackle and pop to passion. Her Sun falls in his 7th which is also ideal for a partnership.
Add On: From reviews of her memoir illuminating her Moon, Chiron, Pluto square Sun.
Her mother, Diana, didn’t treat her well, claiming she didn’t have time to tell her daughter that she loved her. The cruel stepfather once gave her elder brother’s fiancée money to buy ice cream for everyone except Barbra because she was “ugly”. Childhood tinnitus was dealt with by being ignored.
When Streisand played a huge Las Vegas concert in 1993, with a starry audience and a fee in the millions, she flew her mother out specially. But Diana skipped it for a night on the Strip, later wondering why anyone would pay her daughter all that money to sing. With Streisand the toast of the town as Funny Girl became the biggest thing on Broadway, her mother flipped out at the number of presents her daughter was getting. She screamed: “I’m the mother! She’s nothing without me!” As her daughter reflects: “She could kill any pleasure I felt in an instant.”
Diana Streisand, 10 December 1908, NY, was a Sun Sagittarius opposition Pluto and square Jupiter – controlling and pushily confident; with Neptune maybe conjunct a Cancer Moon opposition Uranus = emotionally unstable. Her Mars in vengeful Scorpio (conjunct Venus) was square Barbra’s Moon, Pluto, Chiron and opposition her Sun Mercury. So an envious, spiteful connection.
Diana’s hard-edged Saturn in Aries sat on Barbra’s Ascendant and square her Midheaven so she would be a downer on any public persona of success or career triumphs. Plus Diana’s Pluto was conjunct Barbra’s Jupiter and Mars for a power-struggling and hostile interface.
Just as well Barbra has phenomenal endurance from her six fixed planets and tenacious Pluto otherwise she’d have been crushed.