Barbra is an award-winning actress, director, singer, composer and producer, as well as a civil rights activist, food lover and doll collector. With 63 albums under her belt, she also holds the distinction of being the top-selling female recording artist of all time.
Now, Barbra is redefining what it means to grow older and reminding us of her humble beginnings. As a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Barbra says she shared a small apartment with her family. "I grew up in Williamsburg until I was 7, and that was a $40-a-month apartment," she says. "I lived in one room with my mother, in the same bed, and my brother had a foldaway cot in the same room."
Barbra and her family then moved to the projects, which at the time, she says she considered "hotsie totsie."
"I remember it was $105-a-month rent," she says.