For 27 years, Barbra says stage fright kept her from performing at all. This fear stemmed from one moment that occurred in 1967, during her free concert in New York City's Central Park. More than 135,000 people attended this history-making event.
"I forgot the words," she says. "Then, it sort of triggered this feeling that I would forget the words. I didn't perform again until they discovered teleprompters."
As Barbra learned during a concert in 1986, even teleprompters aren't perfect. "I was singing 'America the Beautiful,' which I didn't count on the people would stand up and in front of the teleprompter," she says. "They had to use the performance from the night before...a dress rehearsal when there was nobody there."