Santa's Babies: Six Ladies of Christmas

BY Jeremy Kinser

December 24 2011 1:44 PM ET

"What pushed [Barbra Streisand] forward wasn’t a hunger for fame as much as a desire to be accomplished, brilliant, and beautiful," William Mann, whose biography Hello Gorgeous is due next year, wrote in an essay about the entertainer in August. Besides breaking music charts and box office records throughout her career, Barbra Streisand frequently shatters rules of what's expected of her. For example, few expected a Jewish girl to sing the religious Christmas carol "Silent Night" in the middle of a hot New York summer, as she did in her A Happening in Central Park concert (below).

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