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The way she was: Barbra Streisand memoir scheduled for 2017

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NEW YORK — Barbra Streisand is set to publish her long-discussed and long-awaited memoir.

The legendary singer-actress-filmmaker has a deal with Viking for her life story, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book is currently untitled and scheduled for 2017. According to Viking, Streisand will reflect on her childhood, her career and on the private life she has carefully guarded.

PHOTO: FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, singer Barbra Streisand performs during her concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Streisand is set to publish her long-discussed and long-promised memoir. The legendary singer-actress-filmmaker has a deal with Viking for her life story, the publisher announced Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The book is currently untitled and scheduled for 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)
FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, singer Barbra Streisand performs during her concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. Streisand is set to publish her long-discussed and long-promised memoir. The legendary singer-actress-filmmaker has a deal with Viking for her life story, the publisher announced Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The book is currently untitled and scheduled for 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

Streisand, 73, has been contemplating a memoir since at least 2009 when she told The Associated Press that she had been writing down thoughts and wondering whether she wanted to "relive" her life. The subject of numerous unauthorized books, she committed herself more strongly in recent years to completing her memoir.

"There are over 50 unauthorized biographies about Ms. Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story," Viking president and publisher Brian Tart said in a statement.

Financial terms for the book were not disclosed. Streisand was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, best known for handling book deals for President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and many other politicians and public figures.

In 2010, Viking published Streisand's "My Passion for Design," an illustrated book featuring her Malibu, California, oceanfront compound.

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