Her father earned a master's degree from City College of New York in 1928 and was considered athletic and handsome.As a student, he spent his summers outdoors, once working as a lifeguard and another hitchhiking through Canada. "He wasn't afraid of anything." He married Ida in 1930, two years after graduating, and became a highly respected educator with a focus on helping underprivileged and delinquent youth.After renting a small apartment on 48th street, in the heart of the theater district, she accepted any job she could involving the stage, and at every opportunity, she "made the rounds" of the casting offices.At sixteen, then living on her own, Streisand's youth and ambition worked in her favor, but she lacked a mature woman's physical features which were needed for serious female roles.
However, her mother would be horrified by her daughter's "gypsy-like lifestyle," wrote biographer Karen Swenson, and again begged her to give up trying to get into show business; She took a job as an usher at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater for The Sound of Music, early in 1960.Went the Strings of My Heart," and "You'll Never Know." Although she knew her voice was good and she liked the attention, becoming an actress was her main objective.That desire was made stronger when she saw her first Broadway play, The Diary of Anne Frank, when she was fourteen.There, she was considered to be bright and extremely inquisitive about everything; however, she lacked discipline, often shouting answers to questions out of turn. Streisand became known by others in the neighborhood for her voice.She next entered Public School 89 in Brooklyn, and during those early school years began watching television and going to movies. With the other kids she remembers sitting on the stoop in front of their flat and singing: "I was considered the girl on the block with the good voice." She made her singing debut at a PTA assembly, where she became a hit to everyone but her mother, who was mostly critical of her daughter.She also joined the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, where she sang with another choir member and classmate, Neil Diamond.Diamond recalls, "We were two poor kids in Brooklyn.She therefore took various menial jobs to have some income.At one period, she lacked a permanent address, and found herself sleeping at the home of friends or anywhere else she could set up the army cot she carried around to save on rent expense.That session was the first time Streisand ever asserted herself as an artist, which also became her "first moment of inspiration" as an artist.Streisand began her education at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn when she was five.