I read a book on Streisand. I think it was the one by Neal Gabler.
It was amazing how much abuse she took in her early career about the way she looked. The book hypothesized that it was the first time a woman with such obvious sterotypical Jewish looking features (hope that isn't offensive) became a star and people couldn't accept it.
It kind of explains why Streisand became so focussed on her looks in later years when she directed what with fixing lighting and stuff on films and during interviews and having talk shows let her sit on the other side so she could show her better profile. (remember how Rosie decided to reverse her set casually and then shortly there after Streisand appeared.