Harvey Fierstein

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Harvey Forbes Fierstein (born June 6, 1954) is an American actor, playwright, and voice actor. Fierstein has won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his own play Torch Song Trilogy (about a gay drag-performer and his quest for true love and family) and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He also wrote the book for the musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, and wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Harvey Fierstein #Art #Power

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.
Harvey Fierstein #Best

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it.
Harvey Fierstein #Change

Photo of Harvey Fierstein My play Safe Sex was picked apart because critics thought it was untrue. It was a play in which no one had AIDS, but the characters talked about how it was going to change their lives.
Harvey Fierstein #God

Photo of Harvey Fierstein I actually pray everyday, but I don't believe in God.
Harvey Fierstein #Home

Photo of Harvey Fierstein I got a lovely check today from being a writer that I earned by sitting at home. That's rewarding.
Harvey Fierstein #Life

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life define yourself.
Harvey Fierstein #Movies

Photo of Harvey Fierstein And I believe that you never be limited in what you do, so I like to do movies, I like to do television.
Harvey Fierstein #Movies

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Movies are all about plot. Theater, even if it's story heavy, it's about ideas.
Harvey Fierstein #Movies

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't.
Harvey Fierstein #Romantic

Photo of Harvey Fierstein You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it's a role that's underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.
Harvey Fierstein #Time

Photo of Harvey Fierstein How time files when you's doin' all the talking.
Harvey Fierstein #Time

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Time will tell us what we did and didn't do.
Harvey Fierstein #Trust

Photo of Harvey Fierstein Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don't, or they wouldn't have to say they did.
Harvey Fierstein #Work

Photo of Harvey Fierstein I burned out on AIDS and did no AIDS work for a couple of years. I was so angry that people were still getting this disease that nobody can give you - you have to go out and get it!
Harvey Fierstein #Work

Photo of Harvey Fierstein To work all the time is to be incredibly lucky.
Harvey Fierstein #Change

Photo of Harvey Fierstein What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change.
Harvey Fierstein #Work

Photo of Harvey Fierstein I actually may do a musical next year... not one that I've written one that I may star in. Plus my concert and other people's work and all of a sudden you've got a very full life.
Harvey Fierstein #Family

Photo of Harvey Fierstein My father was brought up in an orphanage in the Catskills. He was a factory worker. And because his family wasn't there for him, family was everything. We could disagree inside the house, but outside the house it was us against the world. So when I became a drag actor, he looked sideways but said okay.
Harvey Fierstein #Good #Positive #Power

Photo of Harvey Fierstein I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
Harvey Fierstein #Great

Photo of Harvey Fierstein The great thing about suicide is that it's not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.
Harvey Fierstein #Work

Photo of Harvey Fierstein So, did I work with Warhol? I worked with him less on that play then I did on other things. He actually did a portrait of my rabbit and some other stuff. Warhol was definitely... Warhol.
Harvey Fierstein #Work

Photo of Harvey Fierstein I have to work really hard, eight shows a week, to get a nice check as an actor. But when I write a play, and it's a - knock wood - hit, the checks come in for many years.
Harvey Fierstein #Failure

Photo of Harvey Fierstein In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things.
Harvey Fierstein #Time

Photo of Harvey Fierstein When I write stuff and I help cast it, I turn away good people all the time. I may turn them down because this one's too tall and that one doesn't have a high enough voice or this one looks to old to match up with that one - there's a billion reasons not to hire somebody.