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Harvey Fierstein
June 6, 1954 -
Nationality: American
Category: Actor
Subcategory: American Actor

Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it.


I'm sure there's going to be some material from This Is Not Going To Be Pretty. I usually use that song to just introduce myself to the audience, although the patter in between the song is always different.


Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out.


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!


I got the regular call, that they were doing a Broadway musical of Hairspray, and would I come and audition. I was familiar with the movie, because at the time it came out my lover wrote for Premiere magazine, and we had to see everything.


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.


A child's kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them?


The world is full of more interesting things than my voice.


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.


It's through sheer will that I can sing.


It's a lot of fun to play someone you don't normally think of yourself as.


There are times when I don't take roles because I don't want to be perceived a certain way.


How time files when you's doin' all the talking.


You really, really, really have to love what you are going to do in theatre because it is an unmerciful life. It's six days a week. It's eight performances a week. And that's doing the exact same thing over and over and over again.


Political movements always belong to the young.


In London they don't like you if you're still alive.


And I believe that you never be limited in what you do, so I like to do movies, I like to do television.


To work all the time is to be incredibly lucky.


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


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.


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