Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Fierstein

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 and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray.

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

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, define yourself.

But actually just yesterday we raised the key of one of my songs two steps up so my voice is obviously responding. It's a muscle and the more you use it, the more you use it right, the more you should get out of it. So yes I sing.

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

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.

Accept no one's definition of your life, define yourself.

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

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

Never be bullied into silence.

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

Always admit when you're wrong. You'll save thousands in therapy... and a few friendships too.

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

Anyone with a smart phone is a potential eyewitness cameraman capturing and transmitting stories at speeds that turn Reuter photos and traditional reporting into well... yesterday's news.

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.

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.

To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it. And if it's important to the gay youth - who are now setting the agenda - then its important to me.

It's through sheer will that I can sing.

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.

To work all the time is to be incredibly lucky.

Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't.

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