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Harvey Forbes Fierstein
(June 6, 1954 - living) U.S.A.

Harvey Fierstein

Actor, playwright and female impersonator


Harvey FiersteinBorn in Brookly, New York, Harvey Fierstein is an openly gay writer, playwright and actor, who studied under Ira Gershwin at one time.

He appeared in drag shows in various New York City clubs and bars during the 1970s, and played an asthmatic lesbian in Andy Warhol's only play Pork in 1971.

Over the course of forty years, Harvey Fierstein has made an indelible mark on American culture as, among other things, a writer, actor, director, and activist; and, through it all, Fierstein has been out and proud.

His best-known work is probably Torch Song Trilogy, originally a Broadway play (it won an Obie while off-Broadway, followed by a Tony on Broadway). This play later became a feature film (in which he starred in the role as Arnold, the drag queen), with Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, and Brian Kerwin.

Harvey FiersteinHe also wrote the musical version of La cage aux folles. In the theater world, Fierstein created also Newsies , and Kinky Boots . On film, Fierstein narrated the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk , and he portrayed "Aunt Frank" in Mrs. Doubtfire .

Fierstein's other acting work includes Garbo Talks, as well as the voice of Homer Simpson's male secretary (who is gay) on The Simpsons.

In 1983 he won Tony Awards for best actor and best play for Torch Song Trilogy. Fierstein did a speech at the opening of the Gay Games in Amsterdam in 1998. In addition, Harvey Fierstein has been a constant presence at Pride celebrations, HIV/AIDS awareness events, and LGBT protests generally since the late 1970s.

Harvey 's follow up, Safe Sex became a television movie for HBO called Tidy Endings. More recently Fierstein can be seen playing Robin Williams's openly gay brother in Mrs. Doubfire with openly gay comic Scott Capurro as his lover. Harvey lives alone in Connecticut.

Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein, Colonial Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, 1983. Photo by Waring Abbott, c/o Getty.


Sources: http://lgbt-history-archive.tumblr.com/ & alii

  • Garbo Talks (1984)
  • The Times of Harvey Milk (1984)
  • Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  • Tidy Endings (1988)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • The Harvest (1993)
  • Bullets over Broadway (1994)
  • The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  • Dr Jekyll and Ms.Hyde (1995)
  • White lies (1996)
  • Everything Relative (1996)
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Kull the Conqueror (1997)
  • Safe Men (1998)
  • Mulan (1998)
  • The Sissy Duckling (1999)
  • Jump (1999)
  • Common Ground (2000)
  • Playing Mona Lisa (2000)
  • Death to Smoochie (2002)
  • Duplex (2003)
  • Torch Song Trilogy (soundtrack, 1989)
  • This is not going to be pretty (Live, 1995)

Theatre texts:
  • Torch Song Trilogy
  • Safe Sex (1993)
  • Spookhouse
  • Forget Him
Theatre as actor:
  • Pork (1971)
  • The Haunted Host
  • Dirtiest Show in Town & Madness of Lady Bright
  • Flatbush Tosca
  • Freaky Pussy
  • International Stud,
  • Children First
  • Torch Song Trilogy (1980)
  • This Is not Going to Be Pretty
  • Hairspray (2002)
  • Loving (as Dr. Lang)
  • The Sissy Duckling (2002)
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