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Harvey Fierstein film premiere "Death to Smoochy"
NYP2002032613- NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- Actor Harvey Fierstein who stars in the film "Death to Smoochy" engages in a frendly tussle with actor/comedian Billy Crystal (left) during the March 26, 2002, New York premiere of the film "Death to Smoochy." rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Harvey Forbes Fierstein (born June 6, 1952) is a U.S. actor and playwright, noted for the early (1982) distinction of winning Tony Awards for both writing and playing the lead role in his long-running play Torch Song Trilogy, about a gay drag-performer and his quest for true love and family, as well as writing the award-winning book to the musical La Cage aux Folles. He has since become a champion for gay civil rights.

Fierstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jacqueline Harriet (née Gilbert), a school librarian, and Irving Fierstein, a handkerchief manufacturer. Raised Jewish, Fierstein is now an atheist.

Fierstein occasionally writes columns about gay issues. He was openly gay at a time when very few celebrities were. His careers as a stand-up comic and female impersonator are mostly behind him. Fierstein resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

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