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Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s Harvey Fierstein

Harvey Forbes Fierstein turns 60 on Friday.
Harvey Forbes Fierstein turns 60 on Friday. Photo Credit:

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Ridgefield’s Harvey Forbes Fierstein!

Harvey Forbes Fierstein, who has owned a home in Ridgefield, turns 60 on Friday. The actor and playwright was born June 6, 1954, in Brooklyn.

The gravel-voiced actor is  best known for the play and film Torch Song Trilogy, which he wrote and starred in both Off-Broadway and on Broadway. The 1982 Broadway production won him two Tony Awards, for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play, two Drama Desk Awards, for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the Theatre World Award, and the film adaptation earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Male Lead.

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. Additionally, he won Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Hairspray and wrote the book for the Tony Award for Best Musical-winning Kinky Boots. Fierstein was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2007.

Fierstein wrote the book for a stage musical version of the film Kinky Boots  and was nominated for 13 2013 Tony Awards and won six, including best musical.

Fierstein made his acting debut at La MaMa, E.T.C. in Andy Warhol's only play, Pork.  Fierstein's Broadway acting credits include playing the mother, Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (2002), for which he won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

He narrated the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, for which he won a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

He is now a champion for gay civil rights.

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