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Bebe Neuwirth

At the Nomination Announcement for the 76th Annual Drama League Awards, April 20, 2010
Born Beatrice Neuwirth
(1958-12-31) December 31, 1958 (age 58)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Paul Dorman (1984–1991)
Chris Calkins (2009–present)

I've been on stage since I was 7. That's where I'd rather be than anywhere else. Just because you can do a bunch of things doesn't mean you are a bunch of things. I can act. I can sing. But I am a dancer.
Bebe Neuwirth
I've seen some very beautiful drag queens.
When I was born, they put casts on my legs 'cause I had some kind of dysplasia or something. My legs were all messed up.
Bebe Neuwirth
People are at their happiest if they are true to themselves. I think that applies to their chosen profession, friends and relationships. It goes for your health too. If you are true to yourself, it seems to me everything should work out pretty well.
Bebe Neuwirth
My audition song is, and has been since 1977, 'I Love a Piano.'
I am just a plain Jew; I mean have no training.
I've been very fortunate in my collaborators throughout my career.
People make snap judgments about me that are frequently misguided.
Creating a role is an interesting thing – each show or each situation is different.
Bebe Neuwirth
I missed New York. Every break I had from the series, I'd fly back to the East Coast just to get back onstage.
Bebe Neuwirth
It's a blessing as an artist to express myself – whether that be via dance, via song or via speech – in so many different ways.
Bebe Neuwirth
Anything that I do, I try to make it as good as I possibly can.
I don't see my dancing or acting as two separate things. I don't define them separately, so I can't say one has helped the other, It's all the same thing. More than anything I love being on stage and performing.
Bebe Neuwirth
I am a very complicated person.
Part of the success of the show is that the audience sees themselves in the characters, becomes the characters. The more they inhabit the characters, the more they see.
Bebe Neuwirth
In New York I was always offered the hot, sexy roles. But in L.A. I was offered the plain, dowdy roles. It says a lot about the difference between the coasts.
Bebe Neuwirth
When you're a dancer who is injured, you are at the bottom of the food chain. We are so replaceable.
Bebe Neuwirth
I've never danced professionally as a ballet dancer, but all of my training is ballet, and I am a Fosse dancer.
Bebe Neuwirth
On the rare occasions I go to the gym, I prefer silence.
I was not influenced by concerts as a child, but I was very strongly influenced by the ballets I saw.
Bebe Neuwirth
Stage and film are just two wildly different animals. Why compare the two?
I don't see myself as a diva at all.
You have to be aware. Like, I'm not going to do any downhill skiing. It looks like a whole lot of fun, but I'm not going to risk breaking a leg. I want to be dancing the way I'm dancing now for 30 more years.
Bebe Neuwirth
If I'm not in shape, it feels like something is wrong. If I haven't been able to get to class for a while or I've been sick, I don't feel complete. It doesn't feel like the electricity is making its connections.
Bebe Neuwirth
Certainly the life of a dancer is very difficult. The training is very hard and relentlessly grueling.
Bebe Neuwirth
One of the things that's great about doing a show over and over again… is that you have to find ways to make it spontaneous, as though everything is happening for the first time… to continue to mine the material and find new things.
Bebe Neuwirth
Artists need to express.
Shakespeare feels very natural to me.
I'm not a performer who will come on stage and tell you everything about my life. It's just not who I am.
Bebe Neuwirth
The first Broadway show I saw was when I was 11. I saw 'Hair.'