Tina Fey Biography

Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer, most famous for her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. This biography of Tina Fey provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

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Also Known As: Elizabeth Stamatina

Famous as: American actress

Nationality: American

Birth Date: May 18, 1970

Age: 47 Years

Sun Sign: Taurus

Height: 1.64 m

Born in: Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, U.S.

father: Donald Fey

mother: Zenobia Jeanne

siblings: Peter

Spouse/Partner: Jeff Richmond

children: Alice Zenobia Richmond, Penelope Athena Richmond

Personality: INTP

City, States, Provinces & Districts: Pennsylvania

Net worth: $60 million as of Feb 4, 2017

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education: Cardington Elementary School, Beverly Hills Middle School, Upper Darby High School, University of Virginia

awards: 2002 - Primetime Emmy Award
2009 - Primetime Emmy Award
2007 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress

2008 - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
2008 - Emmy Award
2007 - Screen Actors Guild Award
2008-2009 - Screen Actors Guild Award
2013 - Screen Actors Guild Award
2008 - Screen Actors Guild Award
2012 - Screen Actors Guild Award
2008 - People's Choice Award
2011 - Critics' Choice Television Awards
2001 - Screen Actors Guild Award
2007-2008 - Writers Guild of America Award
2011-2012 - Writers Guild of America Award
2007-2008 - Gracie Allen Award
2008 - Television Critics Association Award
2010 - AFI TV Award
2010 - Producers Guild of America Award

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Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, better known by her nickname, Tina Fey, is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer, best known for her work in ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘30 Rock’. Even as a college student, Tina was interested in pursuing a career in comedy. She got her major breakthrough in 1997 when she was hired as a writer for ‘Saturday Night Live’, a late-night live T.V comedy show. After just two seasons, she was promoted to the post of Head writer, the first female to become the head writer in the show’s history. She later on went to create the T.V comedy series ’30 Rock’, loosely based on her experiences as a writer for ‘Saturday Night Live’. The show was a huge critical success and won several awards. She has also made several film appearances, notably in ‘Martin & Orloff’, ‘Mean Girls’, and ‘Baby Mama.’ Even after leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’, Tina made frequent guest appearances on the show to perform a series of parodies of American politician, Sarah Palin. Her performance was much loved and won her numerous accolades. She also authored a book, a comic autobiography titled ‘Bossypants’ in 2011 which topped The New York Times Best Seller list. In addition, she also takes active interests in several charities.

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Tina Fey
Childhood & Early Life
  • Tina was born in Pennsylvania to Zenobia Xenakes, a brokerage employee and Donald Fey, a university grant-proposal writer. She is of mixed ancestry and has one brother.
  • Her interest in comedy developed from a young age as her family often watched comedy shows on T.V, sometimes staying up late in the night.
  • She attended Beverly Hills Middle School before going to Upper Darby High School where she was an honor student and the co-editor of the school newspaper. She wrote a satirical column for the paper anonymously.
  • She enrolled at the University of Virginia to study playwriting and acting, and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.
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  • Tina’s writing and acting career began in 1997 when she got selected as a writer for NBC’s variety show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ In 1999 she became the show’s first female head writer.
  • She began performing sketches in 2000 and along with Jimmy Fallon became the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. In 2004, Fallon was replaced by Amy Poehler, and it was the first time that two women co-anchored Weekend Update. The pair got positive response from the public
  • She wrote the screenplay for, and acted in the 2004 teen comedy film ‘Mean Girls.’ The film depicts the effects high school social cliques can have on teenage girls.
  • In 2006, she created the T.V comedy series ’30 Rock’ based loosely on her experiences in Saturday Night Live as the Head writer. The show was broadcast on NBC from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013.
  • She co-starred with her former colleague Amy Poehler in the comedy film ‘Baby Mama’, released in 2008. The same year, she lent her voice to ‘Ponyo’, a Japanese animated fantasy film.
  • She made two film appearances in 2010. She acted in the action comedy ‘Date Night’ with Steve Carell and her voice was featured in ‘Megamind’, a 3D computer animated action comedy.
  • Tina co-hosted The 70th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2013 with Amy Poehler. She also has many other projects scheduled for the year in the coming months.
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Major Works
  • Tina’s role as a writer and actress on the ‘Saturday Night Live’ is the one that made her so popular and endeared her to fans. She joined the show as a writer and very soon became a performer as well. She rose to the position of the head writer within two years of her joining. She had a very successful stint with Saturday Night Live and left in 2006.
  • She is the creator of ’30 Rock’, the highly successful T.V comedy series that ran on NBC for six years. Tina borrowed from her experience as the head writer at ‘Saturday Night Live’ to develop the comedy show. The series also garnered critical appreciation and won many awards.
Awards & Achievements
  • She was presented the Producers Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series for her show ’30 Rock’ in 2008. This award is given to honor the visionaries who produce and execute motion picture and television product.
  • In 2010, she won The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor awarded by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It is America’s foremost award for humor.
  • She is the recipient of seven Emmy Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She married Jeff Richmond, an actor, director and composer in 2001. They have two daughters.
  • She is actively involved with charities like ‘Autism Speaks’ and ‘Mercy Corps.’ She also supports the U.S organization ‘Love Our Children’ which fights violence against children.
  • She is a big fan of Star War movies and often refers to them in her performances and writing.
  • She is the youngest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize, which she received when she was aged 30.
  • When she was a young girl, a stranger slashed her face with a knife permanently scarring her.
  • She is the author of a bestselling book ‘Bossypants’ (2011).

1. Mean Girls (2004)


2. Megamind (2010)

  (Family, Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi, Action)

3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)


4. Date Night (2010)

  (Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller)

5. The Invention of Lying (2009)

  (Comedy, Fantasy, Romance)

6. Gake no ue no Ponyo (2008)

  (Fantasy, Family, Adventure, Animation, Comedy)

7. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

  (Comedy, Drama)

8. Sisters (2015)


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