Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, better known by her nickname Tina Fey, is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is 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 TV 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 then went on to create the TV 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 films like ‘Martin & Orloff,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ and ‘Baby Mama.’ Even after leaving ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Tina has made frequent guest appearances on the show. During her guest appearances, she performed a series of parodies on 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.
Childhood & Early Life
Tina was born on May 18, 1970, in Pennsylvania, USA, 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 at a young age as her family often watched comedy shows on TV, sometimes staying up late in the night to watch their favorite shows.
She attended ‘Beverly Hills Middle School’ before going to ‘Upper Darby High School’ where she was an honor student and co-editor of the school newspaper. She anonymously wrote a satirical column for the paper.
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 was 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. Along with Jimmy Fallon, she became the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s ‘Weekend Update.’ In 2004, Fallon was replaced by Amy Poehler. For the first time ‘Weekend Update’ was anchored by two women. The pair got positive response from the public.
She wrote the screenplay for the 2004 teen comedy film ‘Mean Girls’ in which she also portrayed a role. The film depicts the effects of high school social cliques on teenage girls.
In 2006, she created the TV comedy series ‘30 Rock,’ based loosely on her experiences as the head writer in ‘Saturday Night Live.’ 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’ which released in 2008. The same year, she voiced ‘Lisa’ in ‘Ponyo,’ a Japanese animated fantasy film.
In 2010, she acted in the action comedy film ‘Date Night’ with Steve Carell. The same year, she voiced ‘Roxanne Ritchi’ in ‘Megamind,’ a 3D computer animated action comedy film.
Tina co-hosted the 70th ‘Golden Globe Awards’ in 2013 with Amy Poehler. The following year, she played ‘Nadya’ and ‘Wendy Altman’ in ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ and ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ respectively.
In 2015, she was seen in a comedy film titled ‘Sisters’ alongside Amy Poehler. The following year, she was seen in a biographical war comedy-drama film titled ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ where she played ‘Kim Baker.’
From 2017 to 2018, she portrayed ‘Diana St. Tropez’ on NBC's ‘Great News.’ She was then seen in the 2019 comedy film ‘Wine Country’ where she played ‘Tammy.’
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Tina’s work as a writer and actress on ‘Saturday Night Live’ is the one that made her popular among fans. She joined the show as a writer and soon became a performer as well. She was promoted to the position of head writer within two years of her joining. She had a very successful stint with ‘Saturday Night Live’ before leaving the show in 2006.
She is the creator of ‘30 Rock,’ the highly successful TV comedy series that ran on NBC for six years. Tina used her experience as the head writer at ‘Saturday Night Live’ to develop the comedy show. The series garnered critical appreciation and won many awards.
Awards & Achievements
She was presented with the ‘Producers Guild of America Award’ 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.
As of 2020, she is the recipient of nine ‘Emmy Awards,’ five ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards,’ seven ‘Writers Guild of America Awards,’ and three ‘Golden Globe Awards.’
Personal Life & Legacy
In 2001, she married Jeff Richmond, an actor, director, and composer. 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 the ‘Star Wars’ movie series and often refers to them in her performance and writing.
She is the youngest recipient of the ‘Mark Twain Prize,’ which she received when she was 30 years old.
When she was a young girl, a stranger slashed her face with a knife, scarring her permanently.
She is the author of the bestselling book ‘Bossypants’ (2011).