Tina Fey

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Tina Fey

Born

5/18/1970, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Elizabeth Tina Fey, Tina Faye, Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey, Elizabeth Fey
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Biography

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In high-school, Tina Fey considered herself a "supernerd." She studied drama at the University of Virginia, and after graduating she headed to Chicago. She began taking classes at the famed Second City. When friend Adam Mckay became head writer at 'Saturday Night Live' , he had Fey send…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Tina enjoys baking cookies and sewing.

    • Tina and her husband finally revealed in Vanity Fair magazine how she got the scar on her face. The scar is the result of a violent cutting attack by a stranger in her front yard when she was five years old.

    • Tina's mother is Greek, and her father is German/Scottish-American.

    • Tina was voted No. 1 on AfterEllen.com's 'Hot 100' list of 2008. The previous year she was ranked 7th.

    • Tina is a Star Wars fan. Her favorite character is Princess Leia.

    • Tina was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in 2003 and again in 2007.

    • When Tina was a young girl she wanted to be a ball girl for the Philadelphia Phillies.

    • In high school Tina was a straight-A student.

    • Tina's favorite color is orange.

    • Tina prefers working in television over movies because of its fast pace and more immediate schedule.

    • Tina is 5'4" tall.

    • Tina grew up surrounded by humor, her parents loved comedy, and watched funny movies all of the time. Her mother's biting wit encouraged Tina to start making snappy remarks & quick comebacks. She credits these influences with molding her into the comic she is today.

    • Tina Fey's major award wins & nominations:


       


      Emmy Awards


      * 2013 Emmy Award: Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock: Last Lunch (Win)


      * 2010 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2010 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for 30 Rock: Lee Marvin Vs. Derek Jeter (Nomination)


      * 2010 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding (Nomination)


      * 2009 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2009 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2008 (Win)


      * 2009 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2008 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for 30 Rock: Cooter (Win)


      * 2008 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)


      * 2008 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2007 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2007 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2007 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for 30 Rock: Tracy Does Conan (Nomination)


      * 2003 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)


      * 2002 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for Saturday Night Live (Win)


      * 2001 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)


       


      Golden Globe Awards


      * 2010 Golden Globe Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2008 Golden Globe Awards: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for 30 Rock (Win)


       


      Screen Actor Guild Awards


      * 2010 Screen Actor Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2010 Screen Actor Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2009 Screen Actor Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2009 Screen Actor Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2008 Screen Actor Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2008 Screen Actor Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


       


      Writers Guild Awards


      * 2010 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2009 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2009 Writers Guild Awards: Episodic Comedy for 30 Rock: Cooter (Nomination)


      * 2008 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Win)


      * 2007 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety - (Including Talk) Series for Saturday Night Live (Win)


      * 2007 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2007 Writers Guild Awards: New Series for 30 Rock (Nomination)


      * 2005 Writers Guild Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay for Mean Girls (Nomination)


      * 2003 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)


      * 2003 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials for NBC 75th Anniversary Special (Nomination)


      * 2002 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)


      * 2001 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Any Length for Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (Win)


      * 2001 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series for Saturday Night Live (Win)


      * 2001 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)


      * 2001 Writers Guild Awards: Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) - Series for Saturday Night Live (Nomination)

    • Tina has written the following as head writer on Saturday Night Live: Old French Whore, The View, Sully and Denise and The Monica Lewinsky skits to name a few.

    • Tina was the first female head writer on Saturday Night Live.

    • Tina's husband, Jeff Richmond is a Second City director, and that's how they met. Jeff is ten years older than her.

    • Tina graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1988. She was inducted into their Wall of Fame in 2004.

    • On May 20, 2006, Tina surprised many Saturday Night Live viewers by stating she was leaving SNL. Tina left to work on her own show 30 Rock.

    • Tina played the role of Frenchie in her high school's production of Grease. She later played the role of Sally Bowels in a production of Cabaret in her last year of college.

    • Tina's older brother, Peter works as a web editor on QVC, the Home Shopping Network. Peter is 8 years older than Tina.

    • Tina's first comedy job was writing an anonymous column for her high school newspaper, The Acorn under the alias 'The Colonel'.

    • When Tina worked on Saturday Night Live she was one of a small group of writers and producers who decided which sketches would air, and which writers would join the staff.

    • Tina was labeled 'The thinking man's sex symbol' by GQ magazine in 2003.

    • Tina staged an intervention for her Mean Girls co-star Lindsey Lohan, after her Saturday Night Live performance. She and fellow castmates tried to convince her to drop her partying ways.

    • Tina used to do the Asscat shows every week at Upright Citizen's Brigade theater in New York.

    • Tina will watch any television show having to do with 'transformations.' This includes anything from home renovations to makeovers.

    • Tina has a nude photo of Blaze Starr hanging in her office.

    • Tina did a print ad for The Gap.

    • Tina and fellow former Saturday Night Live co-star Cheri Oteri attended the same high school.

    • Tina recorded the voices of two princesses in the Williams' pinball machine Medieval Madness.

    • Tina's trademark are her black rimmed glasses.

    • Tina's rankings in magazines:

      *Tina was ranked #8 in Entertainment Weekly magazine's 'Entertainer Of The Year' in 2001.
      *Tina was ranked #80 in Maxim magazine's '100 Sexiest Women' in 2002.

    • Tina is left handed.

    • Tina and fellow Saturday Night Live co-star Rachel Dratch performed their two-woman stage show called Dratch and Fey in Chicago in 1999, and in New York, in 2000.

    • Tina based her first screenplay Mean Girls, on an article that she read in the New York Times.

    • Early in her career, Tina worked at a YMCA during the day while she studied at the Second City improv group by night.

    • Tina studied drama at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1992.

    • Tina gave birth to first child, a 5 pound, 5 ounce baby girl named Alice on September 10th, 2005.

    • Tina co-anchored "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon (2000-2003). When Jimmy left the show Tina co-anchored with Amy Poehler (2003-2006).

  • Quotes

    • Tina: (Fey was exposed to comedy early and has recalled) I remember my parents sneaking me in to see Young Frankenstein. We would also watch Saturday Night Live, or Monty Python, or old Marx Brothers movies. My dad would let us stay up late to watch The Honeymooners. We were not allowed to watch The Flintstones though: my dad hated it because it ripped off The Honeymooners. I actually have a very low level of Flintstones knowledge for someone my age.

    • Tina: (on discussing how she got the scar on her face) It's impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it.

    • Tina: (About playing Sarah Palin on'Saturday Night Live') We're gonna take it week by week. If she wins, I'm done. I can't do that for four years. And by 'I'm done,' I mean I'm leaving Earth.

    • Tina: (after 9/11) My parents have been very brave about my being here, and I remember after the 11th thinking for sure they were going to say, 'Come home, come home.' Instead, my father gave me a speech about how important it was for me to be brave and stay in New York and keep working. That inspired me quite a bit.

    • Tina: I'm more of a writer than an actor, and I used to say that I'm mostly an improviser, though I haven't improvised in awhile.

    • Tina: (on the ratings of '30 Rock') I used to do plays in Chicago... for literally, two people. So when they tell me, 'Bad news, only 6 million people watched the show,' I'm like, 'That sounds pretty good!'

    • Tina: (on wanting Oprah to appear on '30 Rock') I still want Oprah to play my best friend. I want to spend time with Oprah.

    • Tina: (if she would want to have Britney Spears on '30 Rock') We usually write a part first and think about who would be good. If there were a part that would be appropriate, I don't think we would hesitate to go to somebody like that. I actually worked with Britney twice at Saturday Night Live and she was professional and nice.

    • Tina: I think for women especially, you need to have a plan. I need to have some other ways to generate income, so I don't have to stretch my face or lift the top of my head with surgery or something.

    • Tina: (about returning to 'Saturday Night Live' after only a 43-day maternity leave) I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement. (2005)

    • Tina: I regret sinking to that level of discourse. But Paris is a terrible role model and a terrible young woman. She needs to be ignored. I work with people who have 12, 13, 14-year-old girls, who are fascinated by her. They look up to her, and that's not great.

    • Tina: If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.

    • Tina: I like to crack the jokes now and again, but it's only because I struggle with math.

    • Tina: (on her character Liz Lemon from '30 Rock') She doesn't say anything that I wouldn't at least agree with.

    • Tina: You can't stay at Saturday Night Live forever. It's a little like trying to stay in high school forever. You need to move on, and you need to let somebody else have their turn.

    • Tina: I definitely have no illusions-the writing is what I'm better at. I love performing with my friends, stuff I helped create. But I wouldn't really want a lifestyle where I go around and audition and try to get jobs.

    • Tina: (on being one of 'People' magazine's Most Beautiful People) Every year there's one person who you think 'How the hell did that person get on the list?' This year I'm proud to be that person.

    • Tina: We just had a small party for her first birthday because they say don't overwhelm the baby. So I just had 1,000 people over. No, we had a little party. She's walking like a crazy person!

    • Tina: (on leaving 'Saturday Night Live') You can't stay forever. It's not fair. I feel like a senior with a bunch of great freshman. It was time to let them have their time.

    • Tina: Somewhere around the 5th or 7th grade, I figured out that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh. Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me, but after awhile, it became part of my identity.

    • Tina: I am just going to focus just on the new show right now. I've been at Saturday Night Live for nine years total. I know I'll never ever not be there in some way. I'm never not going to call up with an opinion or show up on hiatus want to write a sketch. But I will not be in the cast.

    • Tina: I was nerdy [in high school]. I was not a popular girl in the traditional sense, but I think I was known for being relatively scathing. At the time, I thought I was being scathing to the people who really deserved it, but in retrospect, I probably was a little bit mean.

    • Tina: I have to say, I'm really not that attractive. Until I met my husband, I could not get a date.

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