Tina Fey (born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, 18.5.1970)
Tina Fey is a comedian, writer and producer. She is one of the writers for Saturday Night Live and has won six Emmys for her work.
Tina Fey: Childhood
Tina Fey was born in the Upper Darby area of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, to Zenovia and Donald Fey. She has a mixed ancestry of Greek (on her mother's side), German and Scottish (on her father's side).
Tina's parents encouraged her to watch comedy as a child, letting her stay up to watch Honeymooners and sneaking her in to the cinema to see Young Frankenstein.
As a child, Fey studied at Cardington Elementary School and Beverley Hills Middle School. In the eighth grade, she did a comedy project, at which point her love of the subject was really starting to take form.
Tina Fey: Comedy Career
Tina Fey studied drama at the University of Virginia and graduated in 1992. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study at The Second City theatre school. Two years later, Fey was invited to join the core Second City theatre group and performed in Paradigm Lost.
In 1997, Fey enlisted the help of Adam McKay, who landed her a role as a writer for the hugely popular Saturday Night Live. By 1999, she became the first female head writer on Saturday Night Live. Fey won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2001 for her role in co-writing the Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary show. The team of writers also went on to win an Emmy Award for their writing in 2002.
Fey was absent from the 'Weekend Update' section of the show for two episodes when she was on maternity leave for the birth of her daughter Alice. Horatio Sanz replaced her for those two episodes before she returned to work, joking "I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement." Fey was co-anchor of 'Weekend Update' with Jimmy Fallon. When Fallon left as a cast member, he was replaced by Amy Poehler.
Fey left Saturday Night Live to work on a new show, 30 Rock but in February 2008 she returned to host the first show of Saturday Night Live after the Writers Guild of America strike. Whilst hosting the show, she performed an impression of Ellen Page (as her role in Juno). She also returned to the show in September 2008 to perform an impression of Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate in the 2008 US Presidential elections against Barack Obama. In a later episode, she returned to the role, with George W. Bush played by Will Ferrell.
Tina Fey developed the sitcom 30 Rock for NBC, which she not only writes but also stars in. The show won an Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Fey herself won an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
In 2004, Tina Fey wrote and co-starred in Mean Girls, which also starred Lindsay Lohan. She also starred in Baby Mama, along with her Saturday Night Live co-star Amy Poehler.
Tina Fey: Personal Life
Tina Fey married Jeff Richmond in 2001. Richmond is a composer on Saturday Night Live and the pair met whilst they were both at The Second City.
TV personality Jimmy Fallon has never cracked the code on how to style his hair.
The late night talk show host always looks dapper while sat behind his desk to interview guests, either rocking a smart suit or a slightly more casual ensemble. While he may appear to have mastered his style from the outside, Jimmy admits he still struggles to find the right 'do for his locks.
"As far as hair goes, I’ve never cracked the code, really," he told U.S. InStyle. "I’m at an OK phase right now, but on (Saturday Night Live's) Weekend Update, I tried every hairstyle known to man. Awful ones. Asymmetrical ones. Haircuts where (co-anchor) Tina (Fey) was saying, 'What is going on with that?' And I was like, 'I know. This one’s a bad one.' I remember looking at magazines and thinking, 'That’s a good look'. I’d do that."
For a photo shoot to accompany his interview, 41-year-old Jimmy rocks an array of cool garments, including a black and white striped top under a grey pea coat and a dark cardigan with a collared shirt.
Continue reading: Jimmy Fallon Ashamed Of Old Hairstyles
Margot Robbie says she wants to be known for her on-screen roles rather than her looks.
Margot Robbie wants to be known for her work rather than her looks.
The 'Suicide Squad' actress has made a name for herself in Hollywood since leaving Australian soap 'Neighbours' and Margot, 25, is more interested in interesting roles rather than looking glamorous onscreen.
She told Woman's Day: ''I want to keep looking for roles where the main interest will be in the character and her importance in driving a story forward, rather than her relationship with a male character.
Continue reading: Margot Robbie Doesn't Want To Be Known For Her Looks
Tina Fey is planning to spend the "whole summer" working on the Mean Girls musical.
The 45-year-old star has been busy in recent months with hit Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which she created and appears in. But since the show's star Ellie Kemper recently revealed she is pregnant with her first child, a break from the show will give Tina the time she needs to write the much talked about musical adaptation of 2004 hit movie Mean Girls.
"We’re working on the musical adaptation, and thanks to Ellie Kemper’s pregnancy, we have this whole summer to work on it,” Tina told a delighted audience during a Tribeca Film Festival panel event on Tuesday night (19Apr16).
Tina, who wrote the screenplay for the film, will be penning the stage show with husband Jeff Richmond. However, she isn't sure whether to keep the plot as it is, or to bring it up to date by including technological developments like social media.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Working On Mean Girls Musical This Summer
Ellie Kemper told Tina Fey about her pregnancy before her own mother.
The 35-year-old actress announced she and husband Michael Koman are expecting their first child during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (13Apr16).
"I have big news! I’m pregnant!" a beaming Ellie told Jimmy, who was quick to greet the baby.
"I can’t wait to see the show! Your mom is really talented!" Jimmy laughed.
Continue reading: Ellie Kemper: 'Tina Fey Knows My Every Secret!'
Ellie Kemper is such a worrier that she often "catastrophizes" situations.
The 35-year-old actress made a name for herself through roles in the US television show The Office and comedy movie Bridesmaids, as well as critically-acclaimed Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Ellie plays the lead in the series, which tells the story of a young women getting used to the world after being rescued from a doomsday cult.
Ellie admits in a new interview she constantly worries about her portrayal of Kimmy on screen, but that's not a new experience for her.
"I'm a natural worrier," she told Britain's Stylist magazine. "I worry about the most mundane stuff. Yesterday was my sister’s birthday and I was printing out an old photo of her to make a card and the cartridge wasn’t working – honestly, how are you still listening to this? – and I was like, ‘I can’t go and get one because there’s no gas in the tank but I can’t wait… maybe my husband can bring one home but if not, her birthday is going to be ruined!’ I catastrophize."
Continue reading: Ellie Kemper: 'I Worry About The Most Mundane Stuff!'
Tina Fey has changed her Emmy status so she can vote for Sarah Paulson, star of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The comic actress has admitted she is "obsessed" with Sarah's portrayal of Marcia Clark in the TV series, a character she also parodied in the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (UKS).
Tina is so keen on the Ryan Murphy true crime show she has now changed her Emmy voting status so she can support the stars of the show at this year’s awards.
At the Season 2 premiere, Tina, spoke about her obsession with The People vs OJ, explaining how she telephoned the Emmys to change her voting status from writer to acting peer.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Changed Emmy Status For People V. O.j. Stars
Kimmy is back with a new job and a new man in her sights.
Everyone’s favourite Doomsday cult survivor Kimmy Schmidt is coming back and facing even more changes in her life. Netflix has just dropped the trailer for season two of the Tina Fey penned comedy and this time Kimmy’s got a new job and a new love interest, but the same old friends.
Ellie Kemper stars in ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ on Netflix.
When we last saw Kimmy at the end of season one, she had travelled back to Indiana to help put her former captor, the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, behind bars. She’d also lost her job, as wealthy trophy-wife Mrs Voorhees had decided to leave her husband and move back home to South Dakota.
Continue reading: 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season Two Trailer Is Here!
Officials behind the Oscars have promised to make good on their $65,000 (£45,940) donation to the Girl Scouts organisation.
Host Chris Rock invited members of his daughters' Girl Scouts Troop 5215 from Inglewood, California to sell their cookies to the celebrities in the audience at the Academy Awards last month (Feb16), and they managed to shift 400 boxes of treats to hungry stars like Leonardo Dicaprio, Tina Fey, Charlize Theron and John Legend.
Chris later announced the sales push had raised $65,000 for the organisation, although it was subsequently revealed that the 'total' was simply part of the stunt. However, bosses at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) pledged to make the big donation to the Girl Scouts to thank them for their efforts.
Almost two weeks on and AMPAS officials have apparently failed to hand over the cheque, prompting concerned mum Latoya Edwards, whose daughter is in Troop 5215, to speak out about the missing funds to TMZ.com.
Continue reading: Oscars Bosses Promise To Honour Girl Scouts Donation
Margot Robbie was intimidated at the thought of working with Mean Girls creator Tina Fey.
The pair star alongside each other in new movie Whisky Tango Foxtrot, about an American news producer who takes a job covering war in Afghanistan.
Tina, 45, is one of Hollywood’s queens of comedy, so working with such a legend was daunting for Margot.
“I have to admit it’s intimidating when you know you’re working with one of the greatest sketch comedians and comedic actresses of all time,” Margot told Britain’s Hello! magazine.
Continue reading: Margot Robbie's 'Intimidated' By Tina Fey
Tina Fey was once left horrified after a New Yorker dumped dog faeces in her daughter's stroller.
The 45-year-old comedian has been a resident of New York City since the 1990s, having put down roots in the metropolis' Upper West Side neighbourhood.
And one day while she was standing outside a movie theatre near her home, some stranger decided to make her kid's baby buggy a trash bin.
"A guy put dog s**t on my kid's stroller," she tells the New York Daily News. "That was crazy.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Stunned By Dog Poop Attack
Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson, Tina Fey , Steve Carell - 88th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre - Press Room at Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Date of birth
18th May, 1970
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