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.
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.
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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!
Tina Fey has taken on an unusual role in her latest film as an actor-producer.
In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, she plays real-life journalist Kim Barker, who quit her desk job to cover the war in Afghanistan for three years. Fey first heard about Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle because it mentions that she saw herself as a Tina Fey type.
"When I read the book, I enjoyed it so much that I had to jump quickly," Fey says. "A lot of times, when you read a book like that you're like, 'Oh my gosh, I have to get this before anyone else buys it.' Otherwise the movie could have starred, like, Julia Roberts or Kate Winslet!"
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Fey's new comedy is the latest to divide opinion.
Tina Fey's newest comedy endeavour 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' has managed to triumph in the eyes of most critics, who have accepted the whole WTF aspect and generally enjoyed the ride even if it was a little messy in parts. But some reviewers had some less positive points to make.
Tina Fey's new comedy has critics flummoxed
'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' generally seems to have fared better for those open to the fact that this is not a straight comedy. Based on the autobiography of Kim Barker, it follows a journalist taking a huge leap in jetting off to Afghanistan and Pakistan warzones to cover the conflicts there.
Continue reading: Tina Fey's 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' Got The WTF Part Down - Reviews
The ‘Sisters’ star says women in comedy are still getting paid less than their male counterparts.
As one of the most successful women in comedy Tina Fey is among the most recognisable funny ladies on the planet. But even with her success the comedian thinks it’s still a ‘terrible time’ for women in comedy, because despite all the amazing work they do, they're still getting paid less than male stars.
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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
The comedy will be written by Paula Pell, who worked with Fey on ‘Sisters’.
It’s an unlikely pairing, but comedian Tina Fey and former UFC champ Ronda Rousey are set to team up together on the big screen for a new comedy. Titled Do Nothing Bitches, the script will be written by Paula Pell, who also penned Sisters, and is based on an interview Rousey gave last year about female self-worth.
Ronda Rousey is set to star opposite Tina Fey in Do Nothing Bitches.
According to Deadline, the film is ‘a female-empowerment tale dealing with wealthy pampered wives who get a rude awakening at a camp where Rousey plays the no-nonsense instructor.’ The idea came from an interview Rousey gave in the summer that has so far generated more than 3 million hits on YouTube.
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Being over 40 and a female journalist in the city means you don't necessarily get the good projects to work on. Kim Barker is just one of those women and she's in need of a new dose of... something. Her relationship is static and her life hasn't exactly become the success story she hoped it would.
When her news organisation is looking for some new field reporters, Kim decides that it might be the chance she's looking for. Sure, the new job might be based in Kabul, but it's got to be better than what she's got. Arriving in the foreign land, she's sent to 'the fun house', a name given to the building where all the foreign journalists live. Learning how to report from two countries and moving back and forth with armed escorts soon becomes the norm for Kim and she develops a an affection for a country most would be wanting to distance themselves from.
As well as reporting - often menial - stories, Kim quickly becomes absorbed in the local way life as well as finding a few new friends also living in the fun house. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on Kim Barker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Fey has not gotten away with all those 'SNL' sketches.
The tables have turned on Tina Fey as Sarah Palin gets back at Fey's numerous 'SNL' impressions of her with an impersonation of Palin's own. Admittedly, Palin isn't looking at winning any sort of comedy award anytime soon, so it looks like Fey's job as herself is still pretty safe.
Sarah Palin tries her hand at comedy
For the Independent Journal Review, Republican politician and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin parodied Tina Fey's NBC show '30 Rock' with a comedy of her own entitled '31 Rock'. In it she plays a character called Lynn Melon (as opposed to Fey's Liz Lemon), and it's her own quirky way of plugging her new book 'Sweet Freedom: A Devotional' which was released in November 2015 and advises readers of several Biblical verses that can help people through the stresses and anxieties of their day to day life. It's an unusual advertisement for such a seemingly serious self-help publication.
Even Jimmy Fallon was impressed!
It's no secret that Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in Hollywood right now, and now she's gone one step further and proved she's a stellar impressionist too! Sure, her Robert De Niro could use a little work, but her Sofia Vergara was on point.
As if we needed another reason to love Tina Fey
The 'Saturday Night Live' comedienne played First Impressions with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show' with hilarious results. While Fallon mocked her generally terrible ability to mimic, even he couldn't deny that her albeit brief impression of 'Modern Family' star Sofia Vergara was practically faultless. Plus, her Elmo voice is one of the best we've ever heard. Still, Jack Nicholson wasn't bad either considering it's hard for a woman to reach that vocal register.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler talk Sisters and the advantages of making an R rated movie - the freedom to curse and not have to curb their use of bad language is a big pro for the two comediennes! The duo also explain what the main differences between shooting a TV sitcom and a feature film are.
On their favourite parts of the movie? The duo loved doing the more physical aspects and getting to trash houses - something most of their other characters wouldn't ever dream of!
Sisters is directed by Jason Moore and it was writte by Paula Pell. The film will be released December 12 2015.
Date of birth
18th May, 1970
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