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.
It's October 3rd! And you know what that means...
There have only been two other instances since the Tina Fey penned film came out in 2004 that we could say both 'It's October 3rd' and 'On Wednesdays we wear pink' - 2007 and 2012 - so it's understandable that all us 'Mean Girls' fans are irrationally excited today (Wednesday, October 3rd).
We're celebrating by revisiting some of the best quotes from the movie that are appropriate in everyday conversations:
'Mean Girls' (2004)
Continue reading: Happy Mean Girls Day: 10 Movie Quotes You Can Use In Everyday Life
Tina Fey at the 70th annual Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. This year's big winners were 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' and 'American Crime Story' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 17th September 2018
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.
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.
Tina Fey has honoured her late father, Don Fey, who died on 18th October at the age of 82.
Tina Fey has paid tribute to her late father, describing him as a “great dad” and “a Great American”. Don Fey died on October 18th of heart failure in Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 82 years old.
Tina Fey at Voices For the Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids in New York, June 2015.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Describes Her Late Father As “A Great American”
Ricky Gervais has been named as the host of the Golden Globes Award Ceremony, scheduled to take place in January 2016.
Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes once again. The news was announced on Monday (26th October) by the Hollywood Press Association, the ceremony’s co-producer, and confirmed by Gervais on social media.
Ricky Gervais with his partner, Jane Fallon, at the 67th Emmy Awards Ceremony in September 2015.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Set To Host The Golden Globes For Fourth Time
Just over a year after being involved in a fatal car accident, the comedian made his return to ‘SNL’ joined by some of his ’30 Rock’ co-stars.
Tracy Morgan has made a triumphant return to his former home of ‘Saturday Night Live’, hosting the show just over a year after being involved in a fatal car accident which killed his best friend and left him fighting for his life. The comedian showed he is well and truly back as he hosted the long-running sketch show, with a little help from his ’30 Rock’ pals.
Tracy Morgan has made his return to live TV, hosting ‘SNL’.
"People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity? But the truth is, I never did! I might actually be a few points higher now,” Morgan said, opening the show.
Continue reading: Tracy Morgan Makes Triumphant Return To 'Saturday Night Live'
Maura and Jane have a lot of differences; Maura has a high-flying job at a hospital, though is recovering from a divorce and a little nervous when it comes to meeting other men, while Jane is, well, not. They're nonetheless the best sisters you could imagine and always bring out the best in each other. However, when they're parents call them back to their childhood home, they discover that it's been sold and they have to clean out the room they had as girls. Going through their old stuff brings back a lot of memories though, and Jane decides to encourage Maura to throw a huge neighborhood party before they have to leave. It's a time where they can re-connect to their teenage selves, hook up with some cute guys and get totally drunk. This is going to be messy.
Continue: Sisters Trailer
David Letterman's 'Late Show' set has been dismantled mere hours after the final episode aired.
David Letterman's Late Show set has already been thrown in the trash. The talk show host's last show was on Wednesday night (20th May) but within 24 hours the set had been dismantled and parts of it could be seen in a dumpster close to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
David Letterman's Late Show set was quickly dismantled after the final episode aired.
Jim Carrey was rocking his beard - which is looking incerasingly bushier - as he arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for the last episode of 'The Late Show with David Letterman'. He was also sporting a T-shirt with the slogan 'Spank You'; a catchphrase of his from the 'Ace Ventura' movies.
'30 Rock' star Alec Baldwin arrives with his heavily pregnant wife Hilaria Baldwin and their young daughter Carmen at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for the last ever episode of 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. Alec appears to be clutching a gold-wrapped gift - presumably for David Letterman - which he puts aside as he poses with his family. The Baldwins appear to be on good terms with the photographers, as Hilaria shakes one of their hands and Alec asks them if someone he knows is about. He is later seen taking photos of the paparazzi with his phone.
Date of birth
18th May, 1970
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