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.
She accepted her Sherry Lansing Award this week.
Tina Fey was hilarious as usual when she went to accept her award at the 2016 Women in Entertainment breakfast this week, talking about what it's like to be both a comedian and a woman, and particularly talking about why she felt that Hillary Clinton lost the election.
Tina Fey gives hilarious Women in Entertainment speech
Introduced by Jon Hamm who presented her with The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Award yesterday morning (December 7th 2016), Tina had her audience in stitches with her gag-filled acceptance speech. She praised Sherry Lansing herself, teased Hamm about not crushing on him and made numerous references to the presidential election, even joking about Donald Trump's recently surfaced 2006 sexist comments.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Has Some News For Us About Why Hillary Clinton Lost
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
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!
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 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.
Continue reading: Tina Fey And Ronda Rousey Teaming Up For Comedy 'Do Nothing Bitches'
The former ‘SNL’ cast members were on hosting duty this time and they brought back a few familiar faces.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were back together on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this weekend, hosting the show’s annual festive episode. The Sisters' stars' return to the series had us all excited for weeks and these two definitely didn’t disappoint and what’s better is, they even brought back Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin!
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted ‘SNL’ together on Saturday night.
It felt like 2008 again during one sketch as the current Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon) had a dream in which she’s visited by her past self (played by Poehler). Past Hillary had plenty of advice for her current self as she prepares to try and make her White House dreams come true.
Tina Fey has finally named the man who called her the c-word, which inspired an episode of ’30 Rock.’
We’ve all known for a long time that the episode of ’30 Rock’ in which Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon was called the c-word was inspired by real life events, but now the comedian has revealed exactly who used the profanity against her.
Tina Fey has revealed which ‘SNL’ cast member called her the c-word.
Appearing on 'The Howard Stern Show' on Monday, Fey said it was former ‘SNL’ cast member Colin Quinn who had actually said it to her. "I love him so much," Fey explained. "I was trying to help him with a show that he was working on, and I think his anxiety about the writing of the show spilled over.”
Continue reading: Tina Fey Reveals Real Story That Inspired '30 Rock's' C-Word Episode
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.
These are the ladies that have made us laugh this year.
The world is well and truly over the times when comedy used to be a male-centred entertainment faction. Nowawdays, it's the ladies of laughter keeping the smiles on our faces with the likes of heavenly duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and of course the iconically hilarious Amy Schumer.
So here's a little tribute to 10 comediennes of the world as 2016 approaches, and we hope to see a lot more of these ladies in the coming months.
Amy Poehler was the star of 'Parks and Recreation'
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”
Harry Lennix, Amir Arinson, Diego Klattenhoff, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Jasin Beghe, Jon Seda, Jane Lynch, Lucy Griffiths, Matt Ryan, Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Taylor Kinney, Scott Cohen, Hope Davis, Kelly Brook, Elisha Cuthbert, Nick Zano, Debra Messing, Cristin Millioti, Ben Feldman, Krysten Ritter, Peter Facinelli. Anna Friel, Jake Robinson, Casey Wilson, Ken Marino, Gavin Stenhouse, Margarita Levieva, Morgan Spector, David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Leslie Odom Jr, Craig Robinson, Tone Bell, Kate Walsh, Hugh Dancy, Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham, David Walton, Ice-T, Raul Esparza, Ellie Kemper, Tina Fey, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Seth Meyers, Josh Lucas, Laz Alanso, Anne Heche and Jimmy Fallon. - 2014 NBC Upfront Presentation at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 12th May 2014
Date of birth
18th May, 1970
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