Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer.
Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group “The Second City”. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment. In 2004, she co-starred in and wrote the screenplay for “Mean Girls”, which was adapted from the 2002 self-help book “Queen Bees and Wannabes”. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series “30 Rock” for Broadway Video, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In the series, Fey portrays the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film “Baby Mama”, alongside former SNL co-star Amy Poehler. Fey next appeared in the 2010 comedy film “Date Night” and the animated film “Megamind”. In 2015, she created and produced the television series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, originally for NBC and eventually for Netflix.
Fey has received eight Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards and was nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book “Bossypants”, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks. In 2008, the “Associated Press” gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL. In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the award. On January 13, 2013, Fey hosted the 70th Golden Globe Awards with her long-time friend and fellow comedian, Amy Poehler, to critical acclaim. The duo hosted again the following two years, generating the highest ratings for the annual ceremony in a decade and receiving similar acclaim.
- Is a huge fan of the Star Wars movies and often uses references to the movies in her roles and writing.
- Has a scar on her left cheek caused by a stranger who slashed her in the face when she was five years old.
- Is semi-fluent in German. She says about herself that she speaks “less than first-grade” German.
- Is the first-ever female head writer of Saturday Night Live.