Tina Fey. biography
Born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey on May 18, 1970, in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania, Tina Fey grew up as the dorky schoolgirl with bushy eyebrows and unkempt hair who would rather play games with her friends then go on a date.
But, instead of her awkwardness hindering her confidence, Fey utilized the quality, which she further explored while attending the University of Virginia. After receiving her college degree in 1992, Fey decided to take her quirkiness to Chicago in hopes of igniting a career in comedy.
Once there, Fey began training at the prestigious comedy program Second City alongside some of nations most talented comedians. Following a few years of intense preparation, Fey’s comedic talent was finally uncovered by SNL writers who were scouting Second City for new faces in 1995. As soon SNL creator Lorne Michaels got a hold of her comedy sketches, Fey was immediately signed on as an SNL writer. In 1997, the rising comedian became the first female chief writer in SNL history.
With critics refusing to cast her in part of her drab appearance, Fey concluded that the only way to perform on live TV was to reconstruct her image. Soon after the transformation, Fey joined the SNL cast as a news reporter on the “Weekend Update” sketch alongside Jimmy Fallon in addition to writing its most memorable one-liners.
During her time at SNL, Fey began branching out of the TV genre and successfully established herself as a versatile entertainer when she wrote and starred in the cult-classic comedy Mean Girls (2004) alongside Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and SNL alumni Tim Meadows.
Fey then appeared in the TV movie A.S.S.S.S.C.A.T.: Improv (2005) before creating the popular sitcom 30 Rock (2006) and starring as Liz Lemon opposite Alec Baldwin. Her consistently funny performances went on to earn her both the 2008 and 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress as well as an additional four Golden Globe nominations in the same category.
In 2008, Fey returned to her acting roots opposite SNL alumni Amy Poehler in the romance comedy Baby Mama followed by the fantasy comedy The Invention of Lying (2009) and the crime comedy Date Night (2010) with Steve Carell.
Fey’s most recent comedic films include, Admission (2013) opposite Paul Rudd, Anchorman: The Legend Continues (2013) with Will Ferrell, This Is Where I Leave You (release date unknown) alongside Jason Bateman, and Muppets Most Wanted (2014) with Tom Hiddleston and Christopher Waltz.
Tina Fey Husband & Dating History Timeline
1994 - Present
Fey and Jeff Richmond first met while she was performing at Chicago's Second City in 1994. The two went on to get married on June 3, 2001, and welcome thier daughters Alice Zenobia Richmond (b. September 10, 2005) and Penelope Athena Richmond (b. August 10, 2011).
Did You Know . . .
- Fey is left-handed
- Fey's favorite color is orange
- Fey is married to composer Jeff Richmond
- Fey once admitted to being a mean girl in high school
- Fey is an ardent environmentalist