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Tina Fey

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  • Eye Color
  • Hair ColorBrunettes
  • Birthdate05/18/70
  • HometownUpper Darby, Pennsylvania

About Tina Fey

Comedian, writer, and actress Tina Fey was born Elizabeth Stamatina Fey on May 18, 1970 in the Philadelphia suburb Upper Darby. At five years old she was playing in her front yard when a stranger approached and slashed her face with a knife. Tina rarely talks about the incident now.

“It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” she told Vanity Fair. And Tina didn’t let the scar impact her. “I proceeded unaware of it,” she told the magazine. “I was a very confident little kid. It’s really almost like I’m kind of able to forget about it, until I was on camera, and it became a thing of, ‘Oh, I guess we should use this side’ or whatever. Everybody’s got a better side.”

Tina grew up in a Greek and German family, and describes herself as a supernerd. She went to the University of Virginia, where she studied drama. After college, Tina moved to Chicago and enrolled in the comedy training ground Second City. In the mid-90s, Saturday Night Live came calling and she moved to New York to write for the show, and eventually became the show’s first female head writer.

“What I learned about bombing as a writer for Saturday Night Live is that you can’t be too worried about your permanent record,” Tina wrote in The New Yorker. “Yes, you’re going to write some sketches that you love and are proud of forever—your golden nuggets. But you’re also going to write some real shit nuggets. You can’t worry about it. As long as you know the difference, you can go back to panning for gold on Monday.”

Unhappy with how she looked in the SNL monitor, Tina decided it was time to lose weight and up her image. “Because of the Greek-girl thing, I have, like, boobs and butt,” she told Vanity Fair. As a result, “I only have two speeds—either matronly or a little too slutty. I have to be steered away from cheetah print.”

Tina said she wanted to be “PBS pretty”—aka pretty for a smart writer. But her new look landed her behind the Weekend Update anchor desk, and she became what New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter calls “the sex symbol for every man who reads without moving his lips.”

Her success did not end there. She went on to write and star on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2006 to 2013, and has worked on a list of movies that includes Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, and This Is Where I Leave You. She also writes and stars on the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

She has won multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Writers Guild awards, and penned the bestselling autobiography Bossypants.

“I don’t fit the mold,” Tina told Vogue. “In this country, success usually happens when you are 22 and six feet tall.”

Tina is married to musician Jeff Richmond, and the couple has two daughters.

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