90 Facts About Tina Fey


Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright.


Tina Fey is known for her work in film, including Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, Megamind, Muppets Most Wanted, Sisters, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Wine Country, and Soul.


Tina Fey broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City.


Tina Fey joined Saturday Night Live as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, appearing as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment and, later, developing a satirical portrayal of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in subsequent guest appearances.


Tina Fey created the musical adaptation Mean Girls, which premiered on Broadway in 2018, and earned her a Tony Award nomination.


Tina Fey has received numerous accolades, including nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Writers Guild of America Awards.


In 2010, Tina Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest recipient of the award.


Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born on May 18,1970 in Upper Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.


Tina Fey's father, Donald Henry Fey, was a Korean War veteran, university administrator for the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, and a grant proposal writer who raised $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public service agencies through proposals and direct mail appeals.


Tina Fey's mother, Zenobia "Jeanne", is a retired brokerage employee born in Piraeus, Greece.


Tina Fey's father had English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry; one of her paternal ancestors was John Hewson, an English textile manufacturer who immigrated to the United States with the support of Benjamin Franklin, enabling Hewson to open a quilting factory in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Tina Fey has a brother, Peter, who is eight years older.


At age 11, Tina Fey read Joe Franklin's Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians for a school project about comedy.


Tina Fey grew up watching Second City Television and has cited Catherine O'Hara as a role model.


Tina Fey attended Cardington-Stonehurst Elementary School and Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby.


Tina Fey attended Upper Darby High School, where she was an honors student, a member of the choir, drama club, and tennis team, and co-editor of the school's newspaper, The Acorn.


Tina Fey anonymously wrote the newspaper's satirical column, The Colonel.


Tina Fey graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in drama.


Tina Fey worked as a receptionist during the day at the YMCA in Evanston, Illinois, and took performance classes at the improvisational comedy troupe The Second City at night.


Tina Fey started doing gigs at Improv Olympic where she first worked with pianist Jeff Richmond, her future husband and collaborator.


Tina Fey was hired as a writer following a meeting with SNL creator Lorne Michaels, and moved from Chicago to New York.


Tina Fey went on to write a series of parodies, including one of ABC's morning talk show The View.


Tina Fey co-wrote the "Sully and Denise" sketches with Rachel Dratch, who plays one of the teens.


In 2000, Tina Fey began performing in sketches, and she and Jimmy Fallon became co-anchors of SNLs Weekend Update segment.


Tina Fey said she did not ask to audition, but that Michaels approached her.


Tina Fey revealed that she "hired" Poehler as her co-host for the segment.


In Rolling Stones February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Tina Fey was ranked third in importance.


In 2002, Tina Fey suggested a pilot episode for a situation comedy about a cable news network to NBC, which rejected it.


In 2007, Tina Fey received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series.


In early 2010, Tina Fey received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Lead Actress.


On June 23,2020, Tina Fey apologized for episodes of 30 Rock where characters appeared in blackface.


In 2015, Tina Fey created and produced the television comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with fellow 30 Rock-alumnus Robert Carlock.


Tina Fey made her debut as writer and co-star of the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls.


In 2006, Tina Fey worked on a script for Paramount Pictures, which was to feature Sacha Baron Cohen, by the name of Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill, based loosely on the true story of a Hasidic rock musician.


Tina Fey received her SAG card after appearing in Artie Lange's Beer League released in 2006, in which she was compelled to join for "a thousand dollars".


In 2013, Tina Fey starred alongside Paul Rudd in the romantic comedy-drama film Admission, based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel by the same name.


Tina Fey later starred in the 2014 comedy-drama This Is Where I Leave You, helmed by Date Night director Shawn Levy.


In 2015, it was announced Tina Fey would be the narrator for the Disney Nature film Monkey Kingdom, which was released in theaters on April 17,2015.


Tina Fey again worked with Poehler, starring in the 2015 comedy film Sisters as the title characters, and received positive reviews for her role.


In 2016, Tina Fey starred in the biographical war comedy-drama Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, to mixed reviews, with some criticizing the whitewashing of characters of color in the film.


Tina Fey dedicated the film to her late father, Don Tina Fey, a veteran, writer, university administrator, and firefighter.


Tina Fey had a supporting role in the comedy film Wine Country, longtime collaborator Amy Poehler's directorial debut, which was released on Netflix in 2019.


Tina Fey is a part of the ensemble, alongside Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Dornan.


Tina Fey is set to write, produce, and star in the musical comedy film Mean Girls: The Musical.


Tina Fey hosted SNL for a second time on April 10,2010, and for her appearance she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.


From September to November 2008, Tina Fey made multiple guest appearances on SNL to perform a series of parodies of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.


Tina Fey returned to SNL in April 2010, and reprised her impression of Palin in one sketch titled the "Sarah Palin Network".


Tina Fey did her impression of Palin when she hosted Saturday Night Live on May 8,2011.


Tina Fey returned to host on December 19,2015, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.


Tina Fey served as one of the presenters on the December 18,2021 episode hosted by Paul Rudd, in an emergency restructuring of the episode due to a surge in cases of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant.


In 2001, Tina Fey formed the television production company Little Stranger with longtime collaborator Eric Gurian.


Tina Fey appeared as a guest judge on the November 25,2007, episode of the Food Network program Iron Chef America.


Tina Fey had guest voice roles in the animated comedy series SpongeBob SquarePants and Phineas and Ferb.


In 2011, Tina Fey narrated The Secret Life of Girls, a two-hour-long radio documentary produced by The Kitchen Sisters.


Tina Fey introduced stories of women and girls from around the world, and shared memories of her own girlhood and mother.


In 2012, Tina Fey made her rapping debut on the Childish Gambino mixtape Royalty.


That same year, Tina Fey was featured as herself in the episode "iShock America" of the Nickelodeon teen sitcom iCarly.


On January 13,2013, Tina Fey hosted the 70th Golden Globe Awards with Amy Poehler, to critical acclaim.


In 2015, Tina Fey guest starred in the Comedy Central variety sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Patricia Arquette.


In 2017, Tina Fey recurred as Diana St Tropez on the NBC sitcom Great News, which she co-executive produced.


Also in 2017, Tina Fey adapted Mean Girls into a musical of the same name.


In February 2021, Tina Fey returned to co-host the 78th Golden Globe Awards with Amy Poehler, for the first ever bi-coastal show.


Tina Fey was broadcast live from the Rainbow Room in New York City and Poehler from the usual venue at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.


Tina Fey executive produced the Peacock musical comedy series Girls5eva, which premiered in May 2021 to critical acclaim.


Also in 2021, Tina Fey began a recurring role as Cinda Canning, a true crime podcaster, in the Hulu mystery comedy series Only Murders in the Building.


Tina Fey voiced the character of Dr Farrah Braun in the series, which premiered in May 2023.


Tina Fey is known for her deadpan humor and delivery; her "sardonic wit" has become a professional trademark, upon which several critics have commented in their reviews of Tina Fey's work.


Seldom hesitating to use herself as the butt of her own jokes, Tina Fey is well known for practicing self-deprecating humor, as demonstrated throughout her performance as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock.


Tina Fey stated that some of the artists who inspired her in her career include British feminist playwright Caryl Churchill, comedian Chris Rock, and composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.


In 2009, Tina Fey was named as Entertainment Weekly's fifth individual in their 15 Entertainers of the 2000s list.


Tina Fey was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003, and continued as one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in 2007,2008, and 2009.


In 2007, Tina Fey placed seventh on the Hot 100 List on AfterEllen.


Tina Fey repeated the appearance the following year, being voted as number one on the list.


Tina Fey has appeared on Forbes' annual Celebrity 100 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in 2008,2009,2010,2011, and 2012 at No 99, No 86, No 90, No 92, and No 79 respectively.


Tina Fey was among the Time 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the world, in 2007 and 2009, as selected annually by Time magazine.


Tina Fey's featured article for the 2009 list was written by 30 Rock co-star, Alec Baldwin.


Tina Fey was selected by Barbara Walters as one of America's 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008.


In September 2011, Tina Fey was ranked at the top of Forbes magazine's list of the highest-paid TV actresses.


In June 2010, it was announced Tina Fey would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.


In 2014, Tina Fey was recognized by Elle magazine during The Women in Hollywood Awards, honoring women for their outstanding achievements in film, spanning all aspects of the motion picture industry, including acting, directing, and producing.


In 2019, Tina Fey was proclaimed the best comedian of the 21st century by The Guardian.


Tina Fey is a supporter of Mercy Corps, a global relief and development organization, in their campaign to end world hunger.


Tina Fey narrated a video for Mercy Corps's Action Center in New York City, describing hunger as a symptom of many wider world problems.


Tina Fey has granted wishes for The Make-A-Wish Foundation and hosted the 2018 Power of a Wish Gala in New York City.


In 1994, two years after Tina Fey joined Chicago's Second City improvisational theatre troupe, she began dating Jeff Richmond, a pianist who later became Second City's musical director and then a composer on 30 Rock.


Tina Fey has a scar a few inches long on the left side of her chin and cheek caused by her being slashed in the face by a stranger in the alley behind her house when she was five years old.


In 2020, Tina Fey revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she called the police to help a man who was drifting in a kayak without an oar on the Hudson River.


Tina Fey has been nominated for a Grammy Award and a Tony Award.


In 2010, Tina Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the award, and it was announced that she would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.


In 2018, Tina Fey received the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence from the Writers Guild of America together with frequent collaborator Robert Carlock.