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Tina Fey

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father has German, Scottish, and English ancestry. Going by the name of Tina, Fey considered herself a "supernerd" during her high school and college years. She studied drama at the University of Virginia, and after graduating in 1992, she headed to Chicago, the ancestral home of American comedy. While working at a YMCA to support herself, she started Second City's first set of courses. After about nine months, a teacher told her to just skip ahead and audition for the more selective Second City Training Center. She failed but about eight weeks later, she re-auditioned and got into the year-long program. She ended up spending many years at The Second City in Chicago where many SNL cast members first started out. Then in 1995, Saturday Night Live (1975) came to The Second City's cast, including Fey's friend, Adam McKay, as a writer, searching for new talent. What they found was Tina Fey. When Adam was made Head writer, he suggested Fey should send a submission packet over the summer with six sketches, 10 pages each. Tina took the advice and sent them. After Lorne Michaels met her and saw her work she was offered a job a week later. She admitted that she was extremely nervous working in the legendary Studio 8H; being a foot shorter than everyone else, younger, and being one of the only female writers at the time. After a few years, Tina made history by becoming the first female head writer in the show's history. Tina also made her screen debut as a featured player during the 25th season by co-anchoring Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon. Since Tina and Jimmy have taken over Weekend Update it has been considered the best ever. This year she made it to full fledged star by becoming a regular cast member, though she is hardly on the show, besides Update. And during the past two summers, Tina and Rachel Dratch performed their two-woman show to critical acclaim in both Chicago (1999) and New York (2000) and made their Aspen Comedy Festival Debut. Tina is married to Jeff Richmond, a Second City director and lives in New York City.

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May 18, 1970 In Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 2015-03-06

Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 35 wins & 92 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of Saturday Night Live
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Unknown 2015-03-06
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Inside Amy Schumer Unknown 2013-04-30
The Awesomes Unknown 2013-08-01
Inside Comedy Unknown 2012-01-01
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Unknown 2012-03-25
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Unknown 2012-07-19
The Marriage Ref Unknown 2010-02-28
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
Pioneers of Television Self 2 episodes, 2014-2019 2008-01-02
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
iCarly Unknown 2007-09-08
Ace of Cakes Unknown 2006-08-17
30 Rock Liz Lemon / ... 138 episodes, 2006-2013 2006-10-11
Iron Chef America: The Series Unknown 2005-01-16
SpongeBob SquarePants Unknown 1999-05-01
The Challenge Unknown 1998-06-01
Upright Citizens Brigade Unknown 1998-08-19
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Anchor / ... 127 episodes, 1997-2021 1975-10-11
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21