Tina Fey Celebrity Watchlist

Biography

Not only did Tina Fey make history when she became the first-ever female head writer for Saturday Night Live in 1999, she also helped revive the floundering sketch-comedy series. The self-declared übernerd wouldn't be seen on screen until 2000, when she began coanchoring Weekend Update, bringing to the faux news desk a sexy smirk, snappy comic timing and an intellectual wit. Fey was instrumental in bringing several funnywomen to the show, including Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch. In 2004, she made her screenwriting and movie-acting debut with Mean Girls. The next year, she took a break to give birth to a daughter, but six weeks later she was back deadpanning one-liners on late-night TV. Beginning in 2006, she served as creator, writer and star of her own series, 30 Rock, a behind-the-scenes comedy about an SNL-type show. Although her prime-time duties prompted her to leave SNL behind, Fey found monumental success with the critically acclaimed 30 Rock, which earned no less than five Emmy Awards in its first three years. Fey herself became an award darling, scoring Emmy, Golden Globe, People's Choice and Screen Actors Guild prizes for her role as exasperated TV head writer Liz Lemon. She made a triumphant return to her SNL roots in 2008 to portray then-Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a series of guest-star turns. The wickedly on-target impersonation ("I can see Russia from my house") earned her yet another Emmy.

Fast Facts

  • Moved to Chicago after college and studied at the Second City Training Center and ImprovOlympics.
  • Frequently collaborates with fellow Second City alum Rachel Dratch; teamed with Dratch for a sketch-comedy show Dratch & Fey in Chicago and NY.
  • Became first female head writer of Saturday Night Live in 1999 and became Weekend Update co-anchor with Jimmy Fallon in 2000. In 2004, Amy Poehler took over as Update co-anchor upon Fallon's departure from SNL.
  • Named one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year in 2001 and one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2003.
  • Impersonated then-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in recurring guest turns on Saturday Night Live, earning an Emmy for her on-target portrayal of the politician.
  • Released her autobiography, Bossypants, in 2011.
  • Her 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series was shared with Poehler (for when the two hosted a 2015 episode of SNL together) marked the first time an acting Emmy had been shared.
  • Appeared in a series of commercials for American Express.

Awards

  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2005, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Funny Female Star: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — New Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Alice Zenobia Richmond — Daughter
  • Peter Fey — Brother
  • Donald Fey — Father
  • Jeanne Fey — Mother
  • Jeff Richmond — Husband
  • Penelope Athena Richmond — Daughter

College

  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States (BA in Drama, 1992)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey
  • Birth Place: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Comedian, Producer

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