Elizabeth Stamatina Fey who is popular by the name Tina Fey is an American actress, producer and comedian and a writer as well. She is most noted for being the part of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live since 1998. Further, she is contributing at Saturday Night Live as the first female head writer. Fey rose into the peak of the limelight after her comic portrayal of Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska. She is also widely popular for the series 30 Rock (2006-2013) where Fey was portraying the character of Liz Lemon. She was also the executive producer, creator and writer of the series. Her creation Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is running since 2015. She has made numerous notable works and has starred in movies like Megamind (2010), Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) and much more.
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Tina Fey was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the United States and therefore is American by nationality. Her ethnicity is white and currently resides in New York City. Let’s explore in detail about Fey’s wiki below:
Early Life and Education
The American actress was born as Elizabeth Stamatina Fey on May 18, 1970, which makes Tina Fey age be 48 years old as of 2018.
Tina Fey was born to the parents named Donald Henry Fey (father) and Zenobia Xenakes (mother). Her father was born in 1933 and who passed from this world in 2015. He was a Korean War veteran and has also served the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University as a university administrator. He is popular for being the grant proposal writer whose efforts raised 500 million USD through direct mail appeals and proposals for various schools, public service agencies and hospitals. After the demise of father Donald, Tina formed a scholarship fund on his name at Temple University which was her father’s alma mater. The motive of the fund was to support the veterans who were studying journalism. Likewise, her mother Zenobia was born in 1930 and currently is living her retired life. She used to work as a brokerage employee who is from Piraeus born to parents of Greek immigrants to the United States.
Tina Fey has an elder brother named Peter who is eight years older to her in age. Talking more about her family background, her maternal grandmother named Vasiliki Kourelakou who was from Petrina arrived the United States in February 1921. Her father carried English, German, Scottish and Northern Irish ancestry. It is said that one of her paternal ancestors was textile artist John Hewson (1744–1821) who is known for manufacturing textile during the period of Benjamin Franklin. As per the genealogical DNA test made by television program Finding Your Roots, it was found that Tina’s ancestry includes 94% European, 3% Middle Eastern and 3% Caucasus.
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Fey was inspired by the Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians by Joe Franklin and was raised up watching Second City Television. She refers to Canadian actress Catherine O’Hara Catherine O’Hara as her role model.
Regarding Fey’s education and academic achievements, she joined the Cardington-Stonehurst Elementary School and later attended the Upper Darby-based Beverly Hills Middle School. She realized that she is made for comedy during her middle-school days. She was an honored student while being enrolled at Upper Darby High School and was actively being the member of the drama clubs, choir, tennis team and was also the co-editor of The Acorn, the school’s newspaper. She received her graduation in the year 1988 and after that went to the University of Virginia. Being there, she studied acting and play-writing and was also awarded the Pettway Prize. In 1992, she earned her graduation from the University of Virginia by completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in drama.
Career and Professional Life
After graduation, Fey started working as a receptionist at the YMCA during the daytime in Evanston, Illinois. At the night time, she used to take classes at the theatre troupe Second City. In 1997,m while working at The Second City, she submitted numbers of scripts to NBC’s variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL). She was supported by head writer Adam McKay of the Second City.
Tina was called by SNL creator Lorne Michaels for a meeting and was hired as a writer. For this job, she moved to New York from Chicago. The first sketch of Tina was on air starring Chris Farley in a Sally Jessy Raphael satire. She continued her writing job for ABC’s morning talk show The View and other series of parodies. Being accompanied by Rachel Dratch, she served as the co-writer “Sully and Denise” sketches.
While being in New York, Tina throws her attention on searching for the opportunity to contribute as an anchor and for this process, she even went through weight loss process. She secured her job as the co-anchor in the Weekend Update for Saturday Night Live and made a big breakthrough in her television personality role. She was the screenplay writer and was also starred in the movie Mean Girls which was adopted from a popular self-help book entitled Queen Bees and Wannabes.
In 2006, Fey quit Saturday Night Leave and went for producing a television series entitled 30 Rock. Her experience on SNL played a crucial role while acting as a producer. She was maintaining the role of a head writer in a fictional sketch comedy program and appeared in the movie Baba Mama. She continued her acting journey by appearing in movies like Date Night. She has also contributed the animated movie ‘Megamind’ which earned USD 321 million gross worldwide and is perhaps the biggest venture having such mega commercial success where Tina is associated. Tina was also featured in the romantic-comedy-drama called ‘Admission’ as Portia Nathan in 2013 which was directed by Paul Weltz. She appeared in the role of Nadya, Wendy Altman, Kate Ellis and Kim Baker in Muppets Most Wanted (2014), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Sisters (2015) and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) respectively.
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Is Tina Fey married? The answer is “yes”. She is married to pianist Jeff Richmond. The couple started dating in 1994 while both of them were serving the Second City. Richmond later turned as the musical director and then a composer on 30 Rock for Second City. On June 3, 2001, the beautiful couple celebrated their wedding which was organized in a Greek Orthodox ceremony. It’s been more than 17 years of their marriage and the duo has been committed and faithful towards their conjugal life. They are blessed with two daughters named Alice Zenobia Richmond and Penelope Athena Richmond. The elder daughter Alice was born on September 10, 2005, whereas the younger child Penelope was born on August 10, 2011.
American actress Tina stands at the height of 5 feet and 4.5 inches and weighs about 55 kilograms. She has an amazing body figure measuring 36-25-36 inches whereas she needs the bra size of 34B. She is blessed with dark brown hair and eyes and regarding her dress size and feet size, she needs 4 and 7 respectively. She has a few inches long scar on left side of her face on her chin and cheek. It was revealed in her autobiographical book that the reason behind the scar is being slashed in the face by a stranger while she was in the spring semester of kindergarten.
Salary and Net worth
American actress, producer and comedian Tina Fey have a net worth of 65 million USD. She receives 500 thousand USD as a salary for an episode. Further, she has accumulated her fortune from her writing professions as well and is making a good return on her investment by contributing as a producer. In addition to financial worth, Tina has accumulated numbers of awards and titles in her name. She was named in the Hot 100 List by Maxim magazine in 2002. For her role in the series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Marcia / Dr. Andrea Bayden, Tina has received two Emmy Award nominations in 2015 and 2016.
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Wiki and Facts
One can explore Tuna Fey’s biography on various wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. The comedian’s Twitter profile is available @mstinafey where she has amassed more than 25k followers. She joined Instagram on 1/2/2014 which is reachable @fey_official.