Tina Fey was born Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on May 18, 1970, to Donald and Jeanne Fey. Her father is of German and Irish descent, and her mother is a Greek from Greece (Zenobia “Jeanne” –née Xenakes).

Fey is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She was made famous by her work on Saturday Night Live (1997–2006) and for creating the acclaimed comedy series 30 Rock (2006–2013) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–2019). Fey had also success in the movies with starring roles in Baby Mama (2008), Date Night (2010), Megamind (2010), Muppets Most Wanted (2014), Sisters (2015), and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016).

Fey broke into comedy as part of the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer. In 2004, wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls (and also co-starred).

After leaving SNL in 2006, Fey created the sitcom 30 Rock. In 2011, she released her memoir, Bossypants, which gave her a Grammy Award nomination. In 2015, she co-created the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Fey has received nine Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her Sarah Palin impression on SNL. In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the award.

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”

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