Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, also known as Tina Fey, has become a phenomenon in the entertainment industry, according to the media. What a fascinating career destined for greatness! As a noted television writer, screenwriter, and actress, her career has taken off. As a child, her family encouraged her desire and enthusiasm to pursue comedy. They were fans of Monty Python and because of the late timing of the show, she was not allowed to stay up and watch, so her brother would act out the skits the next day.
After leaving Second City as an entertainer in 1997, she became a performer and the first female writer on the hit comedy sketch show, Saturday Night Live (SNL). From the beginning, she knew where and what she wanted out of the life she pursued. Fans believe she is refreshing, funny, witty, and even sarcastic but with a sublime humor. Gilda Radner was one of the comedians she admired while a writer on SNL. There is a slight similarity between their comedic styles. Fey grew up in a family that was accustomed to laughter and humor. According to Biography, her dry humor comes from her mom. The star also thanks her dad and brother for introducing her to classic comedy. In the eighth grade, she started writing comedy articles for the school’s newspaper. It is apparent she never swayed from her desire.
Her impression of one-time vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will forever be a great example of the humor that belonged only to her. The public started mimicking Fey’s impression by wearing the glasses and hairdo. That is when fans knew Fey was destined for greatness. On her day off, she sheds the characters that audiences have come to love and becomes down-to-earth. The Encyclopedia of World continues to describe her as, “At home, the comedian is much more of an introvert and not at all like the characters she plays each week on Saturday Night Live.”
Her husband, Jeff Richmond, added, “Her persona is so caustic, but she’s very shy and she doesn’t like confrontation in real life.” Who would image that? She recently returned to SNL to co-host with her friend and former castmate, Amy Poehler, in the same week their new movie, Sisters, was released. She is in demand, as evident in a recent commercial that adds to her repertoire.
According to Biography, the list of awards and honors are many. Here is a listing of a few:
- In 2001, Writer’s Guild Award for her writing on SNL
- In 2002, Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program for the sketch program
- Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series for 30 Rock in 2008 and 2009
- The Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in 2007 and 2008
- The PGA Award for Television Producer of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009
- A People’s Choice Award for Favorite Funny Female Star in 2009
- Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2009
- And another for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
- In 2008, she received a Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
Further examples of her destiny for greatness would be Tina Fey’s charity work. This includes her support of Autism Speaks, an organization that sponsors autism research. She is also a supporter of the Mercy Corps, a global relief and development organization in their campaign to end world hunger. Moreover, Fey also supports the Love Our Children USA organization, which fights violence against children, as well as Light the Night Walk, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
By Patricia A. Tatum
Edited by Cathy Milne and Jeanette Smith
Biography: Tina Fey
The Encyclopedia of World: Tina Fey
IMDb: Saturday Night Live
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