Who is Tina Fey?
Elizabeth Stamatina “Tina” Fey was born on 18 May 1970, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania USA, of English, German, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Greek descent, and is an actress, comedian, playwright, producer and writer, probably best known for initially earning popularity through the comedy sketch series entitled “Saturday Night Live”, which she was a part of from 1997 to 2006.
The Wealth of Tina Fey
How rich is Tina Fey? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $60 million, mostly earned through success in the entertainment industry. She is known for her work in the creation of various comedy series, as well as starring in numerous high profile films. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and EducationTina’s father was a Korean War veteran turned educator, and her mother is a retired brokerage employee. She grew up with an older brother, and thanks to her parents, she was exposed to comedy early – they often watched comedy shows including “Monty Python”, “Saturday Night Live”, and “Young Frankenstein”. She would attend Beverly Hills Middle School, by which time she had already decided that she wanted to pursue a career in comedy. She moved on to Upper Darby High School, where she was a member of several school clubs, but was actually an honors student too. After matriculating, she enrolled at the University of Virginia where she studied acting and play-writing, graduating with a degree in drama in 1992. After completing her studies, she initially worked as a receptionist while taking night classes at Second City.
Saturday Night Live
Fey would submit several scripts to the show “Saturday Night Live”, which led to her becoming a writer for the show. She initially struggled with SNL but eventually got her stride – she appeared in a 1998 episode, which encouraged her to lose 30 pounds as she wanted to get more camera time. She would eventually become, SNL’s first female head writer, and in 2000 she started performing in sketches too. She often worked with Jimmy Fallon in the “Weekend Update” segment, and in the following year, she would win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
After Fallon left the show, Fey would worked with Amy Poehler, the two developing good chemistry which led to a positive viewer reception. She eventually left “SNL” after the 2005-2006 season in order to develop “30 Rock”, having been credited as one of the most important pieces of SNL history, helping to resurrect the show after most of the big stars left.
30 Rock and Film Roles
The idea of “30 Rock” was pitched by Tina to the NBC, an SNL-style series which NBC accepted. The show attracted favorable reviews, and in 2007 she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actress, while the show itself won the Outstanding Comedy Series category. She continued gaining award nominations over the next few years, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus inspiring her performance in the show. “30 Rock” ended its run in 2013 with 112 Emmy Award nominations, and is considered as one of the greatest US television series of all time.
Tina then had numerous film opportunities, including “Mean Girls” for which she was a writer and a co-star, and which would prove to be a box office success. She also appeared in the comedy film “Baby Mama” alongside Amy Poehler, which received mixed reviews though most critics praised her performance. In 2009 she appeared in the film “The Invention of Lying” starring Ricky Gervais, then in the comedy “Date Night” alongside Steve Carell. In 2010, she had her most commercially successful film to date in “Megamind”, in which she voiced the television reporter Roxanne Ritchie. A few of her latest appearances include working in a new series entitled “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, which began in 2015.
In 1994, while Fey was a part of the Chicago improvisational theatre troupe Second City, she began dating Jeff Richmond who would eventually become a composer on “30 Rock”. The two married in 2001 in a Greek Orthodox ceremony, and they have two children while residing in the Upper West Side of New York City. She has a scar a few inches long located on the left side of her cheek and chin, which remained unexplained for years until 2009, when she revealed that it was a slash by a stranger in the alley behind her house while she was in kindergarten. She would later re-tell the story in her autobiographical book.