Biography: Tina Fey

tina-fey-admissionTina Fey created, executive-produced, starred, and served as head writer on NBC’s 30 Rock for seven years. The critically acclaimed comedy won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for three years in a row (2007-2009). Her portrayal of Liz Lemon on the show has earned Ms. Fey an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. In 2009, 30 Rock was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards, the most ever for any comedy series in a single season.

Additional honors for 30 Rock that Ms. Fey has shared with her colleagues from the show include the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series [Comedy or Musical], the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, two Writers Guild Awards, and two Producers Guild Awards.

Ms. Fey has extended her partnership with 30 Rock producers NBC Universal Television for another three years to create, write, and produce television series and programs for NBC.

Prior to creating 30 Rock, she was for nine years head writer and cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, memorably co-anchoring the “Weekend Update” segment. Her writing on the show earned her an Emmy Award and two Writers Guild Awards, and Ms. Fey won an Emmy Award for a subsequent (2008) guest appearance.

Twice named among Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” in 2010 Ms. Fey was named the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor – the youngest-ever honoree. The University of Virginia graduate has also won two Gracie Awards and a Made in New York Award.

Ms. Fey’s feature film career commenced with the hit 2004 comedy Mean Girls, for which she wrote the original screenplay and in which she appeared. The movie, directed by Mark Waters, earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her subsequent movie successes have included Baby Mama, in which she starred opposite Amy Poehler for writer/director Michael McCullers; Shawn Levy’s Date Night, starring alongside Steve Carell; and Tom McGrath’s animated feature Megamind, in voiceover opposite Will Ferrell.

In April 2011, her first book, Bossypants, topped the The New York Times bestseller list, where it remained for the rest of the year. 16 Bossypants has sold over 2 million copies to date and, in 2012, won the Audie Award for Audio Book of the Year. Ms. Fey also earned a Grammy Award nomination for the audio book version.

Biography courtesy of Focus Features

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