Tina Fey, best known as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” is poised to hit major stardom as the driving creative force behind, and star of, the NBC
prime-time sitcom “30 Rock.” “30 Rock” takes place on the set of a fictional late-night comedy show. Tina Fey
has said she’ll be drawing on her experiences at Saturday Night Live, where she has done time as a performer, and as the show’s head writer for several years. Critics and fans have set expectations high for “30 Rock,” and for the woman at the center of the show. It’s a great time to get to know Tina Fey with these ten fun facts.
1. Tina Fey Makes False Prophecies
In her high school yearbook, Tina Fey predicted that ten years down the road she would be “very, very fat.” She was never very, very fat, although she was once heavier than she is now; she took off 30 pounds in the year before she debuted as a “Weekend Update” anchor.
2. Tina Fey Likes To Look At Naked Women
According to a profile in “The Believer” magazine, Tina Fey’s office contains a nude portrait of 30s burlesque icon Blaze Starr.
3. Tina Fey Is A Taurus
Born on May 18th, Tina Fey shares a birthday with Pope John Paul II, and singer Perry Cuomo, and philosopher Bertrand Russell. Taureans are allegedly notable for being very practical, and having great strength of will.
4. Tina Fey Wrote For Lindsay Lohan
Some fans of her edgy SNL comedy may be surprised to learn that Tina Fey penned the 2004 Lohan vehicle and instant mainstream teen-film classic “Mean Girls,” which tells the story of a homeschooled outcast climbing the social ranks in high school.
5. Tina Fey Is A Trained Actress
Tina Fey graduated from the University of Virginia, class of 1992, with a degree in Drama. While there she studied classical and modern acting methods, including Brando-esque method acting.
6.Tina Fey Is A Former Gym Receptionist
When she was first starting out as an improv comic in the Chicago area, Tina Fey made ends meet by working the early-morning shift at the front desk of a YMCA.
7. Tina Fey Is A Family Woman
Tina Fey gave birth to her first child, daughter Alice Zenobia Richmond, on the tenth of September, 2005. The father is Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond, a composer who works on Saturday Night Live. The couple married in 2001 in a Greek Orthodox ceremony.
8. Tina Fey Is Officially Sexy
Often referred to as “the thinking man’s sex symbol,” or as a “sex kitten for geeks,” Tina Fey has appeared in Maxim magazine’s list of 100 Sexiest Women, and made the cut for People’s 50 Most Beautiful People list. Reportedly, her Maxim article used photos taken earlier by Rolling Stone, so she wasn’t even aware of the list until after it was published. She jokes that she is saving all of the magazine clippings in her attic so that she can show them to her daughter and prove that “there was a time when people thought your mother was a sexy b**ch.”
9. Tina Fey Is Responsible
Tina Fey is known in entertainment circles for her ability to restrain herself from overindulgence when it comes to drinking and other sometimes risky behaviors, which sets her apart from many famed SNL cohorts both past and present.
10. Tina Fey Is A Groundbreaker
In 1999, NBC comedy institution “Saturday Night Live” named Tina Fey as head writer for the show. She was the first female head writer in the show’s 25-year history.