Tina Fey Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey is an American actress, Comedian, writer, and producer.

Early Life

Elizabeth Stamina Fey was born to the couple Donald Henry Fey and Zenobia Jeanne (nee Xenakis). Her father, Donald Henry Fey was a Korean War veteran, an administrator in the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University. Her mother was an employee of a brokerage firm. Fey’s father has English, German, Northern Irish and Scottish lineage.



Fey joined Cardington Stonehurst Elementary School and studied in Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby. Fey was graduated in 1988 and joined the University of Virginal to study play writing and to act. She was awarded the Pettway Prize. Fey graduated in 1992 with a degree in drama.



Stamatina Fey was permitted to see comedy films by her father during her younger days. Even at the age of 11, she studied the ‘Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians’ for her school project. Catherine O’Hara was her role model. She developed an interest in comedy even when she was studying in middle school. She was a member of choir, drama club and tennis team and editor of The Acron, a school journal. Fey was contributing articles to the newspaper,

The Colonel. Fey worked as a receptionist during day time at YMCA in Evanston, Illinois and had classes at the Second City in the night. Fey wrote many scripts for the Saturday Night Live (SNL). Fey was employed as a writer for SNL and shifted from Chicago to New York. She wrote caricatures to morning talk show, The View, and ‘Sully and Denise’ sketches. Fey saw her on the screen in a 1998 event and started dieting to lose 30 pounds. She accepted the appointment of Head writer of SNL in 1999.

Stamatina Fey in 2000, started acting in sketches and become news broadcaster of SNL’s Weekend Update sector. Fey received favorable criticism for her act in Weekend Update. Fey and other writers in the SNL achieved the Writers Guild of America Award for the SNL’s 25th-anniversary special. They also won the 2002 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

In 2004, Fey hired Amy Poehler in place of Fallon. Both Fey and Amy pair anchored and the reviews were excellent. She left the SNL after the 2005-2006 season to build 30 Rock for Broadway Video. She had hosted 117 events in SNL and Fey was rated 3rd in importance.

In October 2006, The Pilot was broadcast on NBC as 30 Rock. The episode had favorable comments but was ranked third. Fey was nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007. In 2008, Fey achieved the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for Best Actress in Comedy Series. This was repeated during the next two years. 30 Rock received in all 112 Emmy award nominations and has been rated as one of the greatest TV series of all time.

Stamatina Fey developed and produced the comedy for TV, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with Robert Carlock. The show debuted in March 2015. The show received serious commendations. This was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Comedy Series.

Fey was nominated as creator and producer for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her featuring as the guest. Fey herself featured as Andrea Bayden. This role she repeated for the third season also.

The series was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series



Stamatina Fey acted in the ), comedy Martin and Orloff (2002), Mean Girls (2004 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters as Aqua Teens’ mother (2007). Fey featured in Artie Lange’s Beer League (2006), Ponyo (an English-language version of Japanese film), Date Night (2010), lent voice in Megamind(2010). Megamind is the most popular film to date. And many more. She has featured in all 19 films, 20 TV episodes.

Fey performed the duties of a narrator for Disney Nature film, the Monkey Kingdom in 2015. She then featured in the comedy film Sisters. The reviews were good. Fey bestowed the film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot the memory of her father, done Fey, a veteran writer, administrator, and firefighter.
Stamatina Fey in 2008 appeared as the guest on SNL to perform a series of imitations of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. She repeated her impression of Palin on Saturday Night Live in May 2011 and again in Sept.2013. Fey was given the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Fey in 1977 lent her voice for the pinball play Medieval Madness. Fey coacted with Rachel Dratch in the two-woman show Dratch. The Wall Street Journal remarked that Dratch and Fey are just funny. Fey performed as the guest judge for the event of Food Network program Iron Chef of America.

Fey published her autobiography, Bossypants, in 2011 which received good and favorable appraisal from The New York Times. Fey recounted The Secret Life of Girls as a radio movie by The Kitchen Sisters.

In 2013, Fey presented the 70th Golden Globe Awards which received good appraisals. Fey repeated the programme for two more years. She received the highest ratings. She appeared on many other programmes.

Forbes listed Stamatina Fey as the most powerful celebrity in 2008 to 2012. Fey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. And many other commendations.



Fey supported the cause of ‘Autism Speaks’. She conducted a comedy show for the autism education. Fey is also a well-wisher of Mercy Corps to terminate world hunger. Fey funds the Love Our Children USA establishment fighting violence against children.

She was also the voice for Light the Night Walk which helps Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society. Fey arranged wishes or the ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’ and Power of a Wish Gala in New York City. Fey created a scholarship in the name of her father at the Temple University where her father has studied.



Stamatina Fey has received numerous awards: To name a few: Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globe (3), Screen Actors Guild Awards (5), Writers Guild Awards(7), Producers Guild Awards (3), Grammy Award. Mark Twain Prize for American Humour (2010) Hollywood Walk of Fame (2011), Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence, Tony Award nomination (2018) for Best Book of a Musical for Mean Girls.

Private Life

Stamatina Fey married Jeff Richmond on June 3, 2001, according to Greek custom. Jeff Richmond was a pianist and musical director of Second City. They have two daughters Alice Zenobia Richmond and Penelope Athena Richmond. The first daughter was born on September 10, 2005, and the second one on August 10, 2011.

Stamatina Fey and Richmond acquired an apartment on Upper West Side in New York in 2009.