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born 1970

Among the funniest women in the world today, Tina Fey is a triple threat: writer, actor + mother. A improv student who has emerged as a smart, dynamic role model, Tina used her work ethic and pure wit to get her to the top of the comedy game.

From the first female head writer at SNL to the second face of Sarah Palin in the 2008 presidential election, from writing one of the most quoted movies in America {Mean Girls} to writing and starring in a primetime Emmy-winning comedy {30 Rock}, Tina has been breaking new ground for women in comedy for the last 15 years. Recently, Tina’s roles include busy mother of 2 adorable daughters and the star of numerous major motion pictures.

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all quotes by Tina Fey (15)

"Say yes, and you'll figure it out afterward."

O magazine | june 2003

"I know for sure that you can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at."

Oprah Talks to Tina Fey | february 2009

"I want to keep creating comedy that is, as my old improv teacher would say, at the top of our intelligence or higher. It's easy to fall into the trap of just cranking out things that are good enough to sell."

Oprah Talks to Tina Fey | february 2009

"When humor works, it works because it's clarifying what people already feel. It has to come from someplace real."

Oprah Talks to Tina Fey | february 2009

"Twitter seems like a busman's holiday: just more writing. I have no plans to do it. I'll just stick with my 24/7 webcam. I'm old-fashioned that way."

Esquire | april 2010

"Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion."

Vogue Diaries | may 2010

"Some people say, 'Never let them see you cry.' I say, if you're so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone."

Bossypants | april 2011

"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important Rule of Beauty. 'Who cares?'"

Bossypants | april 2011

"You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute."

Bossypants | april 2011

"'Blorft' is an adjective I just made up that means 'Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to stress with the torpor of a possum.' I have been blorft every day for the past seven years."

Bossypants | april 2011

"Do your thing and don't care if they like it."

Bossypants | april 2011

"The idea of being in control for the sake of control is not really important to me. If everyone is sharp and doing what they're doing well, you don't really need to be in control all the time."

Morning Edition | march 2013

"Part of being successful is being a good collaborator—and being smart enough to find the right people to work with."

Ladies' Home Journal | april 2013

"Funny is more of a journey. And a desperate attempt."

Tina Fey interview | march 2014

"Anything that says gala on it, drink contact-lens fluid. Anything to get yourself in the hospital."

Late Show with David Letterman | may 2015
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curated with care by Sydney Morgan {september 2014}