"You remember the beginning of the book where I said I was the underdog? No? Me neither."Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born 1970) is an American comedy actress/writer of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock fame, who seems destined to be remembered as "that woman who looks like Sarah Palin" (or vice versa). She was also the writer of Mean Girls.Fey, a self-confessed Fag Hag, spent her youth hanging around the local theater scene. Following a string of disastrous jobs, she joined The Second City improv in Chicago, where she met her longtime friend and future colleague Amy Poehler. She submitted scripts to Lorne Michaels during this period, eventually landing a job at SNL.Despite graduating to SNL cast member in 2000, she disliked participating in most sketches, finding it difficult to immerse herself in the characters. Despite this, she had some celebrity impressions she did (pre-Sarah Palin). Ironically, most, if not all of them, were female celebrities who are only famous for being in scandals (Mary Jo Buttafuoco, George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce, and Kathleen Willeynote ) or were brainless beauties (Paris Hilton, Vanna White, Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina, and Mary Ann Mobley)note Acting-wise, Fey's specialty in sketches was in playing neurotic women with a droll sense of humor and varying degrees of nerdiness, a persona apparently based on herself. Thanks to this as well as her glasses, she is seen by some as proof that Nerds Are Sexy. However, while she wore glasses for Weekend Update, since she is nearsighted enough to need them to read her cues, she does not actually need glasses. At the same time, they became so iconic that she rarely appears on TV without them. This was Lampshaded in an episode of 30 Rock.Fey's physical resemblance to former Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin was played with by having Fey make guest appearances on SNL as Palin. In the first Fey-as-Palin sketch, Amy Poehler (as Hillary Clinton) made reference at one point to her "Tina Fey glasses". It was further played with when Palin herself (who had earlier dressed up as Fey one Halloween) made an appearance on the show with Fey, both wearing the same outfit. And an incident where show host Alec Baldwin started bad-mouthing Sarah Palin because he thought he was talking to Tina Fey... only to be told by Palin herself that he was actually talking to Palin.Her memoir, Bossypants, was released in 2011, and reveals much about her views on life, her rise to stardom, and her misadventures involving mountain climbing, the YMCA, and cruise ships catching on fire. It Makes Sense in Context, just buy the book.
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