Tina Fey and Eva Longoria top Forbes’ list of the highest-paid television actresses on Tuesday, with each raking in $13 million for their TV gigs between May 2010 and May 2011.
Fey, star as well as head writer and producer of 30 Rock, has made bank on her show that was inspired by her days as SNL head writer. Though never a ratings smash, its fiercely loyal fans and syndication deal have turned it into a profitable cultural touchstone for the yuppie-hipster crowd. The show is also something of a family affair — Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond, composed the show’s zippy theme song.
From her days as the first female head writer at Saturday Night Live to scripting Mean Girls to creating (and sustaining) 30 Rock, she's always produced things we want to watch. Why not a book that fans and even nonfans would want to read? As she cheerfully suggests in her faux-huckster's introduction, "Maybe you bought this book because you love Sarah Palin and you want to find reasons to hate me. We've got that!"
Tina Fey is a mom -- again! The “30 Rock” star and husband Jeffrey Richmond welcomed their second daughter on Wednesday, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The newest addition to their family, Penelope Athena, was born August 10 and joins big sister Alice, 5.
It's not that she's one of those comics who go dark when the camera stops rolling — it's more that she makes us laugh so often (on her now-49-times-Emmy-nominated 30 Rock, as well as with her genius Sarah Palin impression on Saturday Night Live, which still tickles our subconscious a year later) that to hear her do it is striking.
A typical Fey day sounds like a punch line, but more for a black comedy: "Work, come home, play, kid bounce, work again, go to bed."
When Saturday Night Live came to Second City seeking some fresh new talent in 1995, Fey and friend Adam McKay stood out from the pack. It was McKay's prompting that eventually found Fey hired as a writer for the enduring sketch comedy series. In addition to opening the door for her entrance into SNL, her tenure at Second City also found Fey making the acquaintance of future husband Jeff Richmond, who served as director for the Chicago comedy troupe.
Fey was selected by AP members as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.
The 38-year-old comedian bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash "Iron Man," and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in "The Dark Knight."
But it was Fey who most impressed voters largely with her indelible impression of Gov. Sarah Palin on "Saturday Night Live."
Whether she’s searching for her true love - astronaut Mike Dexter - on “30 Rock,” or impersonating Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live,” Tina Fey always knows how to make us laugh.
That’s why Fey, who recently starred in “Date Night” with Steve Carell, will be presented with the most prestigious award a funny person could ask for: The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The award has previously been given to influential humorists like Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and George Carlin.
Fey attended public schools in the Upper Darby School District in (Nicole Rivelli) Pennsylvania. She was in the choir and drama club while an honor student at Upper Darby High School, and performed in plays. She was Frenchie in a performance of “Grease.”
So when the three-time Emmy Award-winner heard that her old school district had proposed eliminating specialized elementary school classes in arts and music (along with library and gym) to help deal with a multimillion-dollar deficit, she decided to join the fight against the changes.
As 30 Rock gets off to a rip-roaring start this season, the question looms larger than ever: Is Tina Fey's Liz Lemon the most bizarrely nonimitated sitcom character of our time? It's a mystery that gets stranger as Fey keeps blowing up as a cultural icon. Given how she's turned into such a fiercely revered, identified-with, hero-worshipped presence, you'd think somebody would at least try to duplicate the formula. At this point, she's practically Oprah with librarian glasses.
She gives voice to decent, hardworking people who are trying to make it through life without being pulled under by their own neuroses. In 1999, Fey left the Chicago improv world to serve as the first female head writer of Saturday Night Live and, eventually, “Weekend Update” co-anchor. She also banged out the screenplay for Mean Girls. Fey is always great, even in American Express commericals.