Tina FeyWitty, Admittedly Nerdy Actor/Writer
The First Lady of Rockefeller Center.
Tina Fey started her career in earnest as the first female head writer of Saturday Night Live and began appearing in front of the camera during the 2000 season, co-anchoring the popular “Weekend Update” segment with Jimmy Fallon. Though not a natural performer, Fey won over fans with her signature dry wit. After departing SNL in ‘06, she developed 30 Rock, a sitcom loosely based on her late-night alma mater, featuring Alec Baldwin and fellow former castmate Tracy Morgan. Though the show barely survived its first season, Fey’s determination to make it funnier and quirkier eventually won the series a devoted following. Then in late ’08, the sudden ascendancy of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin provided Fey with her biggest spotlight yet, as she portrayed the gaffe-prone Alaskan governor in guest spots on SNL. Not only did the role make Fey a full-fledged star, it led to 30 Rock getting a well-deserved boost, validating her own smart, quirky brand of comedy.
|Tina Fey on Letterman|