Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, writer, comedienne, and producer. She has received five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1992, Fey moved to Chicago to take classes at the improvisational comedy group The Second City, where she became a featured player in 1994.
In 1997, Fey became a writer for the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). She was promoted to the position of head writer in 1999. The following year, Fey was added to the cast of SNL. During her time there, she was co-anchor of the show's Weekend Update segment. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created her own television series called 30 Rock, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In the series, Fey portrays Liz Lemon, the head writer of TGS with Tracy Jordan, a fictional sketch comedy series.
In 2000, Fey and Rachel Dratch starred in the Off Broadway two-woman show Dratch & Fey, which received positive reception. Fey made her feature film debut as writer and co-star of the 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film Baby Mama, alongside Amy Poehler. Fey received an Emmy nomination for her satirical portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL.