Tina Fey "Liz Lemon, 30 Rock" favorite books:
- Leni Riefenstahl by Leni Riefenstahl
"As it turns out, the 669-page autobiography of Leni Riefenstahl—chronicling her time as Hitler’s favorite filmmaker and the creation of the propaganda movie Triumph of the Will—is one of Fey’s favorite (cautionary) books. “If she hadn’t been so brilliant at what she did, she wouldn’t have been so evil,” Fey says. “She was like, in the book, ‘He was the leader of the country. Who was I not to go?’ And it’s like, Note to self: Think through the invite from the leader of your country."
Why should you listen to her?
Tina Fey writes, executive produces and stars as Liz Lemon in NBC's two-time Emmy Award-winning comedy series "30 Rock," a workplace comedy where the workplace exists behind-the-scenes of a live variety show. Her performance as 'Liz Lemon' has earned Fey an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award. This past year, "30 Rock" was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards.
Prior to creating "30 Rock," Fey completed nine seasons as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the "Weekend Update" segment on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Fey is an Emmy winner and two-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on "Saturday Night Live."
Since her transition to being in front of the camera, she has won much acclaim, including being named one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year, People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People" (three times), and one of Time magazine's "Prestigious Time 100." In 2008, "30 Rock" earned her a Producers Guild Award and a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. She has also won two Gracie Awards and a Made in New York Award and has been nominated for a People's Choice Award for Choice Comedy Actress and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Fey expanded to feature films in Spring 2004 as both a screenwriter and an actress opposite Lindsay Lohan in the hit comedy "Mean Girls," which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. On the big screen, Fey most recently currently starring alongside "Saturday Night Live's"Amy Poehler in the film "Baby Mama" for Universal Pictures, which has exceeded the $50 million dollar mark at the U.S. box office. Fey also filmed the Ricky Gervais comedy "This Side of the Truth" which will be released in theaters in March 2009. Fey is also developing a feature film with Steve Carell for 20th Century Fox called "Date Night."
Fey lives in New York with her husband, Jeff Richmond, and their daughter.
She has won six Emmys, three Golden Globes, and three SAG Awards. Fey is best known for her work on Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live, and her work on 30 Rock, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at Saturday Night Live. Fey was selected by Barbara Walters as one of America's "10 most fascinating people of 2008".
She won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her work on 30 Rock in 2009.