Tina Fey has worked in the film and television industries since 1997 as an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. Due to the diversity of her career, she is known for and has received recognition for multiple television series, films, and other work relating to the entertainment industry. As her career has spanned three decades, Fey has now accrued a net worth of $65 million. Here is how this talented woman became so wealthy.
Tina Fey’s Early Life
According to IMDb, Tina Fey was born as Elizabeth Stamatina Fey in Pennsylvania on May 18, 1970. By the time Fey was in middle school, she already knew that she was interested in pursuing a career in comedy. When she was in high school, she had several opportunities to begin honing her skills as both a comedian and a comedic writer. Not only was she in the drama club, but she was also the co-editor for the school newspaper which involved her anonymously writing a satirical column. Fey then studied acting and playwriting at the University of Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama. During her time at university, she was awarded the Pettway Prize. After he left university, she moved to Chicago. In the daytime, she worked as a receptionist and at night, she performed with ‘The Second City’ improvisational comedy troupe.
Her Television Career
After submitting several scripts into ‘Saturday Night Live’, Fey was hired as a writer in 1997. This led to her leaving Chicago and moving to New York. By the following year, she had also been used as an extra on the series, which inspired her to lose 30 pounds after seeing herself on television. Within a few years, she had become the head writer for SNL, says Biography.com. She was the first female to achieve this position. Fey did not begin performing in the sketches until 2000, but her initial performances were well received by critics. Fey left this series in 2006. After leaving the series, she returned to make several guest appearances.
While she was still working on SNL, Fey began to develop ’30 Rock’. Initially, her ideas for a plot were rejected. After a little reworking of her idea, NBC accepted her sitcom and she began to develop it, and the pilot aired in the same year as she had left SNL. ’30 Rock’ became a hugely successful sitcom, running until 2013. It has since been named as one of the greatest TV series of all time and received a whopping 112 Emmy award nominations during its run. Along with Robert Carlock, Fey created and produced ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in 2015. The series launched in 2015 and was critically well-received. It ran for four seasons until 2019, and it is expected to return for a special in 2020.
Fey has also worked on some television projects outside of the comedy genre. She made a guest appearance in ‘Sesame Street’, appeared in several television commercials’, narrated a documentary called ‘The Secret Life of Girls’, and hosted the Golden Globe Awards with Amy Poehler from 2013 to 2015, and she will return to host the 2021 78th Golden Globe Awards. Now, Fey is working on an untitled project with Robert Carlock. She is the co-creator, executive producer, and writer of this project. The launch date of this project has not been released, and it is unclear if Fey intends to star in the show.
Tina Fey’s Movies
Alongside her career in television, Tina Fey has also maintained a career in film. She made her film debut with a small role in the 2002 film ‘Martin & Orloff’. Two years later she made he film writing debut with ‘Mean Girls’, in which she also co-starred. Over the next few years, she continued to write film scripts and land small roles in movies. She then co-starred in the 2008 comedy film ‘Baby Mama’ with former SNL castmate Amy Poehler. Other films in which she has appeared since include ‘The Invention of Lying’, ‘Admission’, ‘This is Where I Leave You’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Whiskey Foxtrot Tango’, and ‘Wine Country’. Fey has also provided voices for characters in may films. Some of the films for which she has voiced a character include ‘Megamind’, ‘Monkey Kingdom’, and ‘Soul’, the latter of which is set for release in June 2020.
Tina Fey’s Net Worth
It is now estimated that Tina Fey’s net worth is $65 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. She has predominantly made this fortune through her career as an actress in the television and film industries. However, she has also made some money through other ventures. As she is still active in her career, she has the potential to increase her net worth in the future.
Her Other Work
Outside of her film and television work, Tina Fey has earned money from various other projects. Before she joined SNL, Fey provided voices for the pinball game ‘Medieval Madness’ along with other members of ‘The Second City’. In collaboration with Eric Gurian, she formed the television production company ‘Little Stranger’ in 2001. This production company is known for producing many television projects, many of which have starred Fey. These have included both ’30 Rock’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’. Fey wrote her autobiography ‘Bossypants’, which was published in 2011 and was well received by critics. She also adapted her film ‘Mean Girls’ into a musical that made its Broadway debut in 2018 and received 12 Tony Award nominations.
Fey’s Personal Life
In her personal life, Tina Fey has been married to Jeff Richmond since 1991. Richmond is a composer, actor, director, and producer. The couple met in 1991 when Fey was part of the improvisational theater troupe ‘Second City. They have two daughters together, Alice and Penelope. The family lives in an apartment in Upper West Side in New York City that they bought for $3.4 million in 2009.