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Tina Fey gave birth to her second child on August 10.She named her daughter Penelope Athena Richmond.
The “30 Rock” star has a five year old daughter named Alice, and is married to composer Jeffery Richmond. The couple chose to wait until the baby arrived to find out if they were having a boy or a girl.
Fey, 41, made the announcement about her pregnancy while promoting her book “Bossypants” on the Oprah Winfrey show in April. She said “My husband and I really decided that we felt rather than risk having ’30 Rock’ end in several years and feeling like part of our family is missing that we were going to prioritize our family.”
Fey is no secret to a busy lifestyle, especially with the help of her husband who, according to her, was “really good about helping out.” They married in 2001.
She described her second pregnancy on the Ellen DeGeneres show as being “easy” despite her “advanced maternal age.” She joked that the doctors “looked at her like she was just going to explode.”
Fey is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer whose successes include being the first female head writer as well as a comedian on Saturday Night Live. She adapted the screenplay and acted in Mean Girls (2004). The film was based off the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman.
More recently, Fey created the series “30 Rock” which is based off her experience at Saturday Night Live.
As a hard worker, Fey was an honor student through high school, and knew she was interested in comedy by middle school. She also anonymously wrote her high school’s satirical column, The Acorn. She then went on to study playwriting and acting at the University of Virginia.
After graduation, Fey moved to Chicago and began working for the improv comedy group, The Second City, where she took classes at night. During the day she worked at the YMCA in Evanston. She joined the Second City cast in 1994, while also submitting scripts to Saturday Night Live. Adam McKay, who was the head writer, had also performed at Second City.
Fey moved to New York when she was hired as a writer, and after losing thirty pounds she began to act as well. Fey says that the weight loss and desire to be on television are unrelated. Most famously, she hosted Weekend Update, a comical news segment. She eventually got McKay’s job as head writer. She left SNL in 2006 to develop 30 Rock.
30 Rock was, and still is, a hit TV series that has earned Fey and the show Emmy Nominations. In 2008, she won a Golden Globe. In 2008 the Associated Press named her the Entertainer of the Year, as well as one of Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating People of 2008.
Fey shortly returned to SNL during the Presidential election to portray Sarah Palin. The episode had 5.7 million views online and created even more buzz about Fey.
Fey’s most recent work aside from “30 Rock,” is a film titled “Mommy and Me” alongside Meryl Streep who plays her mother. Stanley Tucci directs the comedy. For now, Fey will be with her family during this joyous occasion.