40 Things You Didn’t Know About Tina Fey

Tonight, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts awards the 13th-annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Tina Fey. (Her initial reaction: “I am truly thrilled to receive this honor. I assume Betty White was disqualified for steroid use.”) She’s only the third woman to nab the honor, and at 40, the youngest winner in the award’s history. To celebrate that fact, we’ve rounded up 40 things you probably don’t know about Tina Fey after the jump.

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1. Tina’s full name: Elizabeth Stamatina Fey.

2. She is half German (her dad’s side) and half Greek (her mom’s side).

3. When Tina was five, she was attacked by a stranger in her front yard. That’s why she has a scar on her left cheek and favors her other side when acting.

4. Tina was not allowed to watch The Flinstones as a kid because her dad said it was a rip off of The Honeymooners.

5. Tina attended Beverly Hills Middle School, which is in Upper Darby, a township outside of Philadelphia. There, she did an independent-study project on comedy in the 8th grade where she read up on guys like Joe E. Brown.

6. Tina didn’t really date in high school. “I really didn’t have very many dates at all. And that’s not an exaggeration. But also, I don’t think we should discount the fact that unplucked eyebrows and short hair with a perm may not have been the best offering, either,” she has said.

7. She had an anonymous satirical column in her high school paper, The Acorn, under the byline “The Colonel.”

8. Tina has said that she “remained a virgin well into my 20s.”