Go Ahead and Laugh
"Do your thing and don't care if they like it," Tina Fey once advised. In her case, that covers a lot of ground. Actress and author, TV producer and comic performer, the Golden Globe winner (and occasional co-host) is one of the most versatile—and funniest—stars around. Here, for her birthday, is a sampling of Fey's wisest and wittiest remarks.
"I am constantly amazed by Tina Fey. And I am Tina Fey."
On Her Pal Amy
"Amy Poehler and I have been friends for so long, we're like Oprah and Gayle. Only we're not denying anything."
On Celebrity Glamour
"I'm not really one for status symbols. I went to public school. I have all my original teeth and face parts. Left to my own devices, I dress like I'm here to service your aquarium."
On This Photo
"That haircut was done by folding my face in half and cutting out a heart."
What to Say if You Don't Want to Be Stuck on a Jury
"I don't really think it's fair for me to be in a jury because I can read thoughts."
"I think women dress for other women to let them know what their deal is. Because if women were only dressing for men, there would be nothing but Victoria's Secret. There would be no Dior."
"Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion."
On Free-Floating Anxiety
"My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne."
On Women in Comedy
"The difference between male comedy writers and female comedy writers is that the male ones are taller and weigh more."
On Going for It
"You can't be that kid at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute."
On Learning to Assert Yourself
"Ladies gotta say no to their husbands at the movies. They gotta say: "No, we are watching back-to-back cancer movies. And then this movie about a cat."
On Rule No. 1
"If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who cares?"
On Returning to Work After Her Maternity Leave
"I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract. The baby and I only have a verbal agreement."
On Her Harshest Critics
"To say I'm an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair."
"You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at."
"It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."
On a Homophobic Misconception
"Gay people don't actually try to convert people. That's Jehovah's Witnesses you're thinking of."
Some Parting Words of Wisdom
"Say yes. You'll figure it out afterward."
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