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Tina Fey’s mystery scar explained

December 1, 2008

Tina Fey’s husband has revealed something about his comedic wife that she has been guarded about, the story behind the scar on the left side of her face. 
Vanity Fair magazine article tells how Fey was attacked by a stranger wielding a knife when she was 5 years old.
“It was in, like, the front yard of her house, and somebody who just came up, and she just thought somebody marked her with a pen,” Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond, told the magazine. 
“That scar was fascinating to me,” Richmond said. “This is somebody who, no matter what it was, has gone through something. And I think it really informs the way she thinks about her life.”
Fey herself rarely talks about the scar, telling the New York Times in 2001 that it resulted from a “childhood injury” she would not discuss.
“It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” Fey told Vanity Fair.
Fey stars in the comedy “30 Rock,” and her fame skyrocketed this year when she impersonated Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in “Saturday Night Live” sketches.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis)


Props to Tina Fey for refusing to be as vain or melodramatic as the rest of Hollywood.

Posted by Kara | Report as abusive

I wonder if her attacker was ever apprehended.


What’s wrong with her husband? Why would you reveal this information if she herself refused to tell the media about it? I bet he’s sleeping on the couch tonight.

Posted by Nandini | Report as abusive

Yeah why not let her explain, if she kept it hushed, maybe it’s cause she sees it everyday and she remembers and when shes busy working she is not thinking of it and then when someone asks her, she just don’t want to be reminded. Props to her though for going through that type of trauma and is successful and georgeous.

Posted by Jenni | Report as abusive

Nandini, in the article her husband refers to himself as the “Joe Biden of husbands” for always dropping the bomb in interviews.

Posted by Georgina | Report as abusive

why must this ‘world’ be insistent on knowing everyone’s business? if these nosy persons spent as much time learning about something useful, just think how well-educated they would be instead of who’s in the closet or out or??????? MIND your own business! QUIT LOOKING OVER EVERYONE’S fence! Make sure your business is as close to truly clean as it can be!!!!!!!!

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Posted by EVELIN | Report as abusive

I don’t blame her for not talking about it. I too have very bad scars from an accident, people used to ask me all the time what happened. As I have grown older they do not ask as much. It is a very difficult situation. If anything I hope when someone sees my scars they consider how lucky they are.

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