In Hulu’s one-of-a-kind series “Only Murders in the Building,” Tina Fey takes on a captivating role—you could call her the woman of mystery—Cinda Canning. She’s the voice and brain behind the hit true-crime podcast, “All Is Not OK in Oklahoma.” Cinda’s work turns out to be the spark that lights the fire under the main trio of the series: Charles, Oliver, and Mabel, compelling them to kick off their own sleuthing adventures.
While she’s adored by countless fans for her public image, those who really get up close and personal with her witness a somewhat less charming side, among her team, she’s got a reputation for being high-handed and ruthlessly driven, caring more for her own stardom than for the quality of her storytelling. The show’s second season digs even deeper into the multi-layered life and aspirations of this fascinating yet polarizing persona.
Meet Tina Fey as Cinda Canning In Only Murders in the Building
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey, fondly called Tina, wears multiple hats as she’s an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. Born on May 18, 1970, in Pennsylvania, USA, Tina was raised by Zenobia Xenakes, who worked in brokerage, and Donald Fey, a guy who penned university grant proposals. She comes from a diverse cultural background and grew up with one sibling.
Tina fell in love with Jeff Richmond, a pianist who would later climb the ranks to become Second City’s musical director and also contribute to the music of “30 Rock” since 1994. The two tied the knot on June 3, 2001, in a Greek Orthodox ceremony and are proud parents to two girls, Alice Zenobia and Penelope Athena.
Tina’s schooling began at Beverly Hills Middle School and continued at Upper Darby High School. Here, she became the co-editor of the school paper and even secretly authored a satirical column. Her passion for drama and storytelling led her to the University of Virginia, where she specialized in playwriting and acting. She graduated in 1992, earning a BA in drama.
Though not a regular social media user, Tina sporadically gives fans a sneak peek into her work and personal life through her Instagram account, which has garnered over 16k followers.
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Career, Movies, And TV Shows
Tina Fey’s fame largely comes from her incredible work on “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.” Even during college, she had her eyes set on a comedy career. The year 1997 proved to be a turning point when she joined the writing team of “Saturday Night Live.”
In a record time of just two seasons, she shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the show’s first-ever female head writer. She used her “SNL” experience as a foundation to create the award-winning series “30 Rock.” Apart from TV shows, she’s also been in films such as “Martin & Orloff,” “Mean Girls,” and “Baby Mama.” And yes, she still occasionally visits the “Saturday Night Live” stage.
Tina has been showing off her acting chops as Cinda Canning in Hulu’s mystery-comedy “Only Murders in the Building,” and as it stands, she’s onboard for the show’s three seasons so far.