It might seem like there aren't any labels left to pin on Tina Fey. After all, we already have Tina Fey the genius, Tina Fey the sexy librarian, Tina Fey the sexy librarian genius, Tina Fey the sexy genius librarian and Tina Fey the genius librarian sexy.
Maureen Dowd, however, thought the world could use one more. Here she is with Tina Fey the German in next month's Vanity Fair.
‚ÄúTina is not clay,‚Äù says Lorne Michaels, the impresario of Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, and 30 Rock, when I ask him how he helped shape her career. Steve Higgins, an S.N.L. producer, observes, ‚ÄúWhen she got here she was kind of goofy-looking, but everyone had a crush on her because she was so funny and bitingly mean. How did she go from ugly duckling into swan? It‚Äôs the Leni Riefenstahl in her. She has such a German work ethic even though she‚Äôs half Greek. It‚Äôs superhuman, the German thing of ‚ÄòThis will happen and I am going to make this happen.‚Äô It‚Äôs just sheer force of will.‚Äù
As it turns out, the 669-page autobiography of Leni Riefenstahl‚Äîchronicling her time as Hitler‚Äôs favorite filmmaker and the creation of the propaganda movie Triumph of the Will‚Äîis one of Fey‚Äôs favorite (cautionary) books. ‚ÄúIf she hadn‚Äôt been so brilliant at what she did, she wouldn‚Äôt have been so evil,‚Äù Fey says. ‚ÄúShe was like, in the book, ‚ÄòHe was the leader of the country. Who was I not to go?‚Äô And it‚Äôs like, Note to self: Think through the invite from the leader of your country.‚Äù
You will go read it now, yes.