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October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

How Tina Fey gained power in 2004

AGE 34

Turning a sociology text into the screenplay for Mean Girls (the $125 million-grossing teen comedy) makes Saturday Night Live‘s first female head writer the go-to girl for big and small-screen comedy. Next up: a development deal for NBC and a movie based on a real-life story about a Hasidic Jew who forms a rock band.

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