In an interview with Maureen Dowd in January's Vanity Fair, the comedy it girl and her husband finally talk about (among other things) the horrifying incident that permanently scarred the funny lady's face. Here are a few excerpts from the article:
About that scar on her face: Liz Lemon favors
her right side. That's because a faint scar runs across Tina Fey's left
cheek, the result of a violent cutting attack by a stranger when Fey
was five. Her husband says, "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." You can hardly see the scar in person.
On Fey's rivalry with Sarah Palin: Fey saw an entertainment reporter on TV say that Palin had been gracious toward Fey, but Fey hadn't been gracious toward Palin. "What made me super-mad about it," Fey says later, "was that it seemed very sexist toward me and her. The implication was that she's so fragile, which she is not. She's a strong woman. And then, also, it was sexist because, like, who would ever go on the news and say, 'Well, I thought it was sort of mean to Richard Nixon when Dan Aykroyd played him,' and 'That seemed awful mean to George Bush when Will Ferrell did it.'"
On meeting Palin in person: After weeks of appearing on "S.N.L." as Palin, Fey opted to minimize the onstage interaction when the real Palin finally showed up, and despite reams of speculation the reason wasn't fundamentally political. "Tina was agonizing about it, and I'm drawn to anybody who agonizes about things," says her friend Conan O'Brien. "She told me, When I fly, I don't like to meet the pilot. On the one hand, she knew: It's my job to sort of go after this person in a way, but at the same time I know when I meet her, she's a human being and a mom. She's not the Devil incarnate or Antichrist."
Husband Jeff Richmond and Fey on their marriage: "She has her principles and she sticks to her principles more than anybody I've ever met in my life. Like that whole idea of, if you are in a relationship, there are deal breakers. There's not a lot of gray area in being flirty with somebody. She's very black-and-white: We're married -- you can't. He calls their marriage 'borderline boring -- in a good way.'" And she concurs: "I don't enjoy any kind of danger or volatility. I don't have that kind of 'I love the bad guys' thing. No, no thank you. I like nice people."