Miranda Neville on Tina Fey
Miranda Neville is so much fun in real life. Seriously. She's hilariously dry (or is that dryly hilarious?) and always has a crazy story to tell. And on top of it, she's smart. I like her because funny, smart, and excellent storyteller are the top three characteristics I look for in people around me. She's also written about girls who wear glasses -- the heroine of her short story, "The School of Wooing for Inept Book Collectors," in the (FREE!!!) Once Upon a Ballroom anthology wears them to particularly hilarious consequences.
So, it should come as no surprise that when I asked her to join me for Girls Who Wear Glasses Month to celebrate the release of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, she chose to write about another funny, smart, excellent storyteller!
And I love her alter ego Liz Lemon. I love that she is is grumpy, dresses like a slob (although she can clean up well when appropriate) and eats unhealthy food. I adore that she's a smart, funny, talented, successful woman who is also deeply imperfect and not ashamed of the fact. Despite her serial failure in relationships she still manages to date some seriously hot men (Jon Hamm, Matt Damon) along with the losers (the ghastly Englishman Wesley Snipes and Dennis Duffy whom I would like to kill).
I don't know how much Lemon is based on Fey, aside from the fact that she's both an actress and a writer. I'm not even sure if Tina wears glasses in real life or whether I've totally confused her with Sarah Palin. Her priceless depiction of Palin on SNL has to rank as one of the most brilliant political satires ever. I'm not a fan of Palin - I think she's a whack job and am profoundly grateful she never got near the presidency - but she and Tina both look great, their looks enhanced by stylish eyewear.
Not so long ago wearing glasses was regarded as a severe drawback to female hotness. The change came gradually but we've reached the point where glasses are neutral or even an asset for a woman's looks. To prove my point I offer my very own beautiful daughter Rebecca. May she never have to stumble due to bad eyesight.
I'm wild about Tina myself, Miranda, and so happy you chose her as your girl who wears glasses!
Your turn, reader -- tell Miranda and me who your favorite funny lady is, and one lucky commenter (US Only) will receive a signed copy of her The Dangerous Viscount!