Fey earns year-end props from Time, Vanity Fair

After a year in which she won three Emmys for writing, producing, and starring in the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and put the nation in stitches with her Saturday Night Live impersonation of Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Tina Fey is raking in the year-end honors from national media. Time just named the UVA alumna one of their 25 candidates for "Person of the Year," and she is presently running third in the readers' poll behind President-elect Barack Obama and Harvard biologist Douglas Melton, and ahead of 14-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps. Elsewhere on the newsstand, an Annie Leibovitz shot of Fey graces the cover of this month's issue of Vanity Fair which declares Fey the "New American Sweetheart!" In the Maureen Dowd-penned article, Fey reveals that while at UVA she played Sally Bowles, the female lead in Cabaret, with what she calls a "birthday-party-quality voice."