Tina Fey's husband reveals the cause of her famous scar

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Tina Fey's composer husband Jeff Richmond could be sleeping on the couch for a while.

In an interview with Maureen Dowd for a Vanity Fair cover story on Fey, Richmond revealed the cause of the scar on the Upper Darby native funnywoman's left cheek, which she has never publicly discussed.

Richmond says Fey was cut by a stranger when she was five. “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,” he told Dowd.  “That scar was fascinating to me” Richmond continued. “This is somebody who, no matter what it was, has gone through something. And I think it really informs the way she thinks about her life. When you have that kind of thing happen to you, that makes you scared of certain things, that makes you frightened of different things, your comedy comes out in a different kind of way, and it also makes you feel for people.”

Dowd writes "Fey herself rarely mentions the episode. “It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” she says. Did she feel less attractive growing up because of it? “I don’t think so,” she says. “Because I proceeded unaware of it. I was a very confident little kid. It’s really almost like I’m kind of able to forget about it, until I was on-camera, and it became a thing of ‘Oh, I guess we should use this side’ or whatever. Everybody’s got a better side.” Dowd asked Fey how the childhood attack affected her as a mother. “Supposedly, I will go crazy,” she replies evenly. “My therapist says, ‘When Alice is the age that you were, you may go crazy.”’