General Facts and Figures
- Full name: Cecily Strong
- Net Worth: $4 Million
- Occupation: Actress and Comedian
- Birthday: February 8, 1984
- Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
- Birth Sign: Aquarius
- Marital status: Unmarried
Cecily Strong is an American actress and comedian. She has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2012. She was a big fan of the show during her childhood, making it a real privilege for her to be a part of it right now. She has also done additional stints in a variety of genres, including improv, satire, television series, and even commercials.
Cecily Strong was born on February 8, 1984, in Springfield, Illinois. She was raised in the Oak Park section of Chicago, and her parents, who are now divorced, are Bill and Penelope Strong. Bill Strong was once a bureau chief at Associated Press and now works at a prestigious public relations firm. Cecily graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts in 2002, then graduated with a BFA in theater from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2006.
After receiving her degree, Strong went back to Chicago and studied at iO Chicago and the Second City Conservatory. She performed regularly at both of these schools and then appeared in productions such as Chicago Sketch Fest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Chicago Just for Laughs, New York Sketch Fest, and in facilities such as the Bailiwick Theater, the Mercury Theater, and the Goodman Theater.
When Strong was a child, she would get her friends together and mimic the skits she saw on Saturday Night Live. She was fascinated by the show, and she performed skit after skit in front of her parents to imitate what she saw on the show.
On September 15, 2012, Strong debuted on Saturday Night Live. She even acquired the coveted spot of doing the Weekend Update with Seth Meyers, who was later replaced by Colin Jost. She herself was replaced later on, at her own request, because she wanted to concentrate more on doing the innovative skits that make the show so memorable.
Strong is known for her great impressions. She has made impressions of a variety of celebrities, including Fran Drescher, Megyn Kelly, Stormy Daniels, Kendall Jenner, Alanis Morissette, Ivana Trump, Liza Minelli, Kate Middleton, Tara Lipinski, and Michelle Williams, to name only a few.
Among her many interesting Saturday Night Live characters are:
- A ditzy girl known as “the girl you wish you hadn’t started a conversation with at a party.”
- Heather, the only female in a male-driven comedy.
- Dana, an unfriendly worker who insults her co-workers because she’s afraid she’s going to be fired.
- Kyra from “The Girlfriends Talk Show.”
- Cathy Anne, a drug-addicted woman with strong opinions on current events.
- A blond former porn star turned model and actress who hawks elegant items.
- Gracelynn, who hosts a talk show with her husband.
- Gemma, who has various boyfriends and is British.
Proving she is a multi-talented actress and comedian is something that Strong does best, and she does not show any signs of easing up on her work anytime soon.
More Than Just Saturday Night Live
Of course, Saturday Night Live is not the only place where Strong shines. Along with other SNL cast members, she appeared in a commercial for Old Navy in 2016, and in 2015 she was the first straight woman in decades to host the Washington Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where she poked fun at everything from the State of Indiana to various politicians from both parties.
Strong’s other appearances include productions such as the climate film Years of Living Dangerously, a guest spot on ABC’s Angie Tribeca, Scream Queens on Fox, and a Triscuit commercial in 2017. She has also appeared in numerous films, including How to Sponsor a Uterus, The Bronze, Slow Learners, The Meddlers, Staten Island Summer, The Boss, Ghostbusters, and The Female Brain.
Her television appearances include spots on shows such as Superstore, Detroiters, Great News, The Simpsons, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, among others. In several of these television shows, she played herself.
Strong has dark hair and dark-brown eyes and is quite tall. Although she is not of Hispanic descent, she played a Hispanic woman in her first episode of Saturday Night Live. Her father Bill worked at AP for the Illinois Statehouse, where he would imitate the governor while performing at the gridiron show put on by the state corps.
Because of her talent for comedy, she has managed to poke fun at dozens of celebrities without any of them getting angry at her, including President Obama, the Secret Service, ISIS, Fox News, Naomi Campbell, and Hillary Clinton, to name a few. She has a natural talent for comedy and a lot of creativity, which is the perfect combination when a person wants to poke fun at someone.
Strong is reportedly single, although no one can confirm or deny this, and her ethnicity is a mix of Italian, German, Swiss, and Scottish. She is estimated to be worth around $1 million, and she stands at a regal 5’ 8” (some accounts say 5’ 7”). She is also very active on social media and has accounts with Facebook, where she has 15,000 followers; Instagram, where her followers total roughly 425,000; and Twitter, where she has 264 followers.
Although Strong is single, she did date her co-star Mike O’Brien in 2013. She has attracted the attention of numerous celebrities, including Chance the Rapper, who once posted on his Twitter account that he would love to make her breakfast in bed. For a while, it was rumored that Strong was pregnant because she seemed to be gaining weight, but that was later determined to be because the actress is hypoglycemic.
Strong has named several people whom she claims have inspired her, including Ivana Trump, Kate Middleton, Hope Hicks, and Michelle Rodriguez, to name a few.
Tries to Stay in Shape
As far as her diet routine goes, Strong has claimed that she eats normally, but healthily. She received some concern from fans when her weight started to blossom, speculating rumors that she was pregnant. Strong confirmed that she was not pregnant, but needs to have sugar in the morning because her blood sugar is often low.
She also confirmed that she works out and tries to eat right, but that it is difficult to do with her nontraditional schedule. She often eats cheese and crackers before she goes to bed, and tries not to drink too many alcoholic beverages when going out with her SNL friends after a shoot.
This and That
Cecily Strong is a very talented actress and comedian who doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. If you’re a fan of hers, you can easily find the skits she is infamous for on YouTube and many other websites, including www.nbc.com. In fact, one quick search on the Internet and you’ll find dozens of her performances to enjoy.
In addition to all this, Strong was recently featured in Men’s Health magazine giving advice to men who are intimidated but still wish to date funny women such as herself. Cecily also shares with the readers what type of man she prefers and what she looks for in a man, as well as what she would consider a great first date. You can also find out more about her by visiting one of her many social media sites.