Cecily Strong, born on February 8, 1984 in Springfield, Illinois, is an American actress and comedian who is best known for her starring role on the cast of the legendary, long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
While Strong was born in Springfield, she moved to and was raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. While growing up in Oak Park, Strong attended Oak Park and River Forest High School until her senior year, when she transferred to the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Following her graduation from Chicago Academy for the Arts in 2002, Strong then went on to attend the California Institute of the Arts to study acting. Strong eventually graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor’s Degree in theatre.
After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts in the year 2006, Strong moved to Chicago where she studied at the famed The Second City Training Center. “Second City” is known for being the home to tons of Saturday Night Live talent during the beginning of their careers.
Strong performed with Second City for a handful of years before being cast on Saturday Night Live cast in 2012. During her early SNL years, Strong hosted “Weekend Update”, first alongside Seth Meyers and later with Colin Jost. However, she later stepped away from her role as Weekend Update anchor as she wanted to focus more on regular sketches.
Throughout the years, Strong has become known for her celebrity impressions, as she has impersonated people such as Huma Abedin, Maria Bartiromo, Marion Cotillard, Olivia Colman, Stormy Daniels, Lana Del Rey, Gloria Estefan, Ariana Grande, Hope Hicks, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Rachel Maddow, Kate Middleton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Liza Minnelli, Alanis Morissette, Jeanine Pirro, Michelle Rodriguez, Melania Trump, Ivana Trump, Sofia Vergara and more duirng her time at SNL.
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