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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Glamour names Amy a woman of the year!

Amy Poehler made the list of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year. Twelve women made the cut, including Maria Shriver, Serena Williams and Maya Angelou.

Here’s the blurb on Amy, penned by Glamour’s Sloane Crosley:

“When you’re short and blond and a woman in comedy, you get underestimated,” says Amy Poehler, 38. “I love being underestimated.” But who’d do that after the run she’s been on? A star player on the team that restored Saturday Night Live to water-cooler dominance in 2008 (even Hillary Clinton adored her Hillary Clinton impersonation), she left the show, had a baby and emerged in 2009 as the star and producer of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Her alter ego on Parks, Leslie Knope, “has no cool, no cynical skills,” she says—in other words, the kind of lovable loser a comedian needs a double scoop of bravery to play. “Amy is fearless in front of the camera,” says SNL’s Kristen Wiig. “Her confidence draws the audience in, and soon they’re laughing their asses off.” Poehler’s comedy, though, is part of a stealth mission to empower young women. “She wants girls to feel they can do anything,” says costar Rashida Jones. So Poehler plays a feisty 10-year-old on her cartoon series, The Mighty B!, and hosts a Web show, Smart Girls at the Party. At the end of each episode, Poehler and her preteen guests bust a move. “Being silly is how you get your power,” she says. “No one looks stupid when they’re having fun.”

Tina Fey, on why Amy is among the Women of the Year 2009:

She’s a firecracker. She has an explosive amount of energy and just lights up a room. She is an inspiration to young women to get into comedy. And she can fly.

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