Cecily Strong (born February 8, 1984) is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is a cast member of Saturday Night Live, having joined the show in 2012.
Strong was born to parents Bill and Penelope Strong in Springfield, Illinois, and raised in Oak Park, Illinois. Her father, Bill Strong, worked as an Associated Press bureau chief and is now managing partner at a Chicago public relations firm. Strong's parents are divorced. She has a younger sister. Strong grew up adoring SNL as a child, reenacting sketches with her friend and watching old SNL commercials on VHS frequently. "I had a tape of the best commercials, and I wore it out, every day." She has stated that she was inspired by Phil Hartman.
She attended Oak Park and River Forest High School before eventually transferring for her senior year to the Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she graduated in 2002. After high school, Strong attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and studied to become an actress, graduating in 2006 with a BFA in theatre. After graduating from CalArts, Strong returned to Chicago, where she studied at the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago...
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