Amy Poehler named Glamour Woman of the Year
Glamour December 2009
Women of the Year 2009: Amy Poehler: The Entertainer
by Sloane Crosley
She is a Woman of the Year because: "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." -Tina Fey, comedian and 2002 Woman of the Year
"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."
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