Kathy Griffin

  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, TV host
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Biography

Small in stature but blessed with a big mouth, this feisty redhead started out with the Groundlings improv troupe before launching a career in stand-up comedy. After a handful of small film roles and TV guest spots, Griffin gained national prominence as Brooke Shields' sarcastic sidekick on four seasons of the sitcom Suddenly Susan. After that series ended in 2000, Griffin found her niche in reality television. Whether winning on Celebrity Mole Hawaii, hosting Average Joe, discussing her extensive plastic surgery and huge gay following, or dishing about celebrities on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, this acid-tongued comedian has been alternately loved and hated for just being herself. But in recent years, Griffin has also become a prominent gay-rights advocate, speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage and supporting charitable organizations like Aid for AIDS and the American Foundation for AIDS Research, as well as hosting the annual Best in Drag Show fundraiser.

Fast Facts

  • Performed with Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz and Phil Hartman in the Los Angeles-based Groundlings improv group.
  • Made her big-screen debut in the low-budget horror film The Unborn (1991).
  • Dated director Quentin Tarantino, who later included a scene of her stand-up act in his 1994 movie Pulp Fiction.
  • Appeared as a nurse in Eminem's 2000 video for "The Real Slim Shady."
  • After undergoing LASIK surgery in 2003 to correct her vision, had severe complications and has since become an outspoken critic of  the procedure.
  • Found a career niche in reality TV, winning $233,000 on ABC's Celebrity Mole Hawaii, hosting NBC's Average Joe and starring in Bravo's Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
  • Has lent her voice to a number of animated projects, including the UPN series Dilbert and Shrek Forever After (2010).

Awards

  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Winner
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Special: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2013, Grammy — Best Comedy Album: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • John Griffin — Brother
  • Gary Griffin — Brother
  • Maggie Griffin — Mother
  • Matthew Moline — Ex-husband
  • John Griffin — Father
  • Randy Bick — Significant Other
  • Steve Wozniak — Ex-significant Other

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