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Kathy Griffin Biography

Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession
Comedian, actor, TV host

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

  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Variety Special: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: winner
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: winner
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated

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