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Kathy Griffin

Born

11/4/1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Kathleen Mary Griffin

Gender

Female
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Kathy Griffin, a native of Chicagoland, is the youngest of five children. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after finishing high school and began trying to break into show business. She performed with the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Kathy won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program in her work on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

    • Despite rumors in late July 2008, Kathy's rep denies that Kathy's assistant and co-star on My Life on the D-List, Jessica Zajicek, has quit her job.

    • On June 17, 2008, Kathy Griffin released a comedy album titled For Your Consideration, created exclusively for the purpose of gaining a Grammy nomination.

    • Kathy has played in the World Poker Tour for the Face to Face: National Domestic Violence Project charity.

    • Kathy claims she was banned from appearing on The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The View.

    • After her various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining notice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own HBO Half Hour Comedy Special. In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, A Hot Cup of Talk.

    • According to her brothers, as a kid Kathy would circulate among the guests at parties and tell jokes.

    • Kathy was considered as a possible replacement co-host on The View.

    • Kathy attended Triton Junior College in River Grove, Illinois for one semester.

    • Kathy does not drink alcoholic beverages.

    • Kathy's parents are John Griffin and Maggie Griffin.

    • Kathy's height is 5'4" (1.63 m).

    • At the 2007 Emmy awards, Kathy made an offensive remark about Jesus which was cut from the pre-taped telecast. While accepting the award for 'Best Reality Program' for her show My Life on the D-List, Kathy made the comment, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my god now."

    • While starring on Suddenly Susan, Kathy appeared in 4 of NBC's public service announcements, The More You Know. Her topics were drug abuse, reading, teen violence, and a teacher tribute.

    • Kathy said that the most interesting man that she has dated is Quentin Tarantino, by far.

    • Kathy invited her niece and nephew to her house for a weekend on her reality show on Bravo, My Life On The D-List, and as a surprise for her niece, she had Talan from Laguna Beach pay a visit.

    • Kathy considers Andy Dick a comedic genius, in the way that Andy Kaufman was. They are both inherently funny, but probably couldn't explain how they do what they do.

    • Kathy's favorite male comedians are: Howard Stern, Jerry Seinfeld, & Bill Maher.

    • Kathy lists the following comediennes as her inspirations: Joan Rivers, because she handles fame so well, Janeane Garofaolo, because she supported her from the very first night she did comedy in a book store. Margaret Cho because her act transitions from a nightclub to a theater. Sandra Bernhard, because she is brilliant at the stream-of-consciousness humor.

    • Kathy chats live with her fans online, answering their questions, and talking about what's going on with her life. She also calls these people at home, to talk with them personally on the telephone, because as a kid she would fantasize about receiving a call from a famous star. She thinks it's really fun, and a great way to meet new people.

    • Kathy has an ongoing feud with Hollywood gossip-blogger Perez Hilton. He openly blasts her on his daily website gossip blogs, and she rips him in interviews. He feels that she is fake and washed-up, and she feels that he just tries to ruin people's careers.

    • Kathy's favorite book is anything by Anne Tyler, favorite dinner is at the Homesick Restaurant, color is blue, because she likes to stare at any body of water longer than any crazy person would. Her favorite movie is The Dead Zone, she loves the character of Johnny Smith- it was Christopher Walken pre-crazy.

    • Kathy would like to do an all-girl sitcom with Caroline Rhea and Sarah Silverman. She was pitching a funny Desperate Housewives sitcom, since two years before Desperate Housewives started.

    • Kathy visited Sgt. Tom Adkins, who had survived an explosion that had killed his fiance and friend the day before, during her 'Iraq' episode. She has kept in touch with him through e-mails, and laughs at the way that he signs each goodbye: 'Don't sweat the petty things, pet the sweaty things'.

    • Kathy's favorite episode of her reality show was the 'Iraq' episode, because it showed such a human side of the war. The men and women who appeared on that episode have gotten recognition for being on the show from friends and family back at home.

    • Kathy has written guest articles for Glamour and Pulse magazines.

    • Kathy and Brooke Shields had been best friends for years, until Kathy made her a part of her act, Brooke didn't find it at all funny. The two of them have never made amends.

    • Kathy used E-Bay to auction off the chance to accompany her to Las Vegas for Hurricane Katrina charities in 2006.

    • Kathy broke down crying on her way home from the Jay Leno Show, because Jay teased that a photo of her posing with model Carmen Electra looked like a before and after photo, on the air.

    • Kathy is now spending tens of thousands of dollars to educate the public about the side effects of Lasik eye surgery.

    • Kathy never demanded that Dr. Maloney pay her $250,000.00, as he has publicly stated, and never threatened that, if he refused to pay, she would publicize the damage to her eye resulting from the surgeries performed by Dr. Maloney.

    • Kathy has had five surgeries on her right eye, three were Lasik surgeries, and one was an attempt at corrective surgery by Dr. Maloney. Her last procedure was a 90 minute surgery, that left her with 17 stitches in her eye for three weeks.

    • Kathy's doctor that performed her botched Lasik eye surgery was Dr. Robert Maloney, of the Maloney Vision Institute in Los Angeles, and from the television show Extreme Makeover.

    • Kathy used to have her husband Matt stand out in the lobby before and after her stand-up shows, to sell her comedy DVDs.

    • Kathy will take the stage at Carnegie Hall to perform on January 19th, 2007.

    • Kathy received red roses from Renee Zellweger after mentioning her in a stand-up routine in an unflattering way.

    • Kathy's television resume started with guest spots on the NBC hit drama ER, and ABC's Seinfeld where she created the role of Sally Weaver, a comedienne who insists that Jerry is the Devil.

    • Kathy appeared on Larry King Live on July 10th, 2006, and announced that her marriage was indeed over, and that the reconciliation did not work, she could not come to trust Matt again, Kathy alleges that he stole $72,000.00 from her.

    • Kathy's maid-of-honor at her wedding was Brooke Shields, who decorated the bride's room with hundreds of rose petals. The wedding took place atop Hollywood's 360-Degrees Restaurant.

    • Kathy made an announcement on February 13th, 2006, that she and Matt would be reconciling their marriage, and working through their issues.

    • Kathy was infuriated when filmmaker Steven Spielberg pressured her to apologize, after she joked that ten year old Dakota Fanning had been admitted to a drug rehab. Steven's representatives sent Kathy a letter, on behalf of 'Dreamworks', saying that she will be put on a 'list', unless she publicly apologizes to Dakota and her family and fans. The joke was made at the 2005 Golden Globe Awards, no apology or retraction has been made.

    • In 2006, Kathy's reality show on Bravo, My Life On the D-List was nominated for an Emmy award for Oustanding Reality Program.
      In 2007, My Life On the D-List won an Emmy award for Outstanding Reality Program.
      In 2008, My Life On the D-List was nominated for a PGA award.
      In 2008, Kathy was nominated for a TV Land Award for "Co-Worker You're Least Likely to Invite Out for Happy Hour" for Suddenly Susan.
      In 2008, Kathy won a GLAAD award at the 19th GLAAD Media Awards show for Outstanding Reality Series.

    • Kathy hosted the hour-long Best of the Worst Red Carpet Moments on E! TV, a collection that has the best and worst of the red-carpet highlights during award shows. It aired on August 1, 2006 at 6 p.m. on E!

    • When she first started doing stand-up comedy, Kathy got some advice from comedian Phil Hartman after she saw one of his gigs and they talked for about 20 minutes.

    • Kathy performed in a dog fashion show with her two dogs.

    • Kathy's dog was hit by a car and killed in early 2006.

    • Kathy currently stars in commercials for Sierra Mist. (2006)

    • When NBC's Jeff Zucker passed on Kathy's sitcom pitch, The D-List, which would have been semi-based on her life as a semifamous celebrity, Kathy developed the idea into a reality show, which Bravo quickly bought, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

    • Kathy had a much-publicized nightmare with the Lasik eye surgery in 2003, having to undergo more than five procedures on her right eye before the doctor got it right.

    • In late 2005, Kathy was ousted from E!'s red carpet coverage, which instead decided to replace Kathy with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest. Of the decision, Kathy stated, "Apparently, [E! president] Ted [Harbert] told my reps that the E! red carpet is a puzzle and I am a piece of the puzzle… but I don't fit this particular puzzle."

    • To add to her multiple reality TV show endeavors, Kathy hosted Bravo's All-Star Reality Reunion in September of 2005, where she interviewed reality stars like Richard Hatch and Omarosa.

    • Before making it as a comedienne, Kathy worked as a waitress, hostess, and a baby furniture saleswoman.

    • On November 30, 2004, Kathy released her first comedy DVD, Allegedly. The press tour for the DVD was aired on Kathy's reality show, in episode three of My Life on the D-List.

    • Kathy has an enormous gay following, who religiously come to see her shows. Kathy thinks that gay people are more likely to enjoy her comedy because they are not easily offended by her swearing and sometimes raunchy jokes.

    • Kathy is a rare type of comedian in that she doesn't write jokes; instead, she tells stories of bizzare things that have happened to her in Hollywood and elsewhere. Favorite stories include Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Clay Aiken.

    • Kathy has spoken outwardly about her bouts with plastic surgery, having her hair dyed red and chemically straightened, her brow lifted, her nose done, her face "peeled", her body liposuctioned, and her teeth veneered. In fact, Kathy has made several jokes about her plastic surgery fetish. And despite the liposuction, Kathy still thinks that she looks like, in her words, "a big fat cow."

    • In 2003, Kathy won the first edition of the reality series Celebrity Mole. She later continued with her obsession with reality TV, endorsing it in TV Guide, hosting Average Joe, hosting Bravo's Ultimate Reality Reunion in 2005, and even letting the cameras in on her own life with Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

    • Kathy received the proud distinction of being chosen as one of Entertainment Weekly Magazine's It List - the "100 Most Creative People in Entertainment," ranking as "It D-Lister."

    • In September of 2005, Kathy filed for divorce from husband Matthew Moline, featured prominently on her Bravo reality series My Life on the D-List, seeking "irreconcilable differences."

    • Kathy served as a co-host for E!'s 2005 Live on the Red Carpet show at the Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscars.

    • Kathy has hosted the Billboard Music Awards three times - in 1998, 1999, and 2000. During the 2000 show, she co-hosted with the five men of N'Sync and throughout the night, she made out with Lance Bass and handcuffed herself to Justin Timberlake in order to anger Britney Spears.

    • Kathy appeared in rap star Eminem's video "The Real Slim Shady" after Snoop Dogg introduced her to Eminem himself and put in a good word for her.

    • In February of 2001, Kathy married computer technician Matthew Moline. They were divorced on May 15, 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Kathy: (about Jessica Simpson) Little Jessie is the only celebrity who has ever told me, "You can say whatever you want about me. I don't care. I just think you're funny!" She knows how to laugh at herself. Her dad is weird, though, and he keeps getting weirder.

    • Kathy: (during her Emmy speech) A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now!

    • Kathy: I speak fluent gay. I took two years in high school and it just stuck.

    • Kathy: I can say whatever I want. So do not bring the kids. It's definitely rated R.

    • Kathy: (on the A-list Awards) So here's my plan. I'm going to say offensive things until I get fired.

    • Kathy: I was raised right - I talk about people behind their backs.

    • Kathy: When I check in for a flight, they still say, 'Ms. Gifford.' They think I'm Kathie Lee Gifford, but Frank is not my type.

    • Kathy: (on what she wanted for Christmas from her billionaire boyfriend, Steve Wozniak) I want an island. I want a town actually. I want him to get me a town. And I was actually thinking New York City would be a good town.

    • Kathy: (on performing for the inmates of Arizona's Perryville prison) I did feel very sexy and desirable. Those prisoners looked at me like no man ever did. I don't care how many people they killed.

    • Kathy: (talking about her experience on Hollywood Squares) So then we go to lunch and Anna Nicole smith is there and I say 'Anna, hi, I'm Kathy Griffin, come sit next to me!' So she comes over and I say again 'Hi, my name is Kathy Griffin, it's nice to meet you.' And she is so out of it...allegedly. But seriously, in my opinion, she's f***** up. And she looks up at me and she says 'hay.' So then her assistant brings over a plate of food and she puts her dog Sugar Pie on the table. She's eating and she makes this face. (Makes a grimacing baby face.) And she says 'I don' lahk it.' And I say 'Oh, that's polenta.' And she's like "I thought it was mashed potaters.' She said potat-ERS, I heard it with my own ears. So I'm like 'No, it's polenta, it's like a mashed corn meal.' And she says 'I don' lahk it.' And then all of a sudden Chaka Kahn walks by. And I guess she recognizes Anna, so she wants to be gracious, so she walks over and, very dignified, she says, "Hello Anna, my name is Chaka Kahn, it's very nice to meet you. I love your show.' And Anna barely lifts her head and she says, 'Hay.' And the thought bubble above Chaka Kahn's head would have been 'Oh I KNOW SHE DIDN'T' and I'm like 'Oh, I know, she did it to me too.' And then Chaka goes away and Little Richard comes over, and he does this very regal princely bow and the table and he's like 'Hello Anna Nicole, my gorgeous darling.' And Anna looks up and goes 'Hay." And then Little Richard sees Sugar Pie and says 'Are you that dog?'

    • Kathy: A lot of celebrities, especially when you're talking about the really big ones, live in what I call the fame bubble. Nobody ever says no to them or challenges them or even teases them.

    • Kathy: I tell you right now, hands on the Bible, on my dog's life...I will NEVER remarry. I might eventually date, maybe even a few times, but I will not walk down any aisle that doesn't have cereal or bread on the shelves.

    • Kathy: I love getting new things. I don't like BUYING new things, but I do love getting things given to me.

    • Kathy: I love Montreal...I think I love Montreal more than Montreal loves me...I love the food there. Food is my thing. I do not smoke or drink, so food is my vice.

    • Kathy: There are certain things that I could have overlooked in my marriage, but messing with my finances...it just isn't gonna happen. I could never trust a person who has put their grubby paws in my pocketbook, and smiles to my face.

    • Kathy: I just always related to gay people, that sense of being outside. In high school I made fun of the cheerleaders, but then I'd have that moment where I wished I was a cheerleader.

    • Kathy: I work constantly, I'm really driven by money, I'm really interested in money. It is not like I am rich by other star's standards, but I constantly strive for more.

    • Kathy: So many people have no sense of humor, whatsoever! Everyone knows that it is my job to tell the jokes, that's what I do...so if you have thin skin, then I guess we won't be hanging out.

    • Kathy: (About her sometimes-racy statements) We're all thinking it. It's like when we watch Halle Berry on 'Oprah' or Barbara Walters, and it is so ridiculous. She runs a poor girl over and leaves, and now she's crying to Barbara Walters, saying, 'It's been a tough year for me.' Well, what about that poor chick who's walking around with a splint saying, 'I got my arm hurt'? What about her and her interview?

    • Kathy: (About her D-List status) I'm open about it. You have the A-list with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman. The B-list is, like, Ray Romano and Debra Messing. For a while I hovered on the C-List. But then I did 'Celebrity Mole,' and I jumped right to D. Once you do 'Celebrity Mole, there's no coming back. The D-list is people who have shows on the Animal Planet.

    • Kathy: The more I'm in an actual war zone, the more it's just ugly. It's not cool, it's not a Toby Keith song, it's not opening up a can of whoop-ass. It's just horrible.

    • Kathy: I like to go to a red carpet event and see what everybody's wearing and who's drunk and who's talking to whom.

    • Kathy: My niece and nephew are here for the weekend. It's time to act like I like kids.

    • Kathy: Whenever I see someone with a hat, I'm thinking 'You're a tool. What're you gonna prove?'

    • Kathy: Nicole Kidman would never come to gay bingo. And then sit there and have a cheeseburger. Also Nicole Kidman would never eat that many carbs.

    • Kathy: (About the cast of Oceans Twelve) They all have to act like George Clooney's practical jokes are funny, and you know they have to be annoying as hell. And Julia Roberts — I don't care how many times George Clooney tells me how funny she is, no, she's not. I'm telling you right now, she's not ******** funny. Stop it.

    • Kathy: (About her time on Celebrity Mole: Hawaii) Jesus Christ, I've had beer bashes with bigger celebrities.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Love her.

    9.5
    Funny. She is nuts (in a good way).
  • Awesome comedian!

    10
    Seriously, Kathy Griffin is a comic genius! I love her stand-up and My Life on the D-List. She tells things as they are, which most people are too afraid to do. I really admire her for that. Plus, she makes it funny. Kathy is brilliant in her representations of Hollywood.



    I also love that Kathy doesn't seem to get too big for her britches. She displays her opinions opening and honestly and hystarically, but doesn't expect everyone to agree with her.



    Also, you have to admire that she is willing to fight back when Barbara Walters says something condesending to her. That was great. Everyone else would crumble, but she just shrugs it off and makes jokes out of it. Best. Comedian. Ever. Period.moreless
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