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Kathy Griffin

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Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin, 2008
Kathleen Mary Griffin

(1960-11-04) November 4, 1960 (age 63)
Years active1988–present
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Matt Moline (m. 20012006)

Randy Bick (m. 2020)
Comedy career

Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an American actress, stand-up comedian and television writer and producer. She is also an LGBT rights advocate. She hosted her own talk show, Kathy. From 2007 until 2016, she presented the New Year's Eve celebrations from New York City for CNN along with Anderson Cooper.

Early life[change | change source]

Griffin was born on November 4, 1960, in Oak Park, Illinois.[1] Her parents are John and Margaret Griffin. She was raised in an Irish American, Roman Catholic household. The youngest child in her family, she has three older brothers and one older sister.

Influences[change | change source]

Griffin has cited comediennes such as Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller as influences throughout her career.[source?]

Career[change | change source]

Griffin is a Grammy Award and Emmy Award-winning comedienne. She is known for shows such as My Life on the D-List. She holds a Guinness World Record for the most comedy TV specials.[2]

As Executive Producer and star of the series, Kathy Griffin accepted the Emmy won by the show. Her remarks upon receiving the award were: “Now, look, a lot of people come up here and they thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. He didn’t help me a bit. If it was up to him, Cesar Millan would be up here with that damn dog. So all I can say is suck it Jesus, this award is my God now”: [3]

2017 Donald Trump controversy[change | change source]

On May 30, 2017, Griffin was pictured holding a false head in the image of President American Donald Trump that was covered in blood. Because of this, she lost several sponsorship deals and was fired from CNN's New Year's Eve program. Well-known photographer Tyler Shields was in charge of the photo shoot.

Health[change | change source]

In August 2021, Griffin announced that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer and needed to have half of her left lung removed.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kathy Griffin - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  2. Desk, TV News. "Kathy Griffin Inducted into Guinness Book of World Records for Most Televised Standup Specials". Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  3. Sandra Gonzalez CNN (30 May 2017). "Kathy Griffin: 'I beg for your forgiveness' for gruesome anti-Trump photo shoot". CNN. Retrieved 2017-06-01. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. Respers France, Lisa (August 2, 2021). "Kathy Griffin announces she has lung cancer". CNN. Retrieved August 2, 2021.