Kathy Griffin

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Kathy Griffin
Kathy in 2008 cropped.jpg
Kathy Griffin, 2008
Born Kathleen Mary Griffin
November 4, 1960 (1960-11-04) (age 57)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation
Years active 1988–present
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Spouse(s) Matt Moline (m. 200106)
Comedy career
Genres
Influences
Influenced
Website kathygriffin.net

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]

2017 Donald Trump controversy[change | change source]

On May 30, 2017, Griffin was pictured holding a false head in the image of President 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.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kathy Griffin - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-06-01. 
  2. Desk, TV News. "Kathy Griffin Inducted into Guinness Book of World Records for Most Televised Standup Specials" (in en). http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Kathy-Griffin-Inducted-into-Guinness-Book-of-World-Records-for-Televised-Standup-Specials-20131127.
  3. Sandra Gonzalez CNN. "Kathy Griffin: 'I beg for your forgiveness' for gruesome anti-Trump photo shoot". CNN. Retrieved 2017-06-01.