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Kathy Griffin

American actress and comedian

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.

Kathy Griffin
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Kathy Griffin, 2008
BornKathleen Mary Griffin
(1960-11-04) November 4, 1960 (age 58)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation
Years active1988–present
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Spouse(s)
Matt Moline (m. 20012006)
Comedy career
Genres
Influences
Influenced
Websitekathygriffin.net

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Early lifeEdit

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.

InfluencesEdit

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

CareerEdit

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 controversyEdit

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.

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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". Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  3. Sandra Gonzalez CNN. "Kathy Griffin: 'I beg for your forgiveness' for gruesome anti-Trump photo shoot". CNN. Retrieved 2017-06-01.