Kathy Griffin (born 4.11.1960)
Kathy Griffin is an American stand-up comedian, actress and TV personality. She first became known for her appearances in the popular sitcom Seinfeld.
Kathy Griffin: Childhood
Kathy Griffin was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to first-generation Irish-Americans. She attended St. Bernadine's Elementary School where she developed her dislike of organized religion. She then studied at Oak Park River High School, where she became interested in musical theatre and performed in Fiddler on the Roof, amongst other productions.
Kathy Griffin: Career
Kathy Griffin started performing in the 1980s, when she joined an improvisational comedy troupe, The Groundlings after she failed to get noticed in more mainstream theatrical circles.
Griffin then went on to perform stand-up comedy in the alternative comedy scene in Los Angeles and went on to develop her own show on HBO in 1998, called 'Hot Cup of Talk'.
In 1994, Kathy Griffin appeared in the classic Pulp Fiction when she plays the role of a pedestrian who tries to help Ving Rhames' character (Marcellus Wallace) after Bruce Willis (Butch Coolidge) runs him over with his car. She then went on to play the role of Connie in The Unborn, alongside Brooke Adams. Griffin's appearances on TV then began to increase in regularity, with two appearances in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a Showtime parody of Madonna's Truth or Dare, entitled Medusa: Dare to be Truthful and a role in Bob Goldthwait's Shakes the Clown. She also appeared as the leader of a car club in an episode of Ellen in 1996, as well as a dual role in X-Files, alongside David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Griffin also featured as a fashion channel reporter in Ugly Betty.
It was in 1996 that Kathy Griffin started gaining serious airtime, when she was cast as Brooke Shields' colleague in Suddenly Susan. She also landed a one-hour special on HBO, entitled Kathy Griffin: A Hot Cup of Talk. Between 1996 and 1998, she played the role of Sally Weaver in Seinfeld, which also earned her a degree of recognition.
In 2009, Kathy Griffin topped the New York Times Bestseller List with her memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin. She also released a Grammy-nominated album, Sucking it for the Holidays.
Kathy has hosted CNN's New Year's Eve Broadcast for three years running, between 2009 - 11. In 2009 she landed herself in trouble for swearing on air and in 2011 she caused controversy for stripping to her underwear during the show.
In March 2011, Kathy Griffin guest starred in an episode of Glee, playing the role of a Regionals competition judge.
Griffin's stand-up shows often court attention for their no-nonsense style and for her love of mocking celebrities and people in the public eye. In the past, her 'victims' have included Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan. She has been compared to other controversial stars such as Howard Stern and she has claimed to have been banned from several mainstream TV shows, such as The View (which she temporarily co-hosted in 2007) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, she was banned from taking part in E!'s red carpet TV coverage when she made a joke that the child actress Dakota Fanning (aged 11 at the time) had entered rehab.
Kathy Griffin: Personal Life
Griffin is an advocate for LGBT right, as well as being a vocal supporter for same sex marriage.
In 2001, Kathy Griffin married Matt Moline, on top of the 360 Degree Restaurant in Hollywood. Brooke Shields was her maid of honour. The pair divorced, after a number of separations and she had her tattooed wedding ring removed by laser treatment. She later accused Moline of stealing $72,000 from her.
In 2007, Kathy Griffin attended the Emmy Awards with Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple. They stopped dating the following year.
In March 2011, Kathy Griffin announced, on the Howard Stern radio show, that she was romantically involved with Isaiah Mustafa. Mustafa went on to say that he was, in fact, single.
Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Griffin - Premiere Event for the Upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Disney's "Descendants." at WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MAIN THEATRE, Disney - Burbank, California, United States - Friday 24th July 2015
The red carpet fashion presenter is stepping down from her daily role as E! News anchor after being in the job since 2005.
It’s the end of an era for E! News, as Guiliana Rancic has announced that she’s quitting her role as a day-to-day anchor in a month’s time.
The 40 year old Italian-American presenter will be stepping down on August 10th, after just over ten years in the job. However, she will remain a significant presence on the network, as she says her roles on ‘Fashion Police’ and ‘Live from the Red Carpet’ will be continuing as normal.
Giuliana Rancic is stepping down from her role on E! News after a decade
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Melissa Rivers will join Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski as co-hosts on E!’s ‘Fashion Police’.
Fashion Police will be returning to E! in August and Melissa Rivers will be stepping into her late mother’s shoes as one of the show’s hosts. E! announced the news on Wednesday (17th June). Rivers will join Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski as co-host. 47-year-old Rivers will also continue serving as executive producer on the show, a role she has held since 2010.
Melissa Rivers is the new host of Fashion Police.
Continue reading: It’s Official: Melissa Rivers Named As Co-Host Of E!’s ‘Fashion Police’
Kathy Griffin is bringing her unique comedy styling to 80 cities across the US with her upcoming #LIKEABOSS tour.
Kathy Griffin has announced her upcoming comedy tour. The 54-year-old’s #LIKEABOSS tour will reportedly centre on her reaction to recent revelations from the world of popular culture. Those who are at risk of being lampooned by Griffin’s unique brand of humour are, as the comedian announced on her website, Caitlyn Jenner, Barbra Streisand and the Duggar family.
Kathy Griffin's #LIKEABOSS tour will take the comedian to 80 cities.
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The New York Daily News reports that Melissa is to take the place of her late mother Joan on the controversial fashion show.
According to the New York Daily News, an unnamed source revealed that executives at E!, which broadcasts the popular fashion show, has internally named Melissa as the panel’s moderator when it resumes taping on August 31st this year. She has apparently signed up for six shows.
Melissa Rivers may be signing up for 'Fashion Police'
Melissa Rivers, in a recent interview, criticised the statement Kathy Griffin released after leaving E!'s 'Fashion Police'.
Melissa Rivers has a bone to pick with Kathy Griffin. In a recent interview, held in front of a large crowd at a New York community arts centre, the 47-year-old daughter of the late Joan Rivers claimed that Griffin wasn't a good fit for E!'s Fashion Police. She further suggested Griffin had unintentionally criticised Joan, harming her legacy, by writing a lengthy statement upon her departure from E!'s Fashion Police.
Melissa Rivers criticised Kathy Griffin in a recent interview.
Kathy Griffin - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Los Angeles premiere of 'Ride' which was held at the ArcLight cinema in Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 29th April 2015
The presenter and panelist of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is apparently being considered as one of the replacements for Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin.
The search for new hosts for the controversy-hit show ‘Fashion Police’ has alighted upon RuPaul as a potential candidate.
The drama continues at the E! network show as the 54 year old ‘Drag Race’ presenter has been revealed by an unnamed source as one of the possible replacements for Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, who quit the programme in quick succession last month.
RuPaul is rumoured to be a new panelist on 'Fashion Police'
Continue reading: RuPaul Tipped As Replacement Host On Revamped 'Fashion Police'
Giuliana Rancic received death threats after making controversial comments about Zendaya Coleman's hair.
Giuliana Rancic finally addressed the controversy surrounding her comments on Zendaya Coleman's hair. The 40-year-old Fashion Police host has denied her comments were racially motivated, claiming she was referring to the current 'bohemian' trend.
Giuliana Rancic claims to have recieved death threats after her comments about Zendaya Coleman's hair.
Having been appointed as Joan Rivers' replacement, Griffin lasted just seven episodes before quitting at the end of last week.
Having unceremoniously quit ‘Fashion Police’ at the end of last week after filming just seven episodes, Kathy Griffin has said in a new interview that it was a mistake to take the job in the first place.
The 54 year old comedienne was interviewed on SiriusXM’s ‘Howard Stern Show’ on Monday, and she was quite candid about her regrets regarding the appointment to the E! show. “Well, I probably shouldn’t have taken the gig,” she said.
Kathy Griffin quit 'Fashion Police' after just seven episodes
Continue reading: Kathy Griffin Opens Up About Her Departure From 'Fashion Police'
Kathy Griffin, in a recent stand up show, has denied there was anything untoward in her decision to leave 'Fashion Police'.
Kathy Griffin was surprised at the reaction to her decision to leave Fashion Police. The 54-year-old comedian was performing in Waterbury, Connecticut on Friday (13th March) when she expressed her incredulity at the media reaction to the news. She also played down rumours there had been any quarrels between her and the show's producers, simply stating "it just didn't work out."
Kathy Griffin claimed "it just didn't work out" with Fashion Police.
Sources claim the future of 'Fashion Police' is bleak following the departure of Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin.
Sources working closely with E!'s Fashion Police have claimed the network is considering cancelling the show. The rumours come after two of the Fashion Police hosts, Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin, suddenly departed the show in less than a month. One source, speaking to RadarOnline, further claimed host Giuliana Rancic was a contributing factor in both hosts' decisions to leave.
Kathy Griffin announced she was leaving Fashion Police on Friday (13th March).
Lena Dunham has praised Kathy Griffin for quitting Fashion Police.
Girls star Lena Dunham has praised Kathy Griffin's decision to quit Fashion Police. The writer and actress has been on the receiving end of the panel in the past, especially the barbed tongue of the late Joan Rivers.
Lena Dunham praised Kathy Griffin for quitting Fashion Police
"Congrats to my beautiful friend Kathy Griffin for bravely saying enough is enough to intolerance of all kinds on television," Dunham wrote in a caption of a photo of Griffin posing in a pair of Minnie Mouse ears. "She's modeling a better way for the youths (and working those ears.)."
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Praises Kathy Griffin for Quitting E!'s Fashion Police
Date of birth
4th November, 1960