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Kathy Griffin

Kathy GriffinAKA Kathleen Mary Griffin

Born: 4-Nov-1960
Birthplace: Oak Park, IL

Gender: Female
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Comic
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Vicki on Suddenly Susan

Kathy Griffin is the acerbic redheaded comedian who played Brooke Shields' neurotic co-worker Vicki Groener on Suddenly Susan, and now stars as herself on the Bravo sitcom, My Life on the D-List. She has had cable specials including Kathy Griffin Is ... Not Nicole Kidman and Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman, and hosted the reality shows Average Joe and Celebrity Mole.

Griffin's schtick involves poking fun at celebrity in general, often mocking specific celebrities (including herself). She often explains that the rich and famous take themselves too seriously, and that celebrities who cannot laugh at themselves need to be laughed at. She is reportedly banned from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, because the producers don't want guests who make other potential guests the butt of their jokes. Griffin is also on the outs with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who was furious when she joked that then-10-year-old Dakota Fanning -- star of Spielberg's War of the Worlds -- had been admitted to rehab.

Griffin studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Institute, then spent seven years honing her comedy with the L.A. improv group The Groundlings. She often appears in movies, but seems to have a knack for choosing ill-fated projects -- Shakes the Clown, It's Pat, The Cable Guy, etc. She had a tiny cameo in Pulp Fiction, playing herself as a pedestrian who witnesses Ving Rhames being hit by a car.

Griffin has an epithelial ingrowth on her right eyeball, a complication of eye surgery that can potentially cause glare, double vision, ghosting, halos, or illusions of starbursts. She divorced her husband in 2006 because, Griffin says, she found him poking through her wallet, and figured out that he had pilfered about $72,000 from her.

[1] Formerly Catholic.

Father: John Griffin (electronics store manager, d. 2007)
Mother: Maggie Griffin (hospital administrator)
Brother: John Griffin Jr. (older)
Brother: Gary Griffin (older)
Sister: (1 sister)
Quentin Tarantino (dated early 1990s)
Husband: Matthew Moline (computer technician, dated 1999-2001, m. 18-Feb-2001, sep. Sep-2005, div. 15-May-2006)
Boyfriend: Steve Wozniak (dating 2007-)

    High School: Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL (1979)
    Conservatory: Lee Strasberg Institute
    University: Triton Junior College, River Grove, IL (one semester)

    John Kerry for President
    Obama for America
    Endorsement of Target 2001
    Ordained by the Universal Life Church Mar-2008
    Laser Eye Surgery
    Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It" List D-Lister
    Irish Ancestry

    Suddenly Susan Vickie Groener (1996-2000)
    Dilbert Alice (1999-2000)
    Celebrity Poker Showdown Contestant (2004)

    Hall Pass (23-Feb-2011) · Herself
    Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage (4-Aug-2010) [VOICE]
    Shrek Forever After (21-Apr-2010) · Dancing Witch [VOICE]
    Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (25-Jan-2010) · Herself
    Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (13-Oct-2007) · Herself
    Her Minor Thing (10-Jun-2005) · Maggie
    Dirty Love (2005) · Madame Belly
    Love Wrecked (2005) · Belinda
    Beethoven's 5th (2-Dec-2003) · Evie Kling
    Run Ronnie Run! (16-Sep-2003) · Herself
    A Diva's Christmas Carol (13-Dec-2000)
    The Intern (21-Jan-2000) · Cornelia Crisp
    Lion of Oz (2000) [VOICE]
    Muppets From Space (14-Jul-1999) · Female Armed Guard
    Jackie's Back! (14-Jun-1999) · Herself
    Dill Scallion (25-Jan-1999)
    Can't Stop Dancing (16-Jan-1999)
    Courting Courtney (30-Oct-1997)
    Trojan War (26-Sep-1997) · Cashier
    Who's the Caboose? (1997) · Katty
    The Cable Guy (14-Jun-1996) · Cable Boy's Mother
    Four Rooms (16-Sep-1995) · Betty
    Pulp Fiction (14-Oct-1994) · Herself
    It's Pat (26-Aug-1994) · Kathy
    Shakes the Clown (13-Mar-1992)
    Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1992)
    The Unborn (29-Mar-1991) · Connie Chicago

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Comedy albums:
For Your Consideration (2008)

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