"I’m open about it. You have the A-list with Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman. The B-list is, like, Ray Romano and Debra Messing. For a while I hovered on the C-List. But then I did ‘Celebrity Mole’ and I jumped right to D. Once you do ‘Celebrity Mole,' there’s no coming back. The D-list is people who have shows on the Animal Planet." Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin first garnered recognition while playing Vicki Groener Rubenstein, Brooke Shields' neurotic co-worker, on NBC's sitcom “Suddenly Susan” (1996-2000). She recently won a 2007 Emmy for her work in her own reality series on Bravo, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (2005-Present).
“I was raised right. I talk about people behind their backs.” Kathy Griffin
The comedienne, notorious for making fun of other celebrities, appeared in her own one-hour HBO comedy special, “A Hot Cup of Talk” (1998), hosted shows like NBC’s “Average Joe” (2003-2005) and appeared as a contestant (and won) the reality series “Celebrity Mole: Hawaii.” She also has had cable specials, including “Kathy Griffin Is ... Not Nicole Kidman” and “Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman.”
On the big screen, the 5' 4'' red-head could be seen in the films "Shakes the Clown" (1992), "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Lovewrecked" (2005) and "Dirty Love" (2005). She will star in the upcoming comedy films "Dixie's" and "The Last Guy on Earth."
“Everybody in LA is really snobby. They were all like, 'We gotta go, on our way to do Renée Zellweger's house.' It was a typical LA experience. If you want to go to a restaurant in LA, you have to be on 'Desperate Housewives.'” Kathy Griffin
Before marrying IT consultant Matt Moline in 2001, Griffin dated film director Quentin Tarantino in the early 1990s. Following her divorce in 2006, she was romantically linked to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Childhood and Family:
Born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois, on November 4, 1961, Kathleen Mary Griffin was raised there and in nearby Forest Park. Her mother is Maggie Griffin and her father is John Patrick Griffin, who worked in an electronics store, but later appeared in four episodes of "Suddenly Susan" and in Kathy's Bravo reality show "My Life on the D List." He died of heart failure on February 17, 2007, at age 91. The youngest of five children, Kathy has three older brothers and an older sister.
As a teenager, Kathy attended Oak Park High School and graduated in 1977. She attended Triton Junior College in River Grove, Illinois, for one semester. Afterward, she followed her parents to the west and began trying to break into show business. She later signed up with The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, in Los Angeles, California.
On September 23, 2000, Kathy became engaged to Matt Moline (IT consultant; born in 1970) and the two were married on February 18, 2001. Brooke Shields was Kathy's Maid of Honor at her wedding, which was held on top of Hollywood's 360-Degrees Restaurant.
Kathy and Moline filed for divorce on September 23, 2005, reconciled in December 2005, but divorced again on May 15, 2006.
Kathy is close friends with actor Jonathan Bennett. She does not drink alcoholic beverages, saying “Food is my thing. I do not smoke or drink, so food is my vice.”
Kathy once performed in a dog fashion show with her two dogs. In early 2006, one of her dogs was hit by a car and killed.
She is a vocal opponent of excessive plastic surgery and the use of Botox, despite the fact that she has undergone some plastic surgery. In May 2005, she had a second surgery for an epithelial growth in her right eye, a rare condition that threatens her eyesight.
Kathy has played in the World Poker Tour for the Face to Face: National Domestic Violence Project charity.
"I grew up in Chicago and was a huge fan of The Second City, so when I moved to L.A., I was looking for anything that resembled that. Then I started The Groundlings, so I went to a show and it was very much like Second City. I was so impressed that that same night I went backstage and I went up to the funniest person there. I told him I wanted to do that. I was bold and fresh and the man I approached was Phil Hartman. He was so sweet. I did that first and then moved to stand-up comedy." Kathy Griffin
Born and raised in the Chicago area, 18-year-old Kathy Griffin moved to Los Angeles where her parents retired. Griffin, who would circulate among the guests at parties and tell jokes as a kid, began trying to break into show business. After studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, she spent seven years honing in on her comedy with the Los Angeles improv comedy troupe The Groundlings. She paid her dues doing stand-up at various clubs while working various jobs, which including being a waitress, hostess and baby furniture salesman.
Along with fellow Groundlings alumni Janeane Garofalo, Griffin performed stand-up comedy with the comedy act "Hot Cup of Talk," which was later the title of Griffin's 1998 solo HBO special. She also did some acting and made her feature film debut with the supporting role of Connie in Rodman Flender's horror movie “The Unborn” (1991), starring Brooke Adams.
Griffin gradually appeared on television more often. She could be seen in comedian Julie Brown's “Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful” (1992), a Showtime television spoof of Madonna's "Truth or Dare" documentary. She made two appearances as the character Susan Klein on NBC's sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and was spotted as a guest in an episode of ABC's divorce-attorney series “Civil Wars” and HBO’s adult sitcom "Dream On."
In 1992, Griffin was cast in fellow comic Bob Goldthwait's movie “Shakes the Clown.” Two years later, she appeared in then-boyfriend Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning crime/drama film "Pulp Fiction" (1994), starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. She recalled, "I was the wacky character. I was dating Quentin Tarantino at the time. He was a pretty freaky guy..."
Back to the small screen, Griffin guest-starred in an episode of the popular NBC medical drama “ER,” the NBC sitcoms "Mad About You" and "Seinfield” and the ABC sitcom "Ellen." She also made her TV-movie debut in the ABC remake of the 1971 film starring a still-young Kurt Russell, "The Barefoot Executive."
"Ellen was a blast. When I was there, she threw out the entire script. She said that the script would not work, so they rewrote it and the next day it was all different." Kathy Griffin
1996 proved to be Griffin's breakout year. After headlining her own "HBO Comedy Half-Hour" and being a regular on the Fox variety show "Saturday Night Special," she was cast as Vicki Groener Rubenstein, a restaurant critic and acerbic colleague of Brooke Shields' title character, on the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan." She stayed with the show until its finale in 2000.
During her hefty four-year stint on "Suddenly Susan," Griffin starred in an one-hour special on HBO, “Kathy Griffin: A Hot Cup of Talk” (1998), and appeared in the TV commercials for Vaseline Intensive Care (voice) and Frosted Cheerios. She was also a celebrity contestant on "Rock & Roll Jeopardy" and lent her voice to the character Alice on the UPN animated series "Dilbert" (1999-2000), a spin-off of the comic strip of the same name.
The new millennium saw Griffin appear in an episode of FOX’s popular sci-fi series “The X-Files” and in the music video for Eminem's hit single, “The Real Slim Shady,” as an attending nurse in a psychiatric ward. She later revealed in an interview that Eminem selected her for the video because fellow rapper Snoop Dogg told him she was "really funny."
In 2003, Griffin was cast as herself on ABC's "Celebrity Mole: Hawaii," in which she took home the $233,000 grand prize after competing with Stephen Baldwin, Corbin Bernsen, Michael Boatman, Kim Coles, Erik von Detten, and Frederique van der Wal. That same year, she hosted the NBC reality series “Average Joe.” She also appeared in TV commercials for Target, Glad storage bags, and TV Guide.
After releasing the comedy DVD “Kathy Griffin: Allegedly” (2004), Griffin hosted E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet: The 2005 Golden Globe Awards,” where she infuriated “War of the Worlds” (2005) film executives and director Steven Spielberg for making jokes about 10-year-old film star Dakota Fanning.
In August 2005, Griffin's stand-up routine, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," went on to air on Bravo. During the show's run, she also debuted four comedy specials, “Everybody Can Suck It,” “Strong Black Woman,” “Kathy Griffin Is...Not Nicole Kidman” and “The D-List” (later released on DVD on June 12, 2007).
Griffin was cast in John Mallory Asher's romantic comedy "Dirty Love" (2005), opposite Jenny McCarthy, and appeared in the television commercial for Alka Seltzer and Sierra Mist. She also hosted the 2007 Gayvn Awards in San Francisco.
Moviegoers will soon watch Griffin acting in the upcoming comedy films, "Dixie's," alongside Andy Dick, and "The Last Guy on Earth," with Yasmine Bleeth and Maria Conchita Alonso.
"I prefer being known for my stand-up because I write it. I love being an actor and saying other people's words is great. But then, when I do stand-up, I love getting my own point of view out there. It's my own material. But I guarantee you, when I was doing nothing but stand-up and wasn't getting any acting work, I hated it. I started as an actor, and I was like, 'I want to act. I want to act.' It's pretty dreamy right now." Kathy Griffin
Emmy: Outstanding Reality Program, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," 2007