Kathy Griffin Biography
Kathy breaks through the entertainment industry with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. In 2013, she was in the Guinness Book of World Records for writing and starring in an unprecedented 23 televised stand-up specials—more than any other comedian in history.
From writing New York Times best-selling books to filling the biggest concert halls around the globe on her comedy tours, including The Kennedy Center, three performances at Carnegie Hall, The Famed Sydney Opera House, The Kodak Theatre, and the London Palladium, Griffin has cemented herself as one of the most powerful figures in comedy with her unafraid, unfiltered, and utterly hilarious take on Hollywood-she is a must-see for any stand-up comedian.
Kathy’s first appearance on television was in a minor role in the Chicago White Sox commercial, which is for a major league baseball team. Later on, she signed up with several talent agencies in Chicago.
In the early 1980s, Griffin became a part of the improvisational and sketch comedy group known as “The Groundlings.” A period when she struggled to make it big and failed in auditions. Moreover, in 1980, she played the role of an “alien extra” in the science fiction film “Battle Beyond the Stars,” directed by Jimmy T. Murakami. This film did not do much for her career as she was not noticed.
In 1989, she was seen in the comedy TV show, “On the Television,” a satirical and critical TV show. She appeared in the “Beauty and the Beast” episode. In 1991, Kathy played the role of “Connie” in the horror film “The Unborn,” which is about a story revolving around a married couple. The director of the film is Rodman Flender.
Additionally, she appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film, “Pulp Fiction” in 1994, where she played the role of a hit-and-run witness. This film received incredibly positive reviews. Griffin, in 1995, also played the role of “Dolores Minky” in the episode “Motherhood” of the American television drama series. ‘ER’. A series created by Michael Crichton.
The following year, Kathy appeared in two episodes of the “Saturday Night Special.” Later in the same year, she appeared in the American animated TV series, “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.” Moreover, in 2000, she appeared in the “Fight Club” episode of the science fiction-horror drama series, “The X-Files.” A series created by Chris Carter
In 2002, Kathy played herself in the comedy film, “Run Ronnie Run,” a film based on the HBO show, “Mr. Show.” The film received good reviews from critics. In addition, the same year, she played the role of “Kathy” in the episode “The Eagle Has Landed” from the ABC sitcom “The Drew Carey Show”. A show set in Cleveland, Ohio
Furthermore, in 2005, she played the role of “Madame Belly” in the film “Dirty Love.” The film was directed by John Mallory Asher and was a critical failure, receiving negative reviews. On August 3, 2005, Kathy came out with her own reality TV show, “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” which portrayed her struggle and experience to achieve success in Hollywood.
In 2008, Griffin came out with the comedy album “For Your Consideration,” her first audio release. This album received a Grammy Award nomination. Furthermore, on November 3, 2009, she released her Grammy Award-nominated comedy album, “Suckin’ It for the Holidays.” This album featured the tracks “Happy Kwaanza” and “Congratulations.”
Kathy was seen in the documentary film, “Joan Rivers: Piece of Work,” in 2010. It was based on the life of a comedian, Joan Rivers. In 2011, Kathy was a judge for season 17, episode seven of the American reality television show, “America’s Next Top Model”. A show created by Tyra Banks.
Moreover, in 2012, she began to host the late-night talk show, “Kathy,” where she performs many stand-up comedy acts. The director of the show is Lenn Goodside.
Kathy Griffin Age
How old is Kathy Griffin? Griffin is 63 years old as of 2023. She was born Kathleen Mary Griffin on November 4, 1960, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois. In addition, she celebrates her birthday on the 4th of November every year, and her zodiac sign is Scorpio. Kathy’s nationality is American, and she is of Irish descent.
Kathy Griffin Family
She was born Kathleen Mary Griffin to her parents, John Patrick Griffin and Mary Margaret, in Oak Park, Illinois. She has four older siblings: Kenny, Joyce (died 2017), Gary (died 2014), and John. In addition, her sister Joyce and brother Gary died of cancer.
She went to Bernadine’s Elementary School. Later on, she joined Oak Park and River Forest High Schools, where she became part of the school’s musical theatre group. This was the time when her love for acting flourished and she aspired to be an actress. When she was about eighteen years old, her parents relocated to Los Angeles to aid her in gaining more opportunities in the field of acting.
Kathy Griffin Husband
Is Kathy married? Initially, Kathy was married to Matt Moline from 2001 until their breakup in 2006. Kathy Griffin’s reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, featured Matt.
Since 2012, Kathy has been in a relationship with Randy Bick, a marketing executive. In November of 2018, the duo split for five months before reconciling in April 2019. In addition, Griffin and Bick decided to tie the knot at her California home on January 1, 2020, in a ceremony led by comedian Lily Tomlin.
Kathy shared a video of herself alongside Bick on New Year’s Eve in which the two told her followers that they were planning to get married in the early hours of 2020. Moreover, Griffin wore a shiny, white dress with short sleeves with a black ribbon around the waist. At the time of their wedding, Kathy tweeted that she had won the same dress on their first formal date back in 2011 and that Bick had chosen that gown for the ceremony.
Kathy Griffin Height
Griffin stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m) and she weighs 55 kg (121 lbs). In addition, she has green eyes and her hair color is dark brown.
- Kathy’s audio album, ‘For Your Consideration’ reached the 85th position on the U.S. Billboard 200, which became one of the highest-ranked albums by a female comedian, since 1983. In addition, the album also made it to the No. 1 position on the U.S. Top Comedy Albums.
- Besides, her audio album ‘Suckin’ It for the Holidays, made it to No. 4 positions on the U.S. Top Comedy Albums chart. This album also received a Grammy Award nomination.
Awards and Achievements
- For two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008, she was the recipient of the Primetime Emmy in the Outstanding Reality Program’ for the show ‘Kathy Griffin; My Life on the D-List.
- In 2013, she was the winner of the Grammy Award for her album, ‘Calm Down Gurrl’.
Kathy Griffin’s Net Worth
How much is Kathy worth? Kathy has an estimated net worth of $35 million as of 2022. Her wealth is mainly attributed to her successful career as an actress and comedian.