Who can forget the whole severed-head-photo-debacle of the US President, Donald Trump? And who can overlook the feisty red-head holding it up in the photograph? Small in stature but blessed with a big mouth, comedian Kathleen Mary Griffin or Kathy Griffin relishes in dishing celeb dirt. While she’s a lot of things, Kathy’s reputation as a controversial comedian precedes her.
She is fearless when it comes to addressing any subject irrespective of who is involved and her observational comedic style and satirical antics have earned her an immense following over the years. Want to know about Kathy Griffin’s controversy-splashed career? Want to why she feels that all this backlash is not the end of her and she will be a legend when she’s gone? Let’s dig into the life of the audacious comedian who didn’t think twice before mocking the President, how she dealt with the public backlash, her net worth in 2018, and how she remains undeterred through her so-called bad times.
Biography & Wiki
Kathy Griffin was born on 4 November 1960, in the Oak Park village of Chicago. Taken with an innate affinity to entertainment, she often used to visit her neighbors to recite some of her own stories, which she now believes were her first shows. For her primary education, she went to the St. Bernadine’s Elementary School, and after graduating from there, she went to the Oak Park and River Forest High School, Chicago for her higher education. Going into college, Kathy had no inclinations towards a career in showbiz, but while in her second year she realized that was what she wanted to do and decided to quit college, a decision that brought on a barrage of arguments with her parents who were mostly against the idea. Later, she convinced her parents to let her follow her dreams and in 1978 went to New York to enroll herself at the Oak Park and River Forest High School, which is where she learned drama.
Kathy Griffin is the youngest of the five children born to her parents. Her father, John Patrick Griffin was a businessman, while her mother, Mary Margaret “Maggie” Griffin was a cashier in the Oak Park Hospital. Kathy lost both her elder sister, Joyce and elder brother, Gary to cancer.
On 18 February 2001, Kathy Griffin married Matt Moline. However, the marriage couldn’t last long, and in 2006, the couple got divorced. In 2007, there were rumors that Kathy was dating “Apple” co-founder, Steve Wozniak and the speculations turned out to be right when on 6 February 2008, Kathy herself admitted that she indeed was in a relationship with Steve. However, even her second tryst with love didn’t prove to be successful, and soon in June 2008, it was confirmed that the couple had parted ways. Later, in 2012, she started dating a marketing executive, Randy Bick who is still her partner.
Kathy Griffin’s professional career as a comedian began in the early 1980s when she joined “improv comedy” in Los Angeles. Later, she started her own comedy night show, “Hot Cup of Talk”. In 1994, she appeared in her first film titled “Pulp Fiction”. Throughout the 1990s, she appeared in various shows and sitcoms, like “Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. In 1991, she appeared in an American black comedy film titled “Shakes the Clown”. She has also worked in various comedy shows helmed by HBO.
In 1994, she played herself in the comedy film, “It’s Pat” directed by Adam Bernstein. In 1995, she worked in two films titled “Four Rooms” and “The Barefoot Executive” playing the roles of Betty and Mary, respectively. She appeared as a mother in the 1996 comedy film helmed by Ben Stiller titled “The Cable Guy”. In 2000, she voiced the role of Caroline in an animated film titled “Lion of OZ”. Again in 2005, she voiced the role of Rhoda in the Davis Doi’s animated film, “Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone.” In 2011, she appeared in an American musical comedy film, “The Muppets”. A year later, she appeared in the 6th episode of the 2nd season of a cooking TV series titled “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off”.
In 2015, she hosted a talk show titled “Fashion Police”. In a 2018 TV series, “Make America Great-a-Thon: A President Show Special” she played the role of Kellyanne Elizabeth Conway who currently is an American pollster and political consultant in Donald Trump’s government.
On Awards & Achievements- For her extraordinary works in TV and films, Kathy Griffin has been nominated for various prestigious awards many of which she has even managed to bag. She won two consecutive “Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program” in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, she was awarded the “Outstanding Female Lead- Comedy Series” award and “Vanguard Award.” In 2013, she won the “Calm Down Gurrl” award.
Salary, Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Kathy Griffin to date is $25 million. Recently, Kathy Griffin finally sells her ‘I made it’ Hollywood Hills mansion for $5.5M, and she has just dropped a whopping $10.5 million on a new nine-bedroom, 12-bathroom estate located in Bel Air. She has earned this considerable fortune mainly by her applause-worthy acts in various TV shows and films. She also wins her live and studio stand-up comedy shows. A part of the wealth has also been earned by endorsing multiple renowned brands.
5 Fascinating Facts You Need To Know About Kathy Griffin
Kathy Griffin, an Emmy Award-winning comedian, best-selling author, reality star and actress, has yet to meet a celebrity that she won’t mock in the name of humor! She is one of the most diverse and outspoken entertainment icons in the world. Here are some intriguing facts about her.
• Kathy Griffin is an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.
• In 2010, she even argued with a Republican Party politician, Michele Bachmann about her views on Homosexuality.
• She often raises funds to spread awareness about AIDS and to help its patients.
• On 31 May 2017, Kathy was terminated from the CNN’s show, “New Year’s Eve broadcast” for airing offensive photographs of her.
• For sharing a controversial picture of Donald Trump in 2017, she was investigated by Interpol and was detained at many airports during her travels.
The name Kathy Griffin is pretty much synonymous with entertainment. The energy she brings in to her live performances often leaves audiences begging for more. Apart from a comedian and an actor, she appears to be an active citizen of her country. Through her comedy shows, she doesn’t only entertain people but also criticizes various politicians and stars for their affectations. Moreover, her humanitarian works, like fighting for LGBT rights and collecting funds for Aids patients is commendable.