Kathleen Mary Griffin, born November 4, 1960, is a 58-year-old American comedian and actor. She is best known for her reality TV show My Life on the D List and she guest-starred on Glee.

Personal Life

Griffin was born the youngest child of John Griffin and Maggie Corbally in Oak Park, Illinois.[1] She has three brothers, Gary (deceased), John, Kenny (deceased), and one sister, Joyce.[2] Her brother, Gary, died in January 2014 from Cancer at age 64.[3]

Griffin in an interview, with Entertainment Tonight in 2009, talked about her late older brother Kenny: "My brother Kenny who is now passed away and was a pedophile and went to prison and obviously wreaked a lot of havoc on my parents and the family...had an extremely profound impact on me. Maybe in some ways, the most influential relationship of my life. Meaning, when you grow up in a house with someone with that, I don't know if you call it energy, but he was violent. I saw him beat his wife right in front of me. You know, he was a pedophile. He was extremely sexually inappropriate with me ever since I was a teeny kid. It kind of shapes the way you see the world. For me, it is definitely tied into my trust issues I have with guys. [...] In a way, it maybe even contributed to me having a really dark sense of humor."[4]

Griffin used dramatic attempts to lose weight including diet pills, day-long aerobics classes, bulimia, and even Speed.[5]

She moved to California, from her native Chicago, and joining the famed Los Angeles Groundlings comedy improvisational troupe.[6]

She was in relationships with Jack Black, Quentin Tarantino,[4] Steve Wozniak.,[7][8] and a man Griffin didn't identify but said "he regular guy with a regular job."[9]

Griffin was married to Matt Moline for four years that ended in divorce in May 2006.[10]

She has a memoir titled Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin that was published in 2010.[11]


Griffin had guest-starring roles on ER and Seinfeld, and she had a recurring role on Suddenly Susan for four years.

She hosted her own reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List for five years (and six seasons) till 2010. The show was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in the first, fourth and fifth season, and Kathy won that Emmy in the second and third season.[6]

Griffin performed many successful stand-up specials for Bravo including "Kathy Griffin...Is Not Nicole Kidman," "Strong Black Woman," "Kathy Griffin-Straight to Hell", "Kathy Griffin; She'll Cut a Bitch", "Kathy Griffin: Balls of Steal," and "Kathy Does The Bible Belt."

She released her first comedy album "For Your Consideration" in June 2008 and her first Christmas album called "Suckin' It for the Holidays" in 2009.[6] For Your Consideration received a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album and garnered Kathy the acclaim of being the first female comedian ever to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart.[6] She was nominated for a Grammy in 2010 for Best Comedy Album for "Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt."[6]

Griffin guest-starred on Glee in 2011.

Griffin was named the new host of E!'s Fashion Police in December 2014[12], however she announced her departure after seven episodes through Twitter in March 2015.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Fade to Black Grauman's Chinese Theater Extra uncredited
Battle Beyond the Stars Alien Extra
1984 Streets of Fire Concertgoer
1988 On the Fritz Wife TV Movie
1989 On the Television Various ("Beauty and the Beet")
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Melissa Klein ("Not with My Pig, You Don't")
1991 Shakes the Clown Lucy
The Unborn Connie Chicago
1992 Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful Taffy TV Movie
1993 Dream On Dawn ("The French Conception")
Civil Wars Yvonne ("Watt, Me Worry?")
1994 Pulp Fiction Hit-and-run Witness
1995 Big News TV Movie
Mad About Youl Brenda ("New Year's Eve")
The Barefoot Executive Mary TV Movie
Dweebs Sheila ("The Birthday Party Show")
Four Rooms Betty
ER Dolores Minky ("Motherhood")
Ned and Stacey Jeannie/Jeanne 1995 - 1996 ("Loganberry's Run" and "Accountus Interruptus")
1996 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Kathy voice ("Koppleman and Katz")
The Cable Guy Cable Boy's Mother
Saturday Night Special Various (5 episodes)
Caroline in the City DMV Clerk ("Caroline and the Movie")
Partners Michelle ("Can We Keep Her, Dad?")
Ellen Peggy ("Oh, Sweet Rapture")
Suddenly Susan Vicki Groener 1996 - 2000 (93 episodes)
Seinfeld Sally 1996 - 1998 ("The Cartoon" and "The Doll")
1997 The Wonderful World of Disney Mary ("The New Barefoot Executive")
Who's the Caboose? Katty
Courting Courtney Ona Miller
The Big Fall Sally video
Trojan War Cashier
1999 Dilbert Alice 1999 - 2000, voice and uncredited (18 episodes)
Muppets from Space Female Armed Guard
Dill Scallion Tina
Can't Stop Dancing Modeling Agent
2000 Eminem: E Nurse video (segment "The Real Slim Shady")
A Diva's Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Past TV Movie
Enemies of Laughter Cindy
Curb Your Enthusiasm Kathy Griffin ("The Pants Tent")
Lion of Oz Caroline voice
The X-Files Betty Templeton / Lulu Pfeiffer ("Fight Club")
Intern Cornelia Crisp
2001 Strong Medicine Matchmaker ("Silent Epidemic")
The Simpsons Francine voice ("Bye Bye Nerdie")
On Edge Karen Katz
2002 The Drew Carey Show Kathy ("The Eagle Has Landed")
2003 Beethoven's 5th Evie Kling video
Crank Yankers Maria voice ("Episode #2.20")
Spider-Man Roxanne Gaines voice ("Mind Games: Part 1" and "Mind Games: Part 2")
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Luis Agent Autumn Summerfield voice ("The Unnatural")
2004 Half & Half Dr. Morgan ("The Big Labor of Love Episode")
Stripperella The Bridesmaid voice ("The Bridesmaid")
2005 Love Wrecked Belinda
Days of Our Lives Limo Driver ("Episode #1.10152")
Her Minor Thing Maggie
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Rhoga voice
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker Rae Prado ("1995 SuperDogs! Superjocks!")
Dirty Love Madame Belly
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Herself/Host 2005 - 2010 (48 episodes)
2006 Bachelor Party Vegas She-Elvis uncredited and video
2007 Ugly Betty Fashion TV Anchor ("In or Out")
2009 Privileged Olivia ("All About a Brand New You!")
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Vera voice
Shrek Forever After Dancing Witch / Wagon Witch # 1 voice
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Babs Duffy ("P.C.")
2011 Drop Dead Diva Jenna Kaswell-Bailey ("He Said, She Said")
Glee Tammy Jean Albertson ("Original Song")
The Defenders Sally Scott ('Nevada v. Greene")
2012 American Dad! Kelly voice ("The Kidney Stays in the Picture")
Whitney Lindsay ("Codependence Day")
2015 E!'s Fashion Police Herself, Host


  • She starred in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as did other Glee star Darren Criss.
  • She supports the LGBT rights and she is a proud spoken person for the group.



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