Her first album, For Your Consideration (2008), made her the first female comedian to debut at the top of the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart.In 2009, she released her autobiography, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.Her Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005–2010) became a ratings hit for the network and earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program.
Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial, and she was signed with several Chicago talent agencies.
At 18, Griffin persuaded her parents to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous. True Hollywood Story segment, she stated that she often went to see the Groundlings perform before she joined.
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She has also appeared on TV and on film numerous times, mainly in supporting roles.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, she moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where she studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and became a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings.
In the 1990s, Griffin began performing as a stand-up comedian and also appeared as a guest star on several television shows.
She achieved wider recognition after her role as a supporting character in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan (1996–2000).
Maggie Griffin worked as a cashier for Oak Park Hospital.
Griffin has four older siblings: Kenny, Joyce (died 2017), Gary (died 2014), and John.
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