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Renee Zellweger makes red carpet debut after four month hiatus

Renee Zellweger makes red carpet debut after four month hiatus

March 13 (UPI) -- Renee Zellweger made her first red carpet appearance in a while during Monday's The Painted Turtle event at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Calif.
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Fergie dons yellow Ungaro at event with Josh Duhamel

Fergie dons yellow Ungaro at event with Josh Duhamel

Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Fergie steps out in yellow with husband Josh Duhamel.
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Sam Champion, Robin Meade to host Daytime Emmy Awards

Sam Champion, Robin Meade to host Daytime Emmy Awards

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Sam Champion, A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade will serve as hosts of the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles, HLN announced.

Anderson Cooper grimaces as he holds a tarantula

NEW YORK, April 25 (UPI) -- CNN journalist Anderson Cooper held a live tarantula in his hands on his U.S. daytime talk show in a "Truth or Dare?" challenge with comedienne Kathy Griffin.
Friars Club to honor comedian Don Rickles

Friars Club to honor comedian Don Rickles

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Actor/comedian Don Rickles is to be honored with the Friars Club's Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at a gala in New York, organizers announced.
Bravo cancels Kathy Griffin's talk show

Bravo cancels Kathy Griffin's talk show

CINCINNATI, April 7 (UPI) -- Kathy Griffin said Bravo has canceled her late-night talk show, "Kathy," after just two seasons.
Bravo orders second season of 'Kathy'

Bravo orders second season of 'Kathy'

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) -- Bravo Media says it has green-lit a second season of "Kathy," a weekly prime-time talk show starring U.S. comedian Kathy Griffin.
Anderson Cooper says no to in-flight photo

Anderson Cooper says no to in-flight photo

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said he was recently aggressive with a fellow passenger who attempted to photograph him on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.

Kathy Griffin surprises NYC window washer

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Comedienne Kathy Griffin shared the impromptu cheesecake show she put on for a New York window washer with her Twitter followers.
Griffin to host post-Emmys special

Griffin to host post-Emmys special

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. comedienne Kathy Griffin is to star in a 1-hour special called "Kathy Griffin's Emmys Aftermath," TV Guide Network said Monday.
Gervais, Morgan set for N.Y. comedy fest

Gervais, Morgan set for N.Y. comedy fest

NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Tracy Morgan and Louis CK have been booked to perform at the upcoming New York Comedy Festival, organizers said.
Tyson, Griffin set for 'Same Name'

Tyson, Griffin set for 'Same Name'

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- Boxer Mike Tyson, comedian Kathy Griffin and New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush are to take part in the reality series, "Same Name," CBS said.
Griffin set for royal wedding commentary

Griffin set for royal wedding commentary

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- America's TV Guide Network says it plans to air a special called "Kathy Griffin's Insightful and Hilarious Take on the Royal Wedding."
Mustafa says he's not dating Griffin

Mustafa says he's not dating Griffin

LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. television pitchman Isaiah Mustafa says he is not dating comedian Kathy Griffin, contrary to media reports claiming he is.
Report: Griffin and Mustafa dating

Report: Griffin and Mustafa dating

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Kathy Griffin and Isaiah Mustafa, the TV pitchman known as the "Old Spice guy," are dating, a source told UsMagazine.com.
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Kathy Griffin arrives at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on January 5, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin (born November 4, 1960) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, television personality, New York Times best-selling author and an LGBT rights advocate. Griffin first gained recognition for appearances on two episodes of Seinfeld, and then for her supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan. She was the star of the Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, for which she won two Emmy Awards as executive producer. She has also worked as a voice artist and red carpet commentator, in addition to several other career pursuits. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. In her bid to win a Tony Award, she made her Broadway debut in Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony in March 2011.

Kathleen Mary Griffin was born in Oak Park, Illinois on November 4, 1960. Her mother, Mary Margaret "Maggie" (née Corbally), and her father, John Patrick Griffin, were first-generation Irish Americans. Maggie worked as a cashier in the Oak Park Hospital. The last of five children, her siblings are Kenny, Joyce, Gary, and John. Griffin described herself during her early years as "a kid who needed to talk. All the time." She would often visit her neighbors, the Bowens, to tell them stories about her family; she has referred to these visits as her first live shows and the place where she learned "the power of juicy material". When most of her siblings moved, Griffin often spent hours alone in the house, and she developed a binge eating disorder. She explained that even though eating disorders were not very well known at that time, she knew that her eating behavior was aberrant and always threw the garbage away in the neighbor's can. In her 2009 autobiography Official Book Club Selection, Griffin confessed that she "still suffers " but has learned to "deal with them".

As a young girl Griffin attended St. Bernadine's Elementary School, and began to develop a dislike for organized religion due to the punishments of the nuns towards her and other "vulnerable" students. After graduation, she attended Oak Park River Forest High School and sought refuge in musical theatre, playing roles such as Rosemary on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. During her senior year she began arguing with her parents, who wanted her to attend college, because she wanted to become a professional actress. Her first appearance on television was as an extra on a Chicago White Sox commercial and was signed with different Chicago talent agencies. At age eighteen, Griffin convinced her parents to move to Los Angeles to help her become famous.

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