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15 Facts About Kathy Griffin

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Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin is an American writer, producer, actress, and television host.

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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.

The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute is an acting school located at 115 East 15th Street between Union Square East and Irving Place in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, as well as at 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.

Oak Park is a village adjacent to the West Side of the city of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States.

The Groundlings are an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe and school based in Los Angeles, California.

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In the 1990s, Griffin began performing and appeared as a guest star on several television shows.

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She achieved recognition in a supporting role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.

The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

Suddenly Susan is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 19, 1996, until December 26, 2000.

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Her Bravo reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List became a ratings hit for the network and earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program.

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Griffin has released six albums, all of which received Grammy Award nominations.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

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Her first album, For Your Consideration, made her the first female performer in the comedian category to debut at the top of the Billboard Top Comedy Albums chart.

Comedy Albums is a Billboard chart that lists the "top-selling spoken word and musical comedy albums" each week, as ranked by sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

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In 2009, she released her autobiography Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin.

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Griffin has taped numerous specials with HBO and Bravo.

Home Box Office is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by Time Warner through its respective flagship company Home Box Office, Inc. Programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with made-for-cable movies and documentaries, boxing matches, and occasional stand-up comedy and concert specials.

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For the latter network, she has recorded 16 television specials, breaking the Guinness World record for the number of aired TV specials on any network, by any entertainer in the history of comedy.

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In 2011, she also became the first performer in the comedian category to have four televised specials in a year.

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Besides her TV career, she is an LGBT activist involved in causes such as same-sex marriage and the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell."

"Don't ask, don't tell" was the official United States policy on military service by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians, instituted by the Clinton Administration on February 28, 1994, when Department of Defense Directive 1304.26 issued on December 21, 1993, took effect, lasting until September 20, 2011.

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is marriage between people of the same sex, either as a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting.

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

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She has also participated in two USO tours.

The United Service Organizations Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States service members and their families.

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Griffin is known for her conversational style and controversial statements on celebrities, religion and sexuality.

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After being nominated for six years in a row for the Grammy, she won the award in 2014, becoming only the third woman to win in the same category as Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.

Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian, author and television host.

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer.

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