Kathy Griffin Net Worth & The Trump Controversy

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Kathy Griffin is a famous American Comedian and an actress who rose to fame after her appearance in the television series Suddenly Susan. She is also widely known for her appearance in an American reality television series “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List”. The actress who became a major subject of controversy after posting a bizarre video about President Trump is worth $20 million.

Early Life

Kathleen Mary Griffin was born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, the U.S.  As a kid, she told stories to her neighbours and soon found out the juicy way of narrating stories.

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Griffin attended St.Bernadine’s Elementary School and Oak Park and River Forest High School.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where she studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Career

Stand-up Comedy

Griffin began her career as a cashier at a local hospital. She soon became a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings and began performing stand-up in several television shows. However, she became famous in the late 90s and early 2000s after her appearance in NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan as a supporting character.

She eventually went on to appear in numerous movies and TV series and also hosted various shows. Griffin has released six comedy albums, all of which got nominated for Grammy Awards.

Films, Television Series and Autobiography

Kathy Griffin acted in several films as a supporting character. Her debut movie was Battle Beyond the Stars in 1980 in which she appeared as an extra Alien. He continued to act in numerous other films including Shakes the Clown, Pulp Fiction, The Barefoot Executive, The Cable Guy, Trojan War, The Muppets and Hall Pass.

She was also featured in numerous TV series like On the Television, Civil Wars, Dweebs, Ellen, Saturday Night Special, The Simpsons, Whose Line is it Anyway, Half & Half, Last Comic Standing and Big Brother 16.

Griffin authored an autobiography ‘Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin” which was published in 2009 which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller.

Throughout her career, Griffin has received numerous awards including The Trevor Project’s Trevor Life Award, the GLAAD Vanguard Award and the Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

In 2011, she was ranked #21 on the TV Guide Network special, Funniest Women on TV. She also received a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Spring Walk of Fame in 2009.

Kathy holds a Guinness World record for the highest number of televised stand-up specials by a comedian for any network.

President Trump Controversy

Kathy Griffin has been subject to minor controversies before she posted a video of herself holding a President Donald Trump look-alike bloody masked head in 2017. Although she took down the image later and publicly apologising for her action, Griffin lost her endorsement deals with Squatty Potty, and she was also fired by CNN from its New Year’s Eve broadcast with Anderson Cooper. All of her scheduled tours were also cancelled.

Kathy Griffin Net Worth

Kathy Griffin currently maintains a net worth of $20 million that comprise:

House Properties and Cars

Kathy Griffin resides in her mansion in Bel Air which she purchased for $10.85 million. The Mediterranean-style mansion is 13,377 sq ft and consists of nine bedrooms and twelve bathrooms. Kathy Griffin bought this mansion after selling her home in Hollywood Hills where she filmed “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” in 2005.

Kathy Griffin rides in her Quattroporte manufactured by Maserati.

Endorsements

After the Donald Trump controversy, Kathy lost her endorsement deals, and her programs got cancelled.

Squatty Potty which had signed a deal with Griffin recently cancelled the deal following the release of the controversial photo.

Kathy Griffin was also signed to perform in Route 66 casino hotel in Albuquerque. However, the program got soon cancelled by the entertainment and lodging unit.

Philanthropy

Kathy Griffin supports numerous charities and foundations including Aid for AIDS, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, MusiCares, Neurofibromatosis Inc, United Service Organization and Urban Zen Foundation.

Griffin had once shaved her head to support her sister’s battle with cancer.

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Kathy is also a vocal activist for LGBT rights. She has participated in different causes and also took part in 2 USO tours.

The actress who made her fortune from her numerous TV shows, films and Comedy Tours is on a hiatus from her career after her video controversy. Although all her shows were immediately cancelled, Kathy Griffin announced a worldwide comedy tour in August 2017, entitled “Laugh your Head off” referring to the said controversy. Several shows were sold out within minutes of going on sale, which has lead Griffin to add several shows to the lineup.

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