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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Laredo Tribune.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Kathy Griffin

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Famous For:
Suddenly Susan, My Life on the D-List
Networth:
$30 Million
Currently Known For:
Comedian
Famous Years:
1985 - Present
Birthdate:
November 4, 1960
Kathy Griffin


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  Famous For:
Suddenly Susan, My Life on the D-List

  Networth:
$30 Million

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“I say things I regret constantly, and I just can't help it.” Describing herself as “a kid who needed to talk, all the time,” Kathy Griffin loved being the center of attention as a child especially when it came to entertaining her family, friends and neighbors with tall tales and jokes. By the time she was in her teens, she envisioned taking the stage and set out to convince her parents that college wasn’t in her future. Luckily, she was so convincing that her parents sold their home in Oak Park, Illinois and moved to Los Angeles to help their youngest of five children become a star.Advertisements:


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Once in Los Angeles, Griffin studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before making the shift from acting to comedy when she discovered and joined the improv comedy troupe, The Groundlings. By the 1990s, she was slowly making a name for herself thanks to her own stand-up comedy routine that gained her enough recognition that she landed a handful of television appearances in addition to a supporting role on NBC’s hit sitcom, Suddenly Susan, from 1996 to 2000.

Nationally recognized for her style of comedy and iconic voice, Griffin continued to make the rounds in television before landing her first reality show, Kathy’s So-Called Reality, in 2001 only to follow it up with the Emmy Award-winning Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List from 2005 to 2010. She’s also released six Grammy Award-nominated comedy albums and a New York Times best-selling autobiography but is the first to admit that, despite not reaching the height of superstardom she imagined for herself as a teen, she’s managed to stay relevant for over two decades.

Things haven’t always been easy for Griffin who has spent most of her life struggling to find confidence in her talent and embrace her self-image. Having developed a binge eating disorder as a teen after her older siblings moved out, Griffin attributed her early struggles in comedy to her weight and immediately went on a crash diet. Although she lost a significant amount of weight, the comedienne was still self-conscious about her nose after someone told the 26-year-old, “You would be pretty if it weren’t for that nose. You’d work more, if it weren’t for that nose. Hey, have you considered getting a nose job?”

Eventually opting for a rhinoplasty in the late 1980s, Griffin admits, “I was young and impressionable and I was told that enough that I started to believe it…What I can’t figure out is why I wasted time worrying about my looks. I am a comedian. I’m not on the runway in Milan.” But, hindsight is twenty-twenty and after losing 15 pounds on Suddenly Susan by starving herself and excessively working out, Griffin still wasn’t happy with her looks and opted for a liposuction procedure that almost killed her.

“I got toxicity and had to go to the emergency room and wear a catheter for a week,” Griffin recalled. “It was life threatening and the results were nonexistent.” The 56-year-old Griffin now speaks out against liposuction and the associated risks saying that exercise and a healthy diet are much more effective than going under the knife. “In fact, I started running after that and got much better results,” she said.

The first to admit that plastic surgery has helped dozens of her former costars and fellow celebrities get ahead in Hollywood, Griffin learned the hard way that jumping on the operating table wasn’t a guaranteed way to boost her self-confidence. “I’ve had a facelift, eye job and all that stuff. It didn’t help me one bit,” she said. “It didn’t make me happier or make me look particularly younger.” Instead, it only sealed her argument that plastic surgery is a necessity in her line of work. “I work in an industry where if you don’t get a little nip and tuck, a lady of my age is going to end up playing Katie Holmes’ great grandmother in the Dawson’s Creek reunion. I’m never going to be Halle Berry, but I want to look as good as I can.”

Today, the 56-year-old is incredibly open about her cosmetic surgeries and says she’s had a series of other minor procedures including hair straightening and dental veneers as well as a brow lift and facial peel to smooth out the wrinkles on her face. With her yearbook photos from high school recently making the rounds on the internet (where Griffin is unrecognizable) as well as her parents begging her to stop changing her look, many wonder if the Suddenly Susan star has finally taken the hint. “Unless I grow a new head, I’ve run out of things to do,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll do stuff for the rest of my life, but I’m done for a while.” Looks like the Grammy Award-winner may not be through in the operating room after all.

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