Kathleen Mary "Kathy" Griffin
is an American actress and comedian who is best known for her role as Vicki Groener on the NBC
sitcom Suddenly Susan
and for appearing on the Bravo
reality series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
. Born in Oak Park, Illinois
, she moved to Los Angeles
, where she studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and became a member of improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings
Her Disney roles include Mary in the 1995 remake of The Barefoot Executive and the 1997 Wonderful World of Disney episode "The New Barefoot Executive", a fashion TV anchor in Ugly Betty, herself in the 1994 Touchstone Pictures film It's Pat and Roxanne Gaines in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. She also confirmed on Twitter that she filmed a cameo for The Muppets, alongside Ricky Gervais and Billy Crystal, but her scenes were cut from the final film, alongside Gervais's and Crystal's appearances.
Kathy Griffin speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in February 2016.