No wonder our favorite D-list celebrity, Kathy Griffin, loves to follow celebrities – she gets it from her mom!
After catching up with Kathy and Maggie Griffin (who stars alongside her daughter on Bravo’s My Life on the D-List) signing their memoirs at Barnes & Noble in Los Angeles, we couldn’t wait to get home and read Tip It! The World According to Maggie.
While Kathy Griffin’s memoir, Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, was funny, her mom Maggie’s book is even funnier.
Kathy’s memoir was a mix of dark and light. Maggie’s is pure light, with some touching moments thrown in (and of course, Kathy can’t keep her mouth shut with her trademark snarky commentary running throughout the book).
The chapter titled “I’ve Met Celebrities!” was our favorite. When Maggie and her husband John moved to Los Angeles with Kathy, she writes that they loved to find out where celebrities would be appearing and go find them (sometimes even crashing celebrity events!). Too bad our books, Secrets to Contacting Celebrities and The Celebrity Black Book weren’t available then!
It’s a hilarious memoir by a “normal mom” from Forest Park, Illinois who’s daughter, Kathy Griffin, has become one of the biggest (and most controversial) stars in comedy today. To Maggie Griffin, we say Tip It!
“Although Kathy would like everyone to think we were stalkers, we weren’t. We just liked to go places where celebrities were, and when we moved to Los Angeles, there were so many places like that!
For one thing, if you drive around, you just might see the big trucks that indicate filming is going on. Johnny and I might be headed somewhere in our car and notice the trucks, so we’d pullover and get out and try to see what was being filmed.
One time it was an Andy Garcia and Richard Gere movie, and there were just using somebody’s real house to film. We hung around waiting for something to happen, and then suddenly the production called it quits for a while, and before you knew it they were standing around a few feet from us!
A great place to see stars is the Beverly Hilton hotel, because a lot of the big events and award shows happen there, like the Golden Globes and the AFI Life Achievement Awards. Johnny and I loved to go there and hang around the lobby, maybe get a drink in their nice bar, and wait until we could see somebody. Since they had to come out to go to the bathroom, we’d often catch a glance of them that way. It’s a nice way to see celebrities because they’re all dressed up, looking their best. I saw Princess Grace once, and I nearly fainted.
One night we were there – I forget the occasion – but there was a break between the dinner part and the ceremonies part, so Johnny, Kathy, and I decided to step out for some fresh air. It was a really beautiful summer night, I recall. Well, who should be stepping out for a stroll, too, but Gene Kelly and his wife! They must have wanted a cigarette break, because they were walking and smoking. We didn’t have a camera with us, but Kathy did, so she went up to the great musical star and said, “Mr. Kelly, can I take a picture of you?”
He said, “You can take it, but we’re not gonna stop walking.” I thought that was fine. Not snotty at all. Kind of like a compromise. He wasn’t going to stop us from taking the picture we wanted, but he wasn’t going to take any extra measure to make it easy for us because he wanted a nice walk with his wife. Kathy had to walk backwards to get it, but she did. I wish I knew where that photo was now.
Once Kathy became successful, I got to meet all kinds of celebrities through her, and that’s just been wonderful. She would take Johnny and me to film sets, TV shoots, award shows, and the like. It was really fun for us, and it continues to be fun for me. Who would have thought all those years ago, watching stars like Milton Berle, Dick Cavett, Liza Minnelli, and Carol Burnett, that years later chatty Kathy from Forest Park, Illinois, would be performing with them!”