Kathy Griffin, Pro Bono Divorce Attorney
Posted by Neal on June 17, 2008
In last week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, I read an article about one Kathy Griffin, who had a supporting role on a sitcom that I never watched, and who now has a reality show called My Life on the D-List. Near the end of the article, I read:
Whether you love or loathe Griffin’s obnoxious, self-absorbed persona, it’s hard not to appreciate the amount of work she puts into [her show]. Over the last two seasons, she came under mortar fire during a morale-boosting visit with soldiers in Iraq, met with women on death row, finalized a painful divorce, …
I thought, “Wow! She’s an attorney, too?” I wondered whose divorce she had finalized. Heck, if she was qualified to finalize divorces, painful or amicable (or both), why wasn’t she doing that full-time and making probably more money she would with a reality show and concert performances?
Then I came to the end of the sentence:
… and traveled to Ireland to spread the ashes of her father, who died in 2007. (Nicholas Fonseca, “The Most Polarizing Woman in Hollywood,” Entertainment Weekly, Jun 13, 2008, p. 38 )
That last verb phrase was what brought me around to realize that the painful divorce she finalized must have been her own. Since that makes more sense anyway, what was it that led me to the Kathy-Griffin-moonlighting-as-a-divorce-lawyer scenario? Reviewing the first two VPs in the list, I see that I was primed to expect selfless humanitarian deeds: boosting soldiers’ morale … visiting death-row prisoners … offering pro bono legal assistance to help battered women escape abusive marriages. But spreading the ashes of one’s father is definitely a personal rather than a charitable undertaking, and when I came to it, I was forced to recategorize the list, from noble acts to emotionally demanding acts in general.