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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Margaret Griffin  

Pen Name: Maggie Griffin

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Born in Chicago, Maggie moved to Oak Park to raise her family.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maggie Griffin grew up in Chicago, the youngest of sixteen children born to Irish immigrant parents. She met Johnny, the love of her life, in Chicago, started dating him after high school (while working at the Form Fit Bra factory in the returns department), and they fell in love and married during the War. Together they raised five children, the youngest Kathleen, who never gave them a moment's trouble throughout her childhood--though it's been payback time ever since.As Kathy's comedy career took off, more and more stories of Maggie magically worked their way into Kathy's routines. And as a regular on ''Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List'', Maggie takes more guff from her daughter than any other mom on national television, so Maggie decided to set the record straight.

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