Kathie Lee Gifford Bio | Wiki
Kathie Lee Gifford is a French-born American television presenter, singer, songwriter, occasional actress, and author. She is best known for her 15-year run from 1985–2000 on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she previously co-hosted with Regis Philbin.
Moreover, Gifford is also known for her 11-year run with Hoda Kotb, on the fourth hour of NBC’s Today show from 2008–2019. Additionally, she has earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010 as part of the Today team.
Gifford’s first TV role had been as Tom Kennedy’s singer/sidekick on the syndicated version of Name That Tune only in the 1977–1978 season. Occasionally, she also appeared on the first three hours of Today and was a contributing NBC News correspondent.
Kathie Lee Gifford Age
Gifford was born on August 16, 1953, in Paris, France. She is 69 years old.
Kathie Lee Gifford Height
She is a woman of average stature and stands at a height of 5 ft 5 in (Approx. 1.65 m).
Kathie Lee Gifford Family
She was born Kathryn Lee Epstein in Paris, to American parents, Joan a singer, and Aaron Epstein, a musician, and former US Navy Chief Petty Officer. Gifford’s father was stationed with his family in France at the time of her birth. grew up in Bowie, Maryland, United States. She has two siblings David Paul Epstein and Michie Mader.
Her paternal grandfather was a Russian Jew while her paternal grandmother had Native American ancestry. Gifford’s mother is a relative of writer Rudyard Kipling and was of French Canadian, German and English descent.
Kathie Lee Gifford Husband
Gifford has been married twice in her life. She was first married to Paul Johnson, a composer, producer, and publisher in 1976. However, the marriage was strenuous from the start and they divorced in 1982. Later, Gifford married Frank Gifford, an American football player and television sports commentator on October 18, 1986.
Together, Gifford and Frank had two children, Cody Newton Gifford and Cassidy Erin Gifford, an actress and model. Sadly, Frank died on August 9, 2015, from natural causes at their Greenwich, Connecticut, home at the age of 84.
Kathie Lee Gifford Education
She attended Bowie High School where she was a singer in a folk group, “Pennsylvania Next Right”, which performed frequently at school assemblies. After graduation in 1971, Gifford enrolled at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, studying drama and music.
Kathie Lee Gifford Movie
Gifford decided to leave Today in order to pursue a movie career as an actress, director, and producer. In 2018, she filmed Then Came You in which she co-stars alongside Craig Ferguson. The same year, she filmed a Hallmark Christmas movie for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries called A Godwink Christmas.
Additionally, Gifford intends to make movies about the experiences of losing a loved one and being a widow, which she considers an underrepresented topic in Hollywood. She has several projects in the works including sequels to Then Came You. On April 28, 2021, Gifford received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the television industry. Her star is located at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard.
Kathie Lee Gifford Daughter Wedding
Gifford’s daughter Cassidy Gifford married longtime love and fiancé Ben Wierda. The wedding was held in an intimate backyard ceremony in Michigan in June 2020, just months into the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kathie Lee Gifford Book
In addition to her career, Gifford has written a number of children’s books and two autobiographical books:
Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities (2010) The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi (2018)
Kathie Lee Gifford Net Worth
She earns her wealth as a television presenter, singer, songwriter, occasional actress, and author. Therefore, she has amassed a fortune over the years. Gifford’s estimated net worth is $60 million.
Who Is Kathie Gifford Husband
Gifford married Frank Gifford, an American football player and television sports commentator on October 18, 1986. Together, they had two children, Cody Newton Gifford and Cassidy Erin Gifford, an actress and model. Sadly, Frank died on August 9, 2015, from natural causes at their Greenwich, Connecticut, home at the age of 84.