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Kathie Lee Gifford Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 August 1953Paris, France
Birth NameKathryn Lee Epstein
Nickname Kathie Me
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kathie Lee Gifford was born on August 16, 1953 in Paris, France as Kathryn Lee Epstein. She is an actress, known for Today (1952), Kathie Lee's Rock n' Tots Cafe: A Christmas 'Giff' (1995) and Kathie Lee Gifford... Looking for Christmas (1994). She has been married to Frank Gifford since October 18, 1986. They have two children. She was previously married to Paul Johnson.

Spouse (2)

Frank Gifford (18 October 1986 - present) (2 children)
Paul Johnson (23 April 1976 - 26 May 1983) (divorced)

Trivia (31)

Studied drama and music at Oral Roberts University.
Was accused of running Honduras sweatshops in 1996, related to her clothing line.
Threatened to sue the National Enquirer for articles printed about her children. [March 2000]
She was born the same year as Frank Gifford's oldest son, Jeff Gifford.
Named Maryland Junior Miss at age 17.
Has homes in Greenwich, CT; Key Largo, FL; Nantucket, MA; and a ski condo in Colorado.
Was a high school cheerleader.
Born at 11:30pm-CET
Mother, with Frank Gifford, of two children: son Cody Gifford (b. 1990) and daughter Cassidy Gifford (b. 1993).
Attended high school in Bowie, MD.
Tried out for the part of Tiffany Welles on Charlie's Angels (1976) and was told she wasn't pretty enough. Shelley Hack got the part and was later replaced because she wasn't a good enough actress.
Dropped out of Oral Roberts University during her junior year with no plans to finish.
Named her dog, Regis, after her famous former co-star, Regis Philbin.
Has released several Christian music albums over the years. 2000's The Heart of a Woman was her first pop release.
Releases her albums on her own label, Lamb Records. Her two most recent albums are Goodnight, Angel and Party Animals.
Her brother is Rev. David Paul Epstein, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan (catty-corner from Carnegie Hall).
Mrs. Gifford's father, Aaron Leon Epstein, died on November 19, 2002. He had been terminally ill for the past few years, and his illness was one of the reasons Mrs. Gifford decided to leave Live with Kelly and Michael (1988) in 2000, after more than a decade as host.
Mrs. Gifford's dog Chardonnay, a white poodle given to her by husband Frank in 1988, was found dead from a coyote attack on January 28, 2003.
Worked for a time as Anita Bryant's assistant.
She was the main topic of a Season 1 South Park (1997) episode, South Park: Weight Gain 4000 (1997).
Has a Maltese Pomerantz named Bambino Vino Gifford.
Godmother of Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.
Longtime friends of Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner.
Stepmother of Jeff Gifford and Vicky Gifford Kennedy.
Release of her book, "Listen to My Heart: Thoughts and Meditations on Being a Mother, and Conversations with My Son".
Release of the book, "Regis and Kathie Lee: Their Lives Together and Apart" by Norman King.
"Under the Bridge", her musical theater adaptation of the Natalie Savage Carlson's book, "The Family Under the Bridge", opens at the Zipper Theater on W37th Street in New York. [January 2005]
Release of her book, "Just When I Thought I'd Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities". [April 2009]
Release of her cookbook, "Cooking with Regis & Kathie Lee" by Kathie Lee with Regis Philbin and 'Barbara Albright'.
Release of her book, "I Can't Believe I Said That!: An Autobiography" by Kathie Lee with Jim Jerome.
Release of her cookbook, "Cooking with Regis & Kathie Lee" by Kathie Lee with Regis Philbin and 'Barbara Albright'.

Personal Quotes (5)

Yes, Frank hurt me deeply, but my kids have a wonderful father and they deserve a family. about her husband Frank Gifford's extramarital affair.
"I've changed it 50 times. You show me a woman who hasn't, except for Janet Reno" - about coloring her hair.
Ridiculous! It's extremely cold in our studio, so you could be wearing a steel harness and you'd still have a little action, if you know what I mean. I do not like industrial-strength push-up bras. I wear very flimsy things. Besides, what 46-year old woman who's nursed two kids goes braless? - about rumors that she goes on the air braless
I change my hairstyle every day for the show, I'm fastidious and vain about my nails and teeth and grooming and makeup, but a perfect body, forget it. Dust to dust, wuggies to wuggies.
Mrs. Gifford on what she does first thing in the morning: "Brush my teeth and say good morning to the picture of my Daddy sitting next to my sink."

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