A French-born American television presenter, singer, songwriter, actress, and author, Kathie Lee Gifford became popular after appearing as the host of the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee. She has also worked on the fourth hour of NBC’s Today show, Hoda Kotb from 2008 to 2019.
When she worked as part of the Today team, she received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in 2010. She played the role of singer/sidekick on the show, Name That Tunes from the 1977–1978 season.
Early Life of Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford was born Kathryn Lee Epstein on August 16, 1953, in Paris, France. She is 69 years old as of 2023. Her sun sign is Leo. Kathie celebrates her birthday on the 16th of August every year. She is the daughter of Joan Cuttell (mother) and Aaron Epstein (father). Her father worked as a musician and former US Navy Chief Petty Officer. He died on November 19, 2002.
Her mother was a singer who died on September 12, 2017. The name of her siblings is David Paul Epstein and Michie Mader. Lee’s paternal grandparents are Meyer S. Epstein and Evelyn Marie Rogers while Alfred Thomas Cuttell and Florence/Flora M. Edlich are his maternal grandparents.
She holds dual citizenship in France and America and follows Jewish as a religion. She belongs to Ashkenazi Jewish, German, English, and French ethnic backgrounds. Kathie graduated from Bowie High School in 1971. Then, she joined Oral Roberts University and studied drama and music.
Kathie Lee Gifford’s Boyfriend
She is in a relationship with Richard Spitz. Richard is a businessman and the director of Strong Force Innovation Portfolios by profession. They have been dating each other for several months and their relationship was announced by The U.S. Sun on February 21, 2023.
Kathie Lee Gifford’s Marriages & Relationships
Previously, she was married two times. Her first husband is a composer, Paul Johnson. They met at Oral Roberts University in 1973. Kathie and Paul stayed as a virgin even though they married in 1976. Kathie used to sleep in the guest room and even counseled to protect their marriage. So, she gave up on him as Paul was very much into his passion than her, and officially separated in 1983.
Her second husband was an American football player, Frank Gifford. They met in the hallways of Good Morning America at 4 o’clock in the morning. They married in 198 but Frank cheated with another woman at a hotel in 1997. Due to this, they had counseling for their marriage and continued staying as a married couple until the death of Frank in 2015.
She also dated an insurance agent, Randy Cronk. Their relationship came out when they were spotted smooching and grinding on each other at an outdoor concert on June 15, 2019. They have also appeared dancing with a high spirit at Journey tribute band in Franklin, Tennessee.
In 2000, she dated a Canadian Ice Hockey player, Anson Carter. From 1984 to 1985, she was in a relationship with Carl Weathers, an actor.
Kathie Lee Gifford Suffered a miscarriage
She is a mother of two children. She and Frank gave birth to Cassidy Erin Gifford on 2nd August 1993 and Cody Gifford on 22nd March 1990. Cassidy is a model while Cody is a film producer. She is the grandmother of Frankie Stein and Finn Stein.
In 1992, she had a miscarriage when she was in her 20th week of pregnancy which she announced via live television on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.
Kathie Lee Gifford’s Net Worth
As of 2023, Kathie has an estimated net worth of around $60 million which she earned through her professional career. Her average annual salary is $5 million.
She bought a mansion that covers an area of 11,419-square-foot property in 1998. They paid $3.9 million for the house and she started living in her massive, $22 million mansion in Connecticut following the passing of her ex-husband.
Kathie Lee Gifford was Sexually Harassed
Kathie was harassed by different producers when she just began her acting career. She was only 21 years old when one of the producers tried to rape her by calling her into her house. Luckily she wasn’t raped by him but he harassed her which she shared while appearing on the Today Show.
Her Feud with Tina Fey
Her feud with Tina Fey started when Kathie said that all of the members of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been on the show, Today except Tina. So, Tina proved with receipts and said that she has sat with her and talked but Kathie couldn’t accept the fact which led to a feud between them.
Professional Career of Kathie Lee Gifford
- Kathie made her music debut as a vocalist on the game show, Name That Tunes with Tom Kennedy in 1970.
- Then, she played in the Hee Haw spinoff, Hee Haw Honeys in 1978.
- She appeared on WABC-TV as co-host of The Morning Show with Regis Philbin on June 24, 1985.
- Kathie joined the fourth hour titled Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on March 31, 2008.
- She played in the movie, The Suite Life on Deck on March 27, 2010.
- She played in the movie, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! in 2015.
- In 1976, she wrote a book, The Quiet Riot.
- Besides, she also works for Childhelp as an ambassador. She even supported and made a shelter for those children who were born with HIV in New York City.
Movies & TV Shows
She played in movies like The First Wives Club, Hercules: Zero to Hero, Adventures of Serial Buddies, Jennifer Lopez: Halftime, Then Came You. She appeared in tv shows like Days of Our Lives, All My Children, Late Show with David Letterman, Evening Shade, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and many more.
She is the author of books like The Quiet Riot, I Can’t Believe I Said That!: An Autobiography by Kathie Lee Gifford, Listen to My Heart: Lessons in Love, Laughter, and Lunacy, The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life.
Songs & Albums
She released songs like It’s Christmas Time, Christmas Carols, Kathie Lee’s Rock ‘N’ Tots Cafe: A Christmas “Giff, Heart of a Woman. Some of her hit albums are The Way, Then Came You, Heart of a Woman, Born for You, Gentle Grace, Sentimental, My Way Home, It’s Christmastime.
Awards & Nominations
- She received the Daytime Emmy Award in the nomination of Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for, Kathie Lee & Hoda in 2019.
- In 2023, she won International Christian Film Festival in the criteria of Best Musical Score for The Way.
- She was also nominated for Outstanding Morning Program, Today in 2011 and 2012.
- Her appearance in the show, Live with Kelly and Mark made her receive the nomination for Daytime Emmy in 2000.
FAQs of Kathie Lee Gifford
What is Kathie Lee Gifford’s Height?
Kathie is 5 feet 3 inches tall and has a body weight of 55 kg. Her total body measurement is 34-28-35 inches. She has an alluring pair of dark brown eyes and beautiful long blonde hair.
Did Kathie Lee Gifford face a lawsuit?
Yes, she faced a lawsuit. Kathie received a lawsuit for more than $1 million for playing the music in one of the segments of the show, The Today Show.
Was Kathie Lee Gifford involved in a sweatshop scandal?
Yes, Kathie was involved in a sweatshop scandal. She and Frank even tried to pay $300 each to dozen of workers who were being cheated for rush orders.
Is Kathie Lee Gifford related to Jeffrey Epstein?
No, Kathie is not related to Jeffery. They only share the same surname and aren’t connected to each other.
Why did Kathie Lee Gifford leave Live With Regis and Kathie Lee?
Gifford left Live With Regis and Kathie Lee because she wanted to focus on her acting and singing career. She left the show officially on July 28, 2000.