Kathie Lee Gifford

Talk show host, Singer, Actor
Loved and pilloried with equal fervor by the general public and the media throughout the many phases of her career, Kathie Lee Gifford was a singer and nightclub entertainer who rose to prominence in the late 1980s as ... Read more »
Born: 08/16/1953 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (111)

A Toast to 2015! 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Caged No More 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Toast to 2014! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Caroline in the City 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1994 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Donny! 2015 (Tv Show)

Herself

Evening Shade 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1998 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Second Noah 1996 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Soul Man 1996 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Search 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mysteries of Laura 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Today 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 2003, 2005 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Whose Line Is It Anyway? 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dateline NBC 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Adventures of Serial Buddies 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

After Lately 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smash 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Live! with Kelly 1988 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Holiday Homes 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Suite Life on Deck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

omg! Insider 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

That's So Raven 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frank Gifford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifetime Presents: Disney's American Teacher Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Personal Assistant 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Famous Jett Jackson 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Deborah Norville 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Host

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Model Behavior 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard Simmons: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Moments on TV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 31st Annual Dove Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Host

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Dudley Do-Right 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Dr. Laura Schlessinger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Kathie Lee: Christmas Every Day 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Regis Philbin: Made For TV 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amanda Show 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Style & Substance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Tom Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's 101 Dalmatians... A Canine's Tale 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee: Just in Time For Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Plugged In: A Parents' Guide to TV 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sandi Patty: O Holy Night! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funniest of the World's Funniest Outtakes 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 Miss America Pageant 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Glenn Miller's Greatest Hits II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee: Home for Christmas 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Babies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Beauty Pageants: Bright Lights, Big Business 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Glenn Miller's Greatest Hits 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday at Pops 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Kathie Lee... Looking For Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Madman of the People 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miss America Pageant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Variety Children's Charity Telethon 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Phyllis George Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Miss America Pageant 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Your Life 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Scott Ross Street Talk (03/14/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 Miss America Pageant 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/24/92) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Summer Stories: The Mall 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1991 Miss America Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Tube Test Two 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 4th of July Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1988 Winter Olympic Games 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Calgary '88: The Olympic Adventure Begins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1987 Miss America Pageant 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Spinning Out of Control (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Loved and pilloried with equal fervor by the general public and the media throughout the many phases of her career, Kathie Lee Gifford was a singer and nightclub entertainer who rose to prominence in the late 1980s as the co-host of "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (WABC/syndicated, 1983- ). Her upbeat personality and frequent references to her husband, NFL star-turned-broadcaster Frank Gifford, and their two children, Cassidy and Cody, earned her the admiration of countless daytime television viewers - but more than a few brickbats from pundits and comics who found her stories and attitude unbearably saccharine and self-indulgent. The bubble burst on Gifford's rise to icon status with back-to-back allegations about sweatshop labor being used to create her clothing line, and her husband's affair with an airline stewardess. She beat a hasty retreat from the daily airwaves, but through it all, maintained a sunny presence on television series and live performances before returning to regular hosting duties on "The Today Show" (NBC, 1952- ) in 2008.

Relationships

Aaron Epstein

Father
Was serving in the United States Navy in Paris, France where Kathie was born

Joan Epstein

Mother
Daughter of British-born parents became Born-Again Christian in 1962

David Epstein

Brother
Older is an evangelical Baptist preacher and pastor of Calvary Baptist Church on West 57th Street in Manhattan, NY

Frank Gifford Actor

Wife
Married Oct. 18, 1986

Cassidy Gifford

Daughter
Born August 2, 1993 father, Frank Gifford

Cody Gifford

Son
Born March 22, 1990 father, Frank Gifford

Paul Johnson

Husband
Met in Bible class Married 1976 Divorced 1983

Michie Mader

Sister
Born c. 1955 became a Born-Again Christian with her mother in 1962

EDUCATION

Bowie High School

Bowie , Maryland

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa , Oklahoma
Attended on music scholarship arranged by Anita Bryant

Oral Roberts University

Tulsa , Oklahoma
Attended on music scholarship arranged by Anita Bryant

Milestones

2008

Join NBC's "Today" for the program's fourth hour (10 a.m.) teaming with Hoda Kotb

2005

Wrote the book and lyrics for the musical "Saving Aimee" about the life and times of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson; premiered at the White Plains Performing Arts Center

2005

Joined the syndicated entertainment magazine television show "The Insider" as a special correspondent

2001

Had leading role of a drug and alcohol addicted TV star in the E! movie "Spinning Out of Control"

2001

Hosted the annual telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards

2000

Acted in the ABC movie "Model Behavior"

2000

Announced (February 29) she would be leaving "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee" in July

1999

Broadway debut as Carol Burnett's replacement in the revue "Putting It Together"

1996

Made dramatic guest appearance on the CBS series "Touched By an Angel"

1995

Introduced the Kathie Lee Gifford collection clothing line in Wal-Mart stores

1993

First primetime network special, "Kathie Lee Gifford's Celebration of Motherhood"

1988

Co-hosted the nationally syndicated "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee"

1985

Joined Regis Philbin as co-host of the "The Morning Show" (NYC only)

1984

Became commercial spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Lines

1982

Met future husband Frank Gifford when they co-hosted the Thanksgiving broadcast of "Good Morning America" (ABC)

1982

Became correspondent for "Good Morning America" (ABC); also substituted for Joan Lunden as host

1978

Appeared regularly on the syndicated variety series, "Hee Haw Honeys"

1977

As Kathie Lee Johnson, became featured singer on the syndicated game show "Name That Tune"

1976

Feature acting debut alongside sister Michie in the religious-themed "Jana"

1976

Had brief stint as a nurse on the NBC soap opera "Days of Out Lives"

1970

Moved to Florida and worked for singer Anita Bryant for one-year as a live-in secretary/babysitter

1969

Won Maryland's Junior Miss Contest

1969

Competed in America's Junior Miss Pageant; disqualified for talking to a male but not before winning Kraft Hostess Award; made first TV commercial for Kraft products

1964

Became a Born-Again Christian

In the late 1960s, performed with sister in the folk group Pennsylvania Next Right

Guest hosted "A.M. Los Angeles"

After college moved to Los Angeles

While in college, toured with gospel group World Action Singers

Worked in Las Vegas briefly as a singer

Family lived in France and Germany before settling in Maryland

Bonus Trivia

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Gifford's paternal grandfather was Jewish, thus her birth name, Epstein. She often jokes about being an undergraduate at the Christian Oral Roberts University with that surname. Although raised a Christian and ultimately describing herself as 'Born-Again,' Gifford has also been quoted as referring to herself as a 'completed Jew,' the phrase usually reserved for those raised in Jewish homes who decide to embrace 'Yeshua' as their messiah yet retain their Jewish heritage and identity.

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In 1996, the National Labor Committee, a human rights group, reported that sweatshop labor was used to make clothes for the Kathie Lee line, sold at Wal-Mart. Labor activist Charles Kernaghan spoke to the media and accused Gifford of being responsible for the sweat shop management activity. Gifford addressed Kernaghan's allegations on the air during "Live" (ABC), explaining that she was not involved with hands-on project management in factories. Gifford subsequently contacted Federal authorities to investigate the issue, and worked with U.S. Federal legislative and executive branch agencies to support and enact new U.S. laws to protect children against sweat shop conditions.

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In 1997, it was reported by the tabloid The Globe that Frank, Kathie's husband, had engaged in an adulterous affair with Trans World Airlines flight attendant Suzen Johnson. After initially denying the allegation, Frank admitted the transgression after it was revealed the entire episode was caught on videotape. ESPN later reported that Johnson was paid $75,000 by The Globe.

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