Kathie Lee Gifford was born as Kathryn Lee Epstein in 1953. She is American actress, comedian, songwriter, singer and television host. She is best known for being a host for a talk show called Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years. She was a co-host with Regis Philbin. She got 11 Daytime Emmy Nominations and she won the first Emmy in the year 2010 for the role she has in the Today Team. Kathie’s first television role was when she played sidekick and singer for the Tom Kenney syndicated version called Name That Tune since 1974 until 1978. She appeared on the television advertisement for the Carnival Cruise Lines that started in the year 1984. In 2008, she co-hosted Fourth Hour of Today together with Hoda Kotb. She made appearance at the first three hours for Today and she is also a correspondent for NBC News.
Kathie Lee Gifford was born in France but her parents were American. Her father is Aaron Epstein and her mother Joan. The father was an ex US Navy Chief Petty Officer who became a musician. Aaron Epstein had been stationed together with the family in France during the birth of Kathy. She grew up in Maryland and went to Bowie High school. When she was doing her high school, she was singing in a folk group called Pennsylvania Next Right. It was performing frequently at the high school assemblies. When she graduated, she went to Oral Roberts University for Oklahoma where she did music and drama.
Kathie Lee Gifford’s paternal grandfather was a Russian Jewish who grew at Saint Petersburg. Her paternal grandmother is a native American. Her mother has relationship to Rudyard Kipling and has German, English and French Canadian descent. When she watched the film called The Restless Ones produced by Billy Graham when she was 12 years old, she decided to be a born again Christian. During the interview with Larry King, she said that she was raised as a Jewish with Jewish traditions and she is grateful for the Jewish heritage.
Kathie Lee Gifford worked as a baby sitter and a secretary of Anita Bryant in early 1970s. It was during the first marriage when she was married to producer, arranger and composer called Paul Johnson when she started to sing for a game show called Name That Tune together with Tom Kennedy. She was a cast of Hee Haw Honeys, a short lived spinoff of Hee Haw.
When Kathy divorced Johnson, she met the sports commentator for Frank Gifford in an episode of Good Morning America of ABC. They got married in the year 1986 and at that time, she had worked for some months as a talk show personality full time. She was given the place of Ann Abernathy who was a co-host for The Morning Show of WABC-TV together with Regis Philbin. The program became a national broadcast under the name of Live ! With Regis and Kathie Lee. She was once accused of using sweatshop labor in her factories but she denied it saying that she does not get involved in running the factories and helped to stop the practice.
|16 Aug, 1953
|United States of America
|Oral Roberts University
|American actress and talk show host
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