Kathie Lee Gifford has a net worth of $60 million USD. She is an American TV personality, actress, singer, and writer. Despite her many talents, Kathie Lee Gifford is most recognized for her work as a talk show presenter. With hosting positions on NBC’s Today and Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, she has become one of the most known faces on television. Gifford has been nominated for several Emmys during her career, and she won her first in 2010. In 1986, she married Frank Gifford, an ex-NFL player.
|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Aug 16, 1953 (68 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.651 m)|
|Profession:||Talk show host, Presenter, Singer, Actor, Television producer, Songwriter|
Early Life Details:
Kathryn Lee Epstein was born in Paris, France, on August 16, 1953. Her father was a Navy Chief Petty Officer for the US Navy at the time. Kathie’s mom was also from the United States. Soon, Kathie and her family moved to Bowie, Maryland, where she went to high school.
Even though she grew up in a Jewish family, at age 12 she became a “born-again” Christian. Kathie Lee joined a folk group when she was in high school. She went to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to study music and drama.
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Kathie Lee became well-known in the 1970s as a singer on the game show Name that Tune. By 1978, she was getting parts on TV shows like “Hee Haw Honeys.”
When she replaced Anne Abernathy as co-host of The Morning Show on WABC-TV in 1985, Kathie Lee’s career really got going. In 1988, the show was renamed Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee and was broadcast all over the country. At this point, Kathie Lee had already married the famous Frank Gifford, and viewers were often treated to stories from her family home. Kathie Lee Gifford left Life! with Regis and Kathie Lee in 2000, after a long run that made her one of the best-known women in America.
In 2008, Kathie Lee Gifford started co-hosting the fourth hour of NBC’s Today show with Hoda Kotb. Kathie Lee Gifford helped Today’s ratings go up by 13% after just one year. She left the show in 2019, which was also the year she won an Emmy.
Kathie Lee Gifford has been in a number of movies and other TV shows besides talk shows. In 1994, she played herself on a Seinfeld episode. She did voice work on the animated TV show, Hercules, in 1998. She was the star of an Annie concert at Madison Square Garden in 2006. She has been in many other musical theater shows over the years. She and her daughter were both on The Suite Life on Deck in 2010. Kathie Lee Gifford also made a brief appearance in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
In 1976, Kathie Lee got married to Paul Johnson, who was a composer, arranger, producer, and publisher. They became famous for their Christian music, and the covers of Christian magazines showed them. But the marriage was hard from the beginning, and Johnson left in 1981. In 1982, they got a divorce.
Kathie Lee got married for the second time on October 18, 1986. This time, she married football player and TV sports commentator Frank Gifford. He had already been married to Maxine Avis Ewart and Astrid Lindley. This was his third marriage. He had three kids with Ewart.
Frank was 23 years older than Kathie Lee. They had two kids together, Cody Newton Gifford (born March 22, 1990) and Cassidy Erin Gifford (born August 2, 1993). They were both born on August 16. Frank died of natural causes at their home in Greenwich, Connecticut, on August 9, 2015. He was 84 years old. In 2017, she put out “He Saw Jesus,” a very personal song about her husband that she wrote with songwriter Brett James. All of the money from the song went to Samaritan’s Purse, an international evangelical Christian charity that helps people in need.