Kathie Lee Gifford: Birth, Education, Early life, Marriage, Relationship
Kathryn Lee Epstein celebrates her birthday on the 16th of August and was born in Paris, France in 1953 as the daughter of Joan and Aaron Epstein, who are both native to America.
Gifford spent her childhood growing up in Bowie, Maryland. For her early education, she was sent to study at Bowie High School. Like her mother, Gifford was a gifted singer from an early age and was the singer of Pennsylvania Next Right, a folk group, which she was in school.
In 1971, she graduated from school and went on to pursue higher education at Oral Roberts University at Tulsa, Oklahoma. As she was very enthusiastic about being a performer, she studied music and drama in college.
The lucky man to tie the marital knot with Kathie Lee was none other than Paul Johnson. The couple said their vows in the year in 1976 but sadly, their marriage lasted only until 1982. Later, Frank Gifford asked for her hand and she married him on the 18th of October in 1986. Frank was a renowned football player and a skilled commentator.
The couple was blessed with two beautiful children - Cody Newton Gifford and Cassidy Erin Gifford. Unfortunately, Frank isn’t with us anymore. Because of natural causes, he died on the 9th of August, 2015.
Kathie Lee Gifford: Professional Life, Education
Gifford officially began her professional career when she was hired on the show “Name that Tune” as the show’s singer. In addition to this, she also began working as a sidekick for Tom Kennedy. She worked as the vocalist on the show for around 4 years (1974-1978). After that, Gifford joined the show “Hee Haw spinoff.”
Progressing further in her career, she started making appearances on television for Carnival Cruise Lines’ advertisements and commercials in 1984. A year later, Gifford joined WABC-TV and was assigned to the show The Morning Show as the show’s co-host alongside Regis Philbin. She showed her dedication and loyalty by consistently performing and remaining on the show for one and a half decade (1985-2000).
After distinguishing herself as a talented and confident television presenter, she was invited on many popular shows as a guest from 2000. Along with this, she also began writing and contributing to different musical theatres.
Gifford has also appeared on many movies and television series after she left The Morning Show. In 2005, she was hired by The Insider as their correspondent and worked there until 2008. She often appears on the popular NBC show Today.
Kathie Lee Gifford: Social Media, Facebook, Twitter
Kathie Lee Gifford has made quite a massive reputation for herself from her largely successful professional life. With the help of her fans and followers all around the globe, she has built a huge social profile on the internet on popular social networking sites.
She is available on Twitter at @KathieLGifford and has 1.41 million followers currently. After joining the site on the October of 2009, Gifford has tweeted around 20.7 thousand times since then. She also possesses a Facebook account which has accumulated 432.5 thousand likes and 427 thousand followers.
Kathie Lee Gifford: Net worth, Salary
Gifford is a world-renowned personality, but fame and recognition is not the only thing that she has received from her years of service to television. Along with her popularity, bank balance has skyrocketed as well.
She currently holds a total net worth of approximately around $20 million. This self-made multimillionaire is truly an inspiring role model.