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Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathryn Lee Epstein
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TV host; singer; songwriter; actor
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Kathie Lee Gifford Fast Facts:
Represented Maryland in the 1970 Junior Miss Pageant, but was disqualified for befriending a member of the pageant's staff.
Worked as a nanny to Anita Bryant's children for a year.
Was hired to play Nurse Callahan on
Days of Our Lives
while visiting a friend on the set; the gig turned into a nine-month job.
Filled in on the
A.M. Los Angeles
radio show for a few days in 1981 after its host, Regis Philbin, left to pursue other opportunities.
Good Morning America
's executive producer happened to hear her, and sought her out to do occasional reporting and fill-in work for the morning show.
First met future husband Frank Gifford when they cohosted
together in the early 1980s, but it would be several years before they began dating.
Shares the same birthday as husband Frank.
Her other famous partner, Regis Philbin, pursued her as cohost for
The Morning Show
, a local WABC-TV talk program, after spotting her on
in 1985. Three years later it went national as
Live With Regis & Kathie Lee
. During its run, she was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys.
Campaigned to strengthen sweatshop laws after learning that her Wal-Mart clothing line was being manufactured by child laborers in Honduras.
Founded (with Frank) the Cody House and Cassidy's Place charitable foundations, which are run by the Association to Benefit Children.
Published an autobiography,
I Can't Believe I Said That!
, in 1992.
Has written several musicals, including
Under the Bridge
; and appeared on Broadway in
Putting It Together
Kathie Lee Gifford Relationships:
Frank Gifford - Husband
Cassidy Gifford - Daughter
Aaron Leon Epstein - Father
Cody Gifford - Son
Paul Johnson - Ex-husband
Joan Epstein - Mother
David Paul Epstein - Brother
Michele - Sister
Stan Pottinger - Ex-significant Other
Attended Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
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