Kathie Lee Gifford is an American TV host, songwriter, singer, actress, and comedian. She is popular as the co-host of the talk show “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” played on WABC-TV.
She was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy awards and won her first one in 2010 as a team member of the Today show.
Birth Facts, Family and Childhood
Kathie Lee Gifford was born in Paris, France on August 16, 1953. Her nationality is French-American and ethnicity is mixed(Russian Jewish, English, German, French). Her birth name is Kathryn Lee Epstein.
She was born to Aaron Epstein a former US Navy Chief Petty Officer and musician and singer Joan Epstein.At the time of Kathie’s birth, her father was stationed in France. After returning to the US, the family settled in Bowie, Maryland.Gifford had a Jewish upbringing.
But at the age of 12, she converted to born-again Christian after watching the movie “The Restless Ones” produced by Billy Graham.
Gifford went to Bowie High School where she performed as a singer in a folk group called Pennsylvania Next Right. She then studied music and drama at Oral Roberts University located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Professional Life and Career
In early 70s Kathie worked a summer as Anita Bryant’s live-in babysittersinger on the game show called “Name That Tune”. She was on the program from 1974 to 1978. In 1978 she worked as the cast on a show called “Hee Haw spin0ff”.From 1984, she began appearing in TV commercials for Carnival Cruise Lines.
In 1985, Kathie replaced Ann Abernathy and became co-host of the WABC-TV show called The Morning Show with Regis Philbin. The show began broadcasting nationally in 1988. Gifford co-hosted the show for 15 consecutive years till 2000. This show got her national recognition and popularity.
In the late 1990s, Kathie started working as a writer and contributor to musical numbers, etc., in musical theatre. After leaving the talk show in 2000 she made guest appearances in many TV series and movies.She also released several CD albums independently. Gifford began working as a special correspondent in September 2005 for ‘The Insider’.
She left it in 2008 after she offered a co-host slot on the 4ths hour of Today with Hoda Kotb. Kathie is also a contributor correspondent for NBC News and sometimes appears during the first 3 hours of the show ‘Today’.After leaving the talk show in 2000 she made guest appearances in many TV series and movies.
She also released several CD albums independently. Gifford began working as a special correspondent in September 2005 for ‘The Insider’. She left it in 2008 after she offered a co-host slot on the 4ths hour of Today with Hoda Kotb.
Kathie is also a contributor correspondent for NBC News and sometimes appears during the first 3 hours of the show ‘Today’.
Salary and Net Worth
Her fame and fan following are huge and so is her net worth value, which in 2015 is 20 million US dollars.
Rumors, Controversy and criticism
Kathie was embroiled in a controversy in 1996 after she was accused of using child labor in sweatshops for making apparels for her Kathie Lee line. She then worked with Federal lawmakers and authorities to protect children from such sweatshops. The rumors were Kathie Lee and Hoda aren’t really good friends.
Kathie has the height of 5 feet 5 inches. Her body weighs 68kg. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. Furthermore, her body measurements are 40-30-38 inches. Her bra size is 36D, shoe size is 7.5 US and dress size is 14US.
Social Media Profile
Kathie is active on the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has more than 409k followers on the Facebook, 399k followers on the Instagram and 1.4 million followers on the Twitter.