Kathie Lee Gifford Is Today Show Co-Host

March 31, 2008

Kathie Lee Gifford, wife of former football player and sports broadcaster Frank Gifford, is making her way back to morning television. See photos, video and a biography of Kathie Lee below.

The official announcement was made this morning on The Today Show, and Kathie Lee will join Hoda Kotb in the fourth hour of the show as co-host. She will begin her stint on April 7.

As a biography, Kathie Lee Gifford (Kathryn Lee Epstein is her birth name) was born on August 16, 1953 in Paris, France. Her father, Aaron Epstein served in the U.S. Navy. She grew up in Maryland and attended Bowie High School.

Kathie Lee was married to composer/arranger Paul Johnson in the 1970’s and ended up as a vocalist on the hit game show Name That Tune. In 1978, she appeared in Hee Haw Honeys, a spinoff of Hee Haw.

Kathie Lee divorced Johnson in 1983 and met Frank Gifford while on Good Morning America. They married in 1986. They also share a birthday.

Kathie Lee joined Regis Philbin as co-host of The Morning Show on WABC-TV on June 24, 1985 in New York. It wasn’t long before their show would go nationwide. During her 15 year run on the show, she had two children – Cody, who was born in 1990, and Cassidy, who was born in 1993. She spoke about her children often while on air. Kathie Lee left the show on July 28, 2000.

After leaving Live, she released several albums. She also became a correspondent for The Insider in September 2005.

More photos and video of Kathie Lee Gifford are below.

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