Television personality Kathie Lee Gifford was left heartbroken when her sportscaster husband, Frank Gifford, died in August 2015. Indeed, by all accounts, the now 64-year-old actress, author, TV host and singer-songwriter had a pretty hard time coming to terms with her private loss in the public glare. But now, almost three years on, Kathie Lee has some uplifting news to share with her many fans.
Kathryn Lee Epstein was born in Paris, France, on August 16, 1953, to American parents. Following their move back to the States, the young girl attended Bowie High School in Maryland where she became a born-again Christian at the tender age of 12. This was despite being born into the Jewish faith. Still, after studying drama and music at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kathie Lee got her start in TV as the sidekick to host Tom Kennedy on Name That Tune in 1974. Two years later, she married Christian composer Paul Johnson. But unfortunately, the couple split in 1981 following five years of marriage and divorced shortly afterward.
The TV presenter went on to become Regis Philbin’s co-host on ABC’s The Morning Show from 1985 to 2000. And as Kathie Lee’s career took off, her love life started looking up as well. But it would be another ABC morning show that would be responsible for this turnaround. Yes, during an appearance on Good Morning America in 1983, Kathie Lee was introduced to the former NFL player and sports commentator Frank Gifford.