Kathie Lee Gifford forgives affair

August 8, 2008

Kathie Lee Gifford talked with Ladies Home Journal recently about her husband’s affair and how she handled it and kept her marriage together. Read the story, Kathie Lee’s biography and see photos and video here.

Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford were married in 1986. It was in 1997 that, after the tabloid The Globe reported the story, Frank admitted that he’d had an affair with flight attendant, Suzen Johnson. Apparently the entire episode was videotaped. So Kathie Lee Gifford was faced with not only dealing with her husband’s infidelity but the widespread publicity about it.

When asked about how she managed to forgive Frank’s infidelity, Kathie Lee Gifford replied:

When Frank and I went through it all, my dear friend the counselor said, ‘If you can’t forgive your husband, forgive your children’s father.’ It changed everything. Because my children’s father is the finest man I know. He’s easy to forgive, rather than the one who hurt me personally. The minute I got my eyes off me, that’s when the real healing started.” She’s not suggesting that everything changed instantly when she shifted focus. “It’s so hard. Trust takes one second to lose and a lifetime to rebuild.”

Kathie Lee Gifford Biography

Kathie Lee Gifford was born on August 16, 1953 in Paris, France, and her age is 54 years. Her full name is Kathryn Lee Epstein. She is 5’5″ tall, and her measurements are 35C/D-24 1/2-35. She attended high school in Bowie, MD where she was a high school cheerleader. When she was 17 years old she was named Maryland Junior Miss. Her brother, David Paul Epstein, is a Baptist minister in Manhattan.

Kathie Lee Gifford studied drama and music at Oral Roberts University but dropped out in her junior year. She married Paul Johnson on April 23, 1976, but they were divorced in 1983. She met Frank Gifford when he was a guest on Good Morning, America in 1983. They were married in October 1986, and they have two children, Cody (born in 1990) and Cassidy (born in 1993). Kathie Lee was born the same year as Frank Gifford’s oldest son, Jeff. She and Frank share the same birthday – just 23 years apart. The Giffords own homes in Greenwich, CT; Key Largo, FL; Nantucket, MA: and they have a condo in Colorado.

Over the years, Kathie Lee Gifford has released several Christian music albums. Her first pop release was the 2000’s The Heart of a Woman. Her own label is Lamb Records.

Kathie Lee has had a varied career: television host, singer, actress and playwright. She is best known for her 15-year run on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. She has received eleven Emmy nominations. In April 2008 she began co-hosting a segment of the Today Show on NBC.

Photos/pictures and a video of Kathie Lee Gifford are below.

Video – Kathie Lee Gifford

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