Kathie Lee Gifford is a proud mom of two children, including Cody, who is the spitting image of his late dad Frank. Frank died on August 9, 2015, just a week before his 85th birthday.
Kathie Lee was 23 years younger than Frank Gifford when they tied the knot in October 1986. Despite the age difference, they made their relationship work regardless of the challenges that they faced as a couple.
Frank Gifford was a sports broadcaster and former NFL star. He and Kathie met on the set of "Good Morning America" and soon hit it off. They got married and share two children together, Cody and Cassidy.
A ROCKY RELATIONSHIP
In 1997, after celebrating a decade of marriage, Kathie received a painful blow when a tabloid published photographs of her husband with a flight attendant in a New York City hotel room. It was later discovered that the woman was paid $75,000 to seduce the former athlete.
Although she was embarrassed and traumatized by the incident, Kathie stayed with her husband. In fact, she remained with him until his death in August 2015 at the age of 84.
CASSIDY'S BEST FRIEND
After his passing, his children made sure to pay touching tributes to him through social media. His daughter, Cassidy, expressed her sentiments about being blessed to call her father "a legend."
"Yesterday, I lost my best friend..his kindness was infectious, and his grace, beyond compare..and despite the worldly passing of an incredible man, I undoubtedly know heaven gained one stud of an angel."
HIS LOOK-ALIKE SON
Likewise, his look-alike son Cody also had some nice things to say about his father. During an interview, he quoted what New York Giants co-owner Wellington Mara said about Frank being "the son any father would love to have, and the father any son would be proud to have." Cody agreed, saying God had blessed him beyond words.
While Cody isn't as open about his life on social media as his mom and younger sister, his proud mom often shares photos of him. One time, a photo of him received thousands of likes, with users stating the resemblance between Frank and Cody.
ACKNOWLEDGING THE STRIKING RESEMBLANCE
In another instance, the former "Today" show co-anchor once revealed that other people have also frequently pointed out the striking resemblance between her son and his father. She told "Today:"
"So many people were saying, 'Gosh, Cody looks just like Frank now.' He really does."
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Aside from his looks, Cody is known for being the acting principal of Little Giant Productions, a film and TV production company in Los Angeles. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California and obtained his Master's degree from Oxford University.
In 2020, it was reported that he married actress Erika Brown after he previously revealed in May 2019 that they were engaged. That same year, Cassidy also got married in June, much to the happiness of the former talk show host.
Kathie Lee Gifford on June 10, 2016 at Betteridge in Greenwich, Connecticut | Source: Getty Images
Likewise, Cassidy has followed her mom and dad's footsteps into the entertainment business. She's starred in a couple of films, including "God's Not Dead," "The Gallows," and "Time Trap."
Although the Gifford children have accomplished quite a lot in their lives, Kathie has never told her children that she's proud of them. This is because of her belief that "pride comes before the fall."
Ultimately, the family decided to think of a more Christian-like term for the word, and they decided on "ground." It means being grateful to God for all the good things happening in their lives but aware that they are also capable of messing things up at any moment.