We Know Kathie Lee Gifford

Here’s the best thing about listening to someone’s story:  You think you know them.  You know their name.  You know their face and their voice.  Maybe you’ve read their history as reported by Wikipedia and Buzzfeed.  You can cut each of People Magazine’s 25 things you didn’t know about them into little strips and hold them in your hand.  You find yourself on the I Am Second website looking at a thumbnail of them in black and white, frozen in place.  You hit play, and even as the first few notes of music play, you think you know what you’ll hear.  Then, they start speaking.  And right there, something happens.  They’re telling you their story, and you’re listening.

As they talk, all the things about them that your mind had gathered up are somehow forgotten in a pile beside you.  Suddenly, none of them feel as important as the thing that’s happening now as you listen because being heard is powerful.  Hearing someone tell their own story in their own words is profoundly different from a collection of facts and rumors and assumptions all jumbled together.   It transforms them into someone whole – someone beautiful, valuable, complex.  Someone who can speak for themselves.

Here are some things we know about Kathie Lee Gifford:

  • She has worked as an actor, talk show host, tv presenter and singer/songwriter Thank you, Wikipedia. 
  • She was married to her husband Frank for 29 years until his death in 2015 Thanks, People Magazine.
  • When Kathie Lee Gifford wakes up this morning, the biggest struggle in her day will be loneliness. She’ll get out of bed and walk through the big, open house built of brick and wood and memory, and for a minute, all she will feel is lack – the absence of her most loved.  But, here’s something else we know about Kathie Lee: when it comes to struggle, she stays in the fight.  The battle between hopelessness and joy is one she’s fought and won many times over because for her, joy is non-negotiable.

This is who Kathie Lee Gifford is.  We know because she told us her story.  And because we listened.  We’re so glad we did.  You will be too.

Listen to her story HERE

6 thoughts on “Kathie Lee Gifford Battles Loneliness Since Frank’s Death

  1. LTC John Mathies, retired at 6:59 pm
    LTC John Mathies, retired

    Dear Kathie: I hope you find someone who you can feel that they are able to be there for you. Too often celebrity success is equated with personally having a meaningful life. I am concerned for you, honestly. Hope you are doing well. Sincerely, John

  2. Susan Lundman at 7:13 pm
    Susan Lundman

    Kathy, I have watched you since Regis and Kathy Lee and have seen you grow in your faith. Thank you for “staying the course ” and for showing your vulnerability throughout your life in the public eye.
    I also lost my husband 10 years ago after 43 years of marriage. He was a very loving and giving man but not perfect and we had some very difficult years. But our relationship with the living God is what has gotten us, and now me, through it all. God’s forgiveness and grace are such a gift to us.
    Yes, I also have 2 children not living close to me, but there is comfort in the fact that they are being used of God where they are. Loneliness is definitely there. But like you, as long as He has given me breath He has a purpose for me here.
    Thank you for your words of testimony!!

  3. Rhonda Traub at 4:00 pm
    Rhonda Traub

    Life has its way of making us all critics of one another whether we are in the “spotlight” or just an average person trying to do our best with what God “uniquely” created us to do. But if we do not learn to really listen to a persons “Heart”, we are the ones who actually miss out on “The Blessing”. One of The Greatest Commandments is to Love One Another and that will definitely require a persons Heart!❤️

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