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Kathie Lee Gifford
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Kathie Lee Gifford

“I want to be purposeful, every day of my life, every moment of it.”

At ten years old, Kathie Lee Gifford started the adventure of a lifetime and launched a career as an actor, tv presenter, talk show host, and singer/songwriter – a life lived in the spotlight. In a business bent on reducing women to a set of archetypes, Kathie Lee has always refused simple definitions.

“I may admire another person, but I don’t want to be that person.”

The same certainty of purpose that led her down the aisle to answer an altar call at the age of twelve, also armed her against the entertainment industry’s harshest rejection and allowed her to answer insult and injury with a wink and a smile as she turned her head toward the next opportunity.  It landed her on millions of TVs in countless living rooms every morning, and gave her a voice of advocacy, influence and all the shine of the spotlight.

But, spotlights are tricky creatures.  They illuminate and bring to life, but they can also expose and wash out detail and nuance, leaving room for the noise of assumption and criticism.  Spotlights make it hard to find the quiet. They air the most personal of tragedies, amplify doubt and hopelessness, crowding out joy.  But, when it comes to hopelessness, Kathie Lee stays in the fight.

 “I’ve been in the desert as many times as I’ve been on a mountain top.  But, I’ve learned my deepest lessons from the desert.”

Kathie Lee has many stories to tell.  She was born in Paris, France and grew up in Maryland.  She was a six year old girl who wrote a letter to Walt Disney looking for a job.  She was a wife for 29 years who loved with purpose, forgiveness and courage.  She’s a mother who raised two children to do the same.  And she’s a career entertainer who discovered what could happen when she made her own joy non-negotiable, even in the spotlight.

91 thoughts on “Kathie Lee Gifford

  1. Madison at 11:50 pm
    Madison

    It was a joy to listen to your testimony Kathie. I know that the joy of the LORD is your strenght, just from listening to you. Thank you for sharing. You are a blessing to us all. I am sure Jesus is smiling, even now and loves you so much. Blessings

  2. Ann Weseman at 11:16 pm
    Ann Weseman

    Thank you Kathy Lee, for your courage, your commitment to Jesus! He is the way the truth and the light! We need him in this dark world. Your testimony of real hardships, and choosing to follow God thru them gives me and others Hope! Every young women should see this so encouraging, love you dear sister in Christ its so cool we are sisters in Christ!

  3. CAROL N MCELMURRAY at 1:12 pm
    CAROL N MCELMURRAY

    wow. I have seen the ad on TV many times but finally remembered to check it out. what an awesome testimony to listen to on Good Friday. many thanks to Interstate Batteries for the TV commercial. God bless you all and Happy Easter.

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