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Juggling parenthood and work might be difficult, but Kathie Lee Gifford made it look easy while raising her two kids and working as one of Today ‘s most iconic hosts for over 11 years. Since leaving the NBC morning show in December of last year, the former star has been enjoying time-off with her kids, son Cody Gifford and daughter Cassidy Gifford .
The 66-year-old beauty — who shares her beautiful brood with late husband Frank Gifford — has proven many times that she shares an amazing relationship with her daughter and son. Kathie’s kids even honored their mom in the most special way during her final episode on Today in April.
To mark her 11-year career on the beloved morning show, Cody, 29, and Cassidy, 26, appeared on Today and shared a special homemade video for their mama. Kathie’s two children — who both recently got engaged to their longtime partners just months apart — gushed about how proud they are of their famous mom as the video began playing on the show.
“To you, mom is a TV legend. To us, she is a legendary mom,” Cody said. Then Cassidy sweetly chimed in, “The biggest life lessons that I personally ever learned from my mom [is if] you have a pulse, you have a purpose.”
Cody also divulged another helpful tip that his mom taught him. “The best advice I have ever gotten from mom actually came from her father, Pop Pop, and he had told her at a very early age find something you love to do and then figure out a way to get paid for it,” he explained.
Although being a single mom to two adults k > rom a heart attack at age 84 in August 2015, sources told Closer Weekly the Party Animals author couldn’t feel more blessed.
“She’s always in gratitude mode,” an insider exclusively told Closer of the bubbly TV personality. “She misses Frank desperately every day, but she’s healthy, her kids are thriving, and she truly loves her life.” Aww!
Scroll through the gallery below to get to know Kathie’s kids, Cody and Cassidy!
Cody Gifford, 29.
Kathie became a mom for the first time when she and Frank welcomed their first child together, son Cody, on March 22, 1990. Growing up, Cody got a taste of Hollywood at a young age as he accompanied his mom and dad on red carpet premieres and on the set of TV shows.
As he got older, Cody followed in his parents’ famous footsteps as he pursued a career in acting and TV. According to IMDb, Cody attended Oxford University in Tennessee, where produced a movie titled American Patriot . He also studied at the University of Southern California, where he played college football.
Since graduating from college, Cody became the founder and acting principal of Little Giant Productions — which has “sold, developed and executive produced content for Warner Bros. Television and the Hallmark Channel,” notes IMDb.
Besides the fact that Cody is paving quite the career for himself, he’s just as successful when it comes to his personal life. This past May, Kathie announced her handsome son was officially engaged to tie the knot with his college sweetheart, Erika Brown. “My son is engaged and I couldn’t be happier for him and @missamerikabrown. ” the proud mom captioned a photo of the happy couple.
We can’t wait to see Kathie and her entire family on her son’s highly anticipated wedding day!
Cassidy Gifford, 26.
Kathie and Frank welcomed their second child, daughter Cassidy, on August 2, 1993. Like her older brother, Cassidy followed in her parents’ path and pursued a Hollywood career. However, prior to hitting the big screen, Kathie’s mini-me graduated from the University of Southern California like Cody.
Besides the fact that she’s an accomplished actress, who has appeared in a plethora of films including The Gallows , Tim Trap , Twisted Sisters and many more, Cassidy is also a stunning model. In 2015, she was even chosen as one of Esquire magazine’s “18 Beautiful Women America Won’t Be Able to Resist This Summer.” She’s also made cameos in a handful of hit TV shows like Disney’s That’s So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody .
Most recently, Kathie shared the good news that Cassidy got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Ben Wierda. “So thrilled to announce that my beautiful daughter, @cassidygiff is engaged to a wonderful man, Ben @letsgetwierda,” she wrote via Instagram alongside a photo of her daughter and future son-in-law. “I am beyond the moon and stars. Thank you, LORD!”
We can’t believe Kathie and her kids will be celebrating not only one — but two — weddings in the upcoming future!