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"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank

Date March 1, 2019 16:17

The Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and her husband, football star Frank Gifford, were married for 29 years.

"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, FrankGetty Images / Ideal Image

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Sadly, Frank didn’t live to see their 30th anniversary. He passed away in 2015, at the age of 84. He was 23 years Kathie’s senior, so it was to be expected that he would leave this world earlier. Kathie was devastated by her husband’s passing, but she still continues to talk about the sweet and funny moments they had together. She shared one such moment on Today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How Frank met Kathie’s parents

Needless to say, Kathie’s parents knew who Frank Gifford was before she introduced him as her boyfriend. Frank was the biggest football star when he was in his prime. Kathie’s dad, a Baltimore Colts fan, hated New York Giants, but with the exception of Frank (much to Kathie’s relief!)

"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, FrankGetty Images / Ideal Image

It was the 4th of July weekend, Kathie told her co-host, and her parents were going to meet Frank for the first time. Her mom and dad were slightly skeptical before they met Frank in person, as he was 23 years older than their daughter and twice divorced (Kathie herself was divorced, too) so they were unsure if it was going to work.

"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, Frank"Well, They Were The Same Age!": Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls How Her Parents Met Her Late Husband, FrankGetty Images / Ideal Image

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Kathie’s worries dissipated when Frank arrived at her home. Her parents and her boyfriend greeted each other very warmly, and later in the evening came the moment that showed they would get along famously! Kathie recalled:

These kids were renting the house next to me and they were making tons and tons of noise. And Frank says to my dad, ‘I’ll go over there and have a word with them.’ My dad then says, ‘How about I go over there with a torpedo and have a word with them,’ you know, ‘I’ll take care of that!’

And they just got along great, from the very beginning.

Well, they were the same age, 

Kathie added, snickering.

Life didn’t end after Frank’s passing

Frank will always be in Kathie’s heart, but she’s admitted she won’t live out her days in loneliness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Today co-host said on Access Live that, although it’s improbable, she’s open to finding a new love.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Well, good for her!

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