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Hoda Kotb: I Was 'Totally Fangirling' First Time I Met Kathie Lee Gifford

Hoda Kotb: I Was 'Totally Fangirling' First Time I Met Kathie Lee Gifford

Originally posted 01/09/2016 01:30PM

Before Hoda Kotb shared the Today show screen with Kathie Lee Gifford, Kotb had a genuine fan moment with her future co-host.

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Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Look Back on Frank Gifford's Life in Emotional Today Montage

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Look Back on Frank Gifford's Life in Emotional Today Montage

Originally posted 12/30/2015 04:00PM

As 2015 draws to a close, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford are looking back on the life and legacy of the late Frank Gifford.

Frank, who was married to Kathie Lee for 29 years, died of natural causes in August at age 84.

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Frank Gifford Suffered from Brain Disease Related to Concussions, Family Reveals

Originally posted 11/25/2015 03:35PM

Former New York Giants star and NFL broadcaster Frank Gifford suffered from a concussion-related brain disease, his family revealed Wednesday.

Gifford, who died of natural causes in August at age 84, suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, also known as CTE, his family discovered after making the decision to have his brain studied after his death.

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VIDEO: Watch Kathie Lee Gifford Cringe at Her Soap Opera Debut

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Kathie Lee Gifford Cringes at Her Soap Opera Debut: 'That Is the Worst Acting!'

Originally posted 10/27/2015 02:15PM

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives, Kathie Lee Gifford unearthed a piece of her past she'd really rather forget.

As it turns out, the TV personality has a storied history with the soap opera. While trying to break into Hollywood, Gifford, 62, worked as an "atmosphere" extra on the show before being promoted to a "dismembered body voice," actress with under five lines and, eventually, "the most minor character ever," she revealed Tuesday on the Today show.

"Her name is Nurse Callahan," co-host Hoda Kotb said to introduce a vintage clip of KLG in action. "We have not seen this video. This is gonna be fun."

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Cassidy Gifford Posts Touching Tribute 1 Month After Father Frank Gifford's Death

Cassidy Gifford Posts Touching Tribute 1 Month After Father Frank Gifford's Death

Originally posted 09/09/2015 04:30PM

One month after her father Frank Gifford died at age 84, Cassidy Gifford has paid a touching tribute to honor him.

The 22-year-old took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a sweet throwback photo of her and her dad smiling at each other.

"Mr. Poe, you said it right….'Never to suffer would have never to been blessed,' " she wrote, keeping the caption to the picture short and sweet and quoting Edgar Allen Poe.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Daughter Cassidy Her Father Frank Had Died

Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Daughter Cassidy Her Father Frank Had Died

Originally posted 08/21/2015 11:15AM

Despite being back to work on Today, the terrible memory of finding her husband Frank Gifford dead in their home on Aug. 9 is still very fresh in Kathie Lee Gifford's mind.

She opened up about those shocking moments on Friday morning's show, with the help of longtime friend and former Live! co-host Regis Philbin.

"You know what I hadn't told people?" Gifford said early in the show. "He had just gotten the best medical report he'd had in eight years on Friday. He was doing great."

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Cody and Cassidy Gifford Speak Out About Losing Their 'Incredible' Dad

Cody and Cassidy Gifford Speak Out About Losing Their 'Incredible' Dad

Originally posted 08/20/2015 10:35AM

He may have been a legendary New York Giants player and an Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, but to his kids, Frank Gifford was simply dad.

Cody and Cassidy Gifford, the youngest of his five children, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue about the love and the loss they are feeling alongside their Kathie Lee Gifford following their dad's sudden death on August 9.

"For 22 years I was blessed with an incredible man to not just call my father, but also my friend," Cassidy, 22, tells PEOPLE. "So though I selfishly may want 22 more, my gratitude far outweighs my sadness."

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Regis Philbin Shares Memories of Frank Gifford's Happy Last Days: 'He Looked So Strong'

Regis Philbin Shares Memories of Frank Gifford's Happy Last Days: 'He Looked So Strong'

Originally posted 08/19/2015 10:20AM

It was a night like so many others.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Regis Philbin and wife Joy visited close pals Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford at their Greenwich, Connecticut, home to enjoy dinner and drinks under the stars in their lush backyard.

"There Frank was, handsome as ever," Philbin tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue. As his former Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee co-host offered up her signature candid stories – "She was, of course, a riot" – her husband, the dashing former New York Giants star and Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, "was smiling and laughing," says Philbin.

That night, says Philbin, Frank "looked so good, so strong and healthy." But just eight days later, Philbin learned that his dear friend had suddenly collapsed at home and died at age 84. "I just couldn't believe it," he says. "Nobody could."

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Kathie Lee Gifford on Losing Husband Frank: 'We Will Miss Him for the Rest of Our Lives'

Kathie Lee Gifford on Losing Husband Frank: 'We Will Miss Him for the Rest of Our Lives'

Originally posted 08/19/2015 07:00AM

Kathie Lee Gifford is heartbroken but staying strong, following the sudden death of Frank Gifford, her beloved husband of 29 years.

Much like she has done in the past, the Today show host describes the beloved sportscaster as the same kindhearted many viewers were so accustomed to hearing about in candid anecdotes throughout the years.

"Frank was a beautiful man with a beautiful, generous heart," Kathie Lee tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "He lived fully and loved deeply, and he leaves an amazing legacy of lives touched and changed."

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Why Kathie Lee Gifford Threw a Party Instead of a Funeral for Husband Frank

Why Kathie Lee Gifford Threw a Party Instead of a Funeral for Husband Frank

Originally posted 08/18/2015 08:45PM

A day after her emotional tribute to her late husband, Frank Gifford, Kathie Lee Gifford revealed on Tuesday's Today show that her family didn't have a funeral for the football great, who died on Aug. 9 at the age of 84.

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