During the 15 years Kathie Lee Gifford co-hosted the talk show “Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee,” she would often talk about her two kids: Cassidy and Cody. The 63-year-old actress had her children with late husband, sportscaster Frank Gifford, in the '90s and was no stranger to discussing the ups and downs of family life.
It’s now been 16 years since Gifford left the show to pursue other acting opportunities and in that time, her kids have grown up fast.
Here’s what Cassidy and Cody look like now:
This lady in the middle continues to give me a new reason to look up to her every day. Last night was no exception. You blew the entire room away, Momma. And so did you, Dad. Congratulations to you both and thank you to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame for honoring these two incredible people
For comparison, here’s a throwback of the children with their late dad in the '90s. Sadly, Frank passed away last year.
From these photos, we can see that Cassidy, now 23, looks just like mom! The two have such similar face-shapes, hairstyles and smiles. On the other hand, 26-year-old Cody takes after dad, with the same tall stance and facial features.
Here’s a family photo from 2012 that truly shows the resemblance.
Interestingly, the kids took after their famous parents in more ways than one. Cody is now a football star just like his father and plays for the University of Southern California.
Conversely, Cassidy is an actress like her mother. According to her IMDB page, she previously appeared in minor roles on TV, but is now starring in movies. Cassidy has recently appeared in “God’s Not Dead,” “The Gallows” and “Twisted Sisters.”
Based on Cassidy’s Instagram, it looks like she and her brother are quite close. In the past, she’s posted sweet tributes to him on social media and has even joked about being the third wheel to him and his girlfriend.
Gifford is now a host on Today and she still openly talks about raising her kids. In a 2000 interview with Babble, the mom-of-two revealed that the most important thing she’s taught her children is to stay grounded.
“My kids have been raised to understand they’re not the centre of the universe,” she said. “They don’t have a sense of entitlement, which so many rich kids do, but rather, of obligation. They feel like because they’ve been so blessed they have an obligation to bless others.”
Gifford and her late husband have clearly raised some good kids.
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