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Happy birthday, Kathie Lee! 7 reasons why we absolutely adore KLG

Kathie Lee Gifford gives a whole new meaning to the title triple threat: she sings, acts and drinks wine better than most! More importantly, she has the biggest heart, and we can tell she’s happiest after simply helping someone in need.

To pay tribute to KLG on her 63rd birthday, here are just a few of the ways she brings joy into our everyday lives!

1. She opened her home for a worthy cause

Kathie Lee is such a giving person and she always opens her home to friends and family.

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For TODAY’s Shine a Light series, she shared a year’s worth of memories in the heart of her nest in a book titled “Good Gifts: One Year In the Heart of a Home.”


All of the proceeds went to the Salvation Army, and the world got a look inside KLG’s life sans happy hour with Hoda.

2. She's bold about sharing her faith

Many viewers know that Kathie Lee isn’t shy when it comes to talking about her faith. In fact, many people relate to Kathie Lee’s dedication to God and enjoy the scripture verses she tweets out for inspiration. A few years ago, KLG opened up about her dear friend Reverend Billy Graham as part of TODAY’s #InspiredBy series saying, “I’ve never met in my life a more powerful man who is as humble as Billy.”

Kathie Lee Gifford

Last week, she shared how her faith helped her get through the first year after her husband Frank Gifford passed away.

Kathie Lee also attributes her generosity to “a deep faith in God that her parents instilled at an early age.”


3. She’s not afraid to let loose with Hoda

Kathie Lee and Hoda are the definition of "Friendship Goals." Yes, they’re both amazing individuals, but together they could rule the world (at least the world of wine)! Hoda brings out Kathie Lee’s wild side, and we love it! A few examples:

KLG & Hoda ride a bull in San Antonio

KLG & Hoda bare it all

KLG & Hoda throw down in a game of hoops

4. Her friendship with Regis is one for the books

Regis is regular on the Fourth Hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda, and every time we he's on the show, we're reminded why he's a television icon. We couldn't stop smiling when he starred in TODAY the Musical!

Like Kathie Lee and Hoda, KLG and Regis are just better together. Their television antics will leave you laughing until you cry (especially when animals are involved).


Who could forget where it all began and lasted for 15 years on "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee!"

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" on Thursday, Sept. 8, 1988 in New York.

5. Her relationship with Frank will restore your faith in true love

Kathie Lee and her beloved husband Frank shared the same love, faith and birthday! Although Frank passed away August 9, 2015, the couple’s love will live on forever.

Frank co-hosted the Fourth Hour with KLG in 2009, and if their witty banter didn’t keep you entertained, their dance moves definitely did!


KLG also revealed the secrets to her marriage with Frank and in 2011, shared how she and Frank celebrated their 25th anniversary. Frank gave Kathie Lee an album filled with memorable family photos and a note that said, “"I loved you then. I love you now. I love you forever."

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6. She makes the best facial expressions

iHoda is arguably one of the best segments the Fourth Hour has ever seen, and out of this glorious few minutes, Kathie Lee gifts us with the most amazing facial expressions! They usually result after listening to a song Hoda chooses.


7. Her dance moves makes us green with envy

Music does not only bring us the best Kathie Lee faces, it also gives KLG an outlet to bust a move (she never disappoints)!


Her "Spanky Tuesday" dance moves are a now a staple on the show.


Cheers, KLG! 63 never looked so fine.

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