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 TV show sets.
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 he produced a movie titled American Patriot. He also studied at the University of Southern California and played 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,” IMDb noted.
Besides the fact that Cody is paving quite the career for himself, he’s just as successful when it comes to his personal life. In September 2020, the brunette-haired hunk married his college sweetheart, Erika Gifford, during a romantic wedding ceremony.
“God gave us a glorious day to celebrate this glorious couple,” Kathie Lee marveled alongside a pic of the newlyweds in their gorgeous ensembles on September 7. “So grateful.”
The A Godwink Christmas actress first announced Cody and Erika’s engagement in May 2019. “My son is engaged and I couldn’t be happier for him and @missamerikabrown!!!” the proud mom captioned a photo of the happy couple.
In December 2021, Kathie announced that she was going to be a grandmother for the first time. She found out the exciting news with her longtime friend, Christine Gardner, in the most adorable way possible.
“Cody and Erika handed both of us something that was wrapped and asked that we please open at the same time. It was a two-sided frame and mine read, ‘Can’t wait to meet you Grandma’ on one side, and on the other was a photo of Cody and Erika holding their ultrasound,” the four-time Emmy winner told People after hearing the news. “It took a moment to crystalize to me that this was their baby which meant that it was my baby too and I freaked and ran to hug Erika and so did Christine. To which Cody said, ‘What about me?'”
On June 1, 2022, Kathie announced the arrival of her first grandchild, Frank Michael Gifford. The little one’s name is a sweet tribute to her late husband.
“My heart is bursting,” she captioned a photo of Cody and Erika holding their little bundle of joy. “Frank Michael Gifford is here, confirming that our God is good and merciful and faithful. And he loves us!”
Cody and Erika welcomed their second son, Ford, in November 2023.