Is Kathy lee Gifford Jewish?
-- Based on what ?
-- How do you know ?
Born Kathy Lee Epstein, Gifford's paternal grandfather was of Russian Jewish
descent and her paternal grandmother was of Native American ancestry. Her
mother, a relative of writer Rudyard Kipling, was of French Canadian, English
and German descent and was raised in a Methodist family. After seeing the
Billy Graham-produced film, The Restless Ones at age 12, Gifford became a
born-again Christian. She told interviewer Larry King, "I was raised with many
Jewish traditions and raised to be very grateful for my Jewish heritage."
Her brother, Rev. David Paul Epstein, is an evangelical Baptist preacher
and pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in New York City.
A complicated story, but a simple answer: Without a Jewish mother and having
not converted to Judaism, Kathy Lee is not, and never was, Jewish.
The songs that Kathy and Walter Lee have written are fantastic. If they come to Germany on their next tour, I will be there. Until then, I can't wait for more Kathy and Walter Lee songs. I love Cross My Heart and Hope To Die and Forever and A Day. I heard they are related to the Carpenters. Is it true?