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.