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Kathie Lee Gifford's daughter wants to be an actress

09/12/2007 at 10:50 AM ET

Kathie Lee Gifford, best known for her role as co-host on Regis and Kathie Lee, has done it all in her career–host, sing, act and write. And it appears that her daughter Cassidy Erin, 14, may just follow in mom’s footsteps.  The 54-year-old mom said,

My daughter is a very serious acting student. We just cameback from a week of her training in Los Angeles. She studied at theStrasberg Institute last year here in New York.

No matter what Cassidy decides to do with her acting, Kathie Lee is going to stand behind and support her daughter.  She said,

Every child deserves their own dream. My parents created an environmentto help my dreams come true, and that’s all I want to do for my kids aswell. I’m not at all concerned about her choice in dreams. That’s herbusiness. It’s just that I have to help her make wise choices. And I’llbe on the set with her. There’s no way I’m letting her out of my sight!She just turned 14 years old. She’s certainly not ready to be alone inthis world emotionally.

With all of her experience in the business, Kathie Lee promises not to become a stage mother.  She says,

Not at all. No, no. A stage mom would be somebody that is trying toinflict her own dreams on her child against her will, and I amcompletely against that. I saw that for years, all these kids that cameon the show. No, no. If she loved soccer, I’d be sending her to soccercamp. It’s in her DNA as much as football is in [my son] Cody’s.

Son Cody Newton is 17. Dad is Kathie Lee’s husband, former NFL player Frank Gifford.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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tink1217 on

Cassidy looks alot like her dad, Frank Gifford. Its nice Kathie Lee is supportive.

Susan on

Go Cass! I miss Kathie Lee with Regis, hearing about her kids, so this was good to see. Nice to catch up! Thank you, CBB.

Snapper on

Are there any recent photos of Cody? What’s he up to? I’m curious about him.

Hollister on

Her little boy Cody is 17!!! OMG do I feel old!

Lolly Lola on

They are 17 and 14 ???????? I remember when they were born.
Do we have any pictures of Cody?

Campbell on

Good gracious.. 17 and 14?! Kathie sounds like she’s got it dead on. Those kids are blessed.

Susan on

Regis recently talked about Cody on Live. He’s the QB for the Greenwich High School football team. Guess he’s quite the athlete, like Dad.

CassidyG on

Thanks for writing all those cute comment! :)

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