Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford: A Decades-Long Love Story in Photos
Only Have Eyes for You
Kathie Lee and Frank met on the set of Good Morning America in 1982 when they were asked to fill in for Joan Lunden and David Hartman. "I don't ever want to go through one day of my life with this man not in it," she told PEOPLE in 1992 about realizing he was the one.
Newly pronounced husband and wife, the Giffords posed for a quick picture after their October 1986 wedding. "We didn't fall in love. We really grew in love," the bride told Entertainment Tonight a couple of months before their nuptials.
"He's got an incredible set of buns," Kathie Lee joked about her first impressions of former NFL pro Frank. The pair were often seen making each other laugh.
Dressed to the Nines
Both in-demand TV personalities by 1988, Frank and Kathie Lee were always on each other's arm and on the town.
More Than Friends
"Kathie Lee and I were working together on our Live! morning show when she started dating Frank," Regis Philbin shared in a statement to E! News. "I always loved trying to get her to tell me about her new romance and it wasn't long before we were watching them take their vows in front of close friends in Southhampton," he recalled about the couple's early relationship.
Lay One on Me
Not shy about PDA, Frank helped his wife celebrate being honored with a 1991 Woman of the Year Award by the Police Athletic League.
Their family grew for the first time in 1990 when the couple welcomed son Cody Newton Gifford. "We're going to try for a while longer – if Frank would just stay in town," Kathie Lee told PEOPLE about plans for baby number two.
In 1991, Frank and Kathie Lee enjoyed downtime with their two Bichon Frise dogs at their home in Connecticut.
Keep Me Close
The couple got cozy on set of a 1992 Barbara Walters interview for an ABC special.
Saying a Prayer
Now a party of four with daughter Cassidy Erin Gifford, the family attended the 1996 dedication for Cassidy's Place, a nursery for underprivileged children with serious medical conditions.
Those Who Make Faces Together ...
The Giffords got a little silly at a 2004 benefit dinner in Greenwich, Connecticut.
"Anybody who knows us knows that nothing is more important than our children and our relationship with each other. It is a source of tremendous joy and security," Kathie Lee has said.
May I Have This Dance?
Frank stopped by the Today studios in 2009 to join Kathie Lee in a dance lesson from the cast of Broadway's In the Heights.
Gifford snuck a kiss during a 2010 event at Azure in New York City.
An Incredible Legacy of Love
"She said, 'Frank lived to be nearly 85,' she said, 'He lived an incredible life, has an incredible family, has an incredible legacy.' She said, 'His life is a triumph,' " Kathie Lee's Today co-host Hoda Kotb shared on the show immediately following Frank's death as part of an emotional tribute.