Kathie Lee Gifford Cringes at Her Soap Opera Debut: 'That Is the Worst Acting!'
Kathie Lee Gifford guest-starred on Days of Our Lives in 1976
As it turns out, the TV personality has a storied history with the soap opera. While trying to break into Hollywood, Gifford, 62, worked as an “atmosphere” extra on the show before being promoted to a “dismembered body voice,” actress with under five lines and, eventually, “the most minor character ever,” she revealed Tuesday on the Today show.
“Her name is Nurse Callahan,” co-host Hoda Kotb said to introduce a vintage clip of KLG in action. “We have not seen this video. This is gonna be fun.”
In the 1976 scene, 22-year-old Gifford plays a weary nurse trying to get a hospital patient to eat.
So what happened to the high-pitched voice captured on screen?
“Sailors, whiskey and cigarettes and late nights,” Gifford told Kotb, laughing. “That’s what happens.”
All in all, an embarrassed Gifford was a total trooper during her trip down memory lane.
“Thank you, Days of Our Lives, for putting up with me there,” she said.
Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.
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