Gifford, Frank

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Gifford, Frank Gender: M
Francis Newton Gifford
born on 16 August 1930 at 02:10 (= 02:10 AM )
Place Santa Monica, California, 34n01, 118w29
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Palmer
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 22°48' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 10°13 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 13°24'

Frank Gifford (circa 1949)


American sportscaster, former All-American at the University of Southern California and No.1 pick of the New York Giants after graduation in 1951. A stellar pro football career followed over the next 12 years with the New York Giants (1952–1960, 1962–1964), setting several NFL records, including the most touchdowns and the most yards gained while pass-receiving (5,434). Voted All Pro six times, he was named football's MVP in 1956 and was enshrined in the Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

Gifford's early years were peripatetic, his father was an oilfield worker and the family moved wherever he could find work. "We'd move into a town and my dad would have a job until they struck oil, then we'd move again. Sometimes we'd stay in one place only three weeks. My mother says we moved 47 times."

Finally settling in Bakersfield, California, Gifford was too small to letter in football until his junior year in Bakersfield High. At the end of that season, he was starting quarterback. Upon graduation, he planned to attend University of Southern California, despite his poor academic performance. His unsettled childhood resulted in a lapsed education and, as a poor student, he rarely attended classes. After spending a semester at Bakersfield College, USC accepted him on the condition he would spend time in night school improving his grades.

His broadcasting career began in 1957 with a job at CBS radio. Two years later he played in the film "UP Periscope." After retiring from football in 1965, Gifford worked for WCBS TV in New York. Six years later he was hired as the play-by play announcer on "Monday Night Football" where he has remained a fixture (until 18 January 1998 when he was replaced by Boomer Esiason. It was assumed at that time-period that it was related to his negative publicity from his extramarital affair.)

Gifford and his first wife of 26 years, Maxine, had three children. Their daughter Victoria married Michael Kennedy, the son of Robert and Ethel, in 1981. Following Maxine's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1974, Gifford became a member of the board of directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. His autobiography, co-authored with Harry Waters, "The Whole Ten Yards" was published in 1994.

Handsome and personable, Gifford made a second marriage of six years to wife Astrid that ended in divorce in 1984. Two years later, he married Kathie Lee Johnson, a co-worker on TV program "Good Morning America," who later co-starred "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee." An extra-marital affair in 1997 with TWA flight attendant Suzen Johnson put his name in the media machine as a philandering husband who threatened the stability of his marriage. He suffered the public embarrassment of having his picture all over the scandal rags due to being caught in the arms of his lover. He and Suzen had met in October 1993 while he was on a trip. A series of sex phone calls were recorded in April 1994 and met at the Regency Hotel on 30 April 1997 for an illicit afternoon. They consummated the beginning of their affair on 1 May 1997 in a Park Avenue suite. Globe scandal sheet broke the story on 13 May 1997 with dates, times and pictures.

In 2000, Kathie Lee was still playing the martyred, forgiving wife while Frank was smarting from public humiliation from his reckless affair.

Gifford and Kathie Lee filed a libel suit against the tabloid "National Enquirer," 6 April 2000, over an article claiming their son Cody was behaving badly on several occasions.

On 9 August 2015, Gifford died from natural causes at his Greenwich, Connecticut, home at the age of 84.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Austin, Bill (born 18 October 1928). Notes: New York Giants teammates, 1953-1957
  • associate relationship with Crow, Lindon (born 4 April 1933). Notes: New York Giants teammates, 1958-1960
  • associate relationship with Huth, Gerry (born 23 July 1933). Notes: New York Giants teammates, 1956
  • associate relationship with Rote, Kyle (born 27 October 1928). Notes: New York Giants teammates, 1952–1960
  • associate relationship with Svoboda, Bill (born 12 July 1928). Notes: New York Giants teammates, 1954-1958
  • associate relationship with Wietecha, Ray (born 4 November 1928). Notes: New York Giants teammates, 1953-1960
  • parent->child relationship with Gifford, Cody (born 22 March 1990)


  • Work : Retired 1964 (Retired from football)
  • Work : New Career 1964 (Sportscaster for CBS, seven years)
  • Work : New Job 1971 (Switched to ABC for sportscasting)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 22 March 1990 at 01:28 AM in New York, NY (son Cody was born)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person October 1993 (Met Suzen Johnson)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 30 April 1997 (Began affair with Suzen)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 13 May 1997 (Tabloids revealed affair with Suzen)
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 18 January 1998 (Lost his contract with "Mon. Night Football", 17 years)
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  • Crime : Law suit 6 April 2000 (Libel suit against Natn'l. Enquirer)
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  • Death by Disease 9 August 2015 (died from natural causes)
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Source Notes

Lynne Palmer quotes him, B.C. Same data in Gauquelin Book of American Charts.

In June 2020 Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate and upgraded the rating to BC/BR in hand.


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (First marriage 26 years, third from 1986)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Second marriage two years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Kathie Lee, 23 years younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Kathie Lee)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Affair with airline attendant)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Five)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Sportscaster, Monday Night Football, 17 yrs.)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Many moves as a kid, 47)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Libel suit against tabloid)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (a week shy of his 85th birthday)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Sportscaster, "Monday Night Football")
  • Vocation : Sports : Football (Pro)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (NFL career records)