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There’s a Reason Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb Are the Toast of Morning TV

These 'Today' show good-time gals know how to have fun

The World According to Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb Book Signing at Barnes and Noble (Getty Images)

Hoda Kotb at a Florida signing of her 2010 book, "Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee." — Elizabeth Burks/Getty Images

Long-Ago Memory: Sledding. Me, my brother and sister, soaring down the hill and screaming wildly. I remember so clearly that rush. You're scared, but you're not; you're with your brother and sister; and there's not one thing on your mind except for, "We're right here, right now."

Most-Played Childhood Records: "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille and "Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John.

Admired Historical Figure: Anwar Sadat, because he was so bold. He went to the Knesset in Israel when the wounds of war weren't remotely healed. Usually, when you're entrenched in a war, the hate's so deep. But he said, "No, no, I'm going there."

Best Quality: I pick good friends. I like whom I choose to be in my world, and everyone around me is awesome.

Nightstand Essentials: My reading glasses — seven pairs, because I break and lose everything. And Regina Brett's book God Never Blinks. It's full of daily life lessons. She has just such great beautiful insight.

Zeroing In on 50: Kathie Lee regularly tells me that I'm perimenopausal — and I'm not yet, so stop rushing me!

Next Big Thing: I'm a believer that the next great love can be around the corner. Anderson Cooper's mom [fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt] once said, "I love falling in love." That totally lit me up. I really want to meet the right guy for me.

Next page: Kathie Lee, Frank — and Cody and Cassidy, too! »

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