A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter and actress, Gifford has starred in numerous television programs and movies in her 45-year career. She has her own record label and has written several musicals including Broadway’s SCANDALOUS, which received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in 2012. Gifford also starred on Broadway in “Putting it Together” and “Annie.” She recently debuted three new songs, “Love Me to Death”, “He Saw Jesus” and “Jesus Is His Name” with Grammy winning singer, writer, and producer Brett James. Each song debuted #1 on iTunes. She has recently wrapped post production on “Then Came You,” a film she has written, produced and starred in alongside Craig Ferguson. Gifford co-wrote the score for the film with Brett James. In April of this year she made her directorial debut with THE GOD WHO SEES short film, shot in Israel and based on a song she co-wrote with Grammy-nominated Nicole C. Mullen.
Gifford authored four NY Times bestselling books including “The Rock, The Road and the Rabbi”, “Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg,” “I Can’t Believe I Said That,” and the popular children’s book “Party Animals.” In October of 2018 she released the children’s book, “The Gift That I Can Give” with all proceeds going to Childhelp. She also launched GIFFT, a line of wine with the Scheid Family Vineyards in Monterey, CA.
Gifford lends support to numerous children’s organizations including Childhelp, the International Justice Mission, and the Association to Benefit Children, which spawned Cassidy’s Place and Cody House, named after her two children. A devoted humanitarian, she received an honorary degree from Marymount University for her humanitarian work in labor relations.