By 1972, the girls' parents had divorced; their mother remarried, moving them to Sumner, Washington.When Lee was 11, her mother divorced for a second time.
The product was sold via infomercials and cable shopping networks.
Cuomo's celebrity chef girlfriend who has struggled to recover from breast cancer surgery, will be going back under the knife Tuesday.
While her doctors have talked about the possibility for weeks, Lee in a Facebook post Monday evening, said she and Cuomo decided Tuesday should be the day.
In April, Lee, the Emmy-winning TV host who coined the term "semi-homemade," returned to the set after a nearly yearlong hiatus to teach the cooking-challenged how to entertain on a budget.
Her estimated million media empire includes 27 books and a namesake magazine.