Kelly Ripa

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Kelly Ripa

Ripa in 2008
Born Kelly Maria Ripa
October 2, 1970 (1970-10-02) (age 43)
Stratford, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael, co-founder of Milojo, spokesperson for Electrolux and Rykä
Years active 1986–present
Spouse Mark Consuelos (1996–present)
Children 3

Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, talk show host, and television producer. Ripa, who played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002, is best known as co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. She is also known for her role as Faith Fairfield on Hope & Faith. Additionally, Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos own a New York based production company, Milojo.[1]

In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media.[2]

Early life[change | edit source]

Ripa was born in Stratford, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor-union president and bus driver. She has a younger sister, Linda, who is a children's book author.[3] She is of Italian and Irish ancestry.[4] Her father has been the Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, New Jersey since June 2009. She is the first in her family to enter the acting profession. She has studied ballet since age three, plays the piano, and, in her words, is "no Barbra Streisand," but can carry a tune.[5]

Ripa graduated from Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey,[6] where she became a cheerleader and was later encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue acting. "I owe so much of my career to Jim Beckley,"[7] she said. "He thought I was a natural performer and so he gave me the lead in the next show."[8] She starred in local theatre productions and was discovered while performing in the comedy play The Ugly Duckling (c. 1941), by A.A. Milne, during her senior year.[6] She attended Camden County College studying psychology, but dropped out and moved to New York City to be an actress.[9]

Television and movie roles[change | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1986–1992 Dance Party USA Dancer
1990–2002, 2010 All My Children Hayley Vaughan Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress
Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Romance
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated —Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Star
1996 Marvin's Room Coral
1999 The Stand-In Jenni Best Actress Award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival
2001 Someone to Love Michelle
2000–present Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live! with Kelly, Live! with Kelly and Michael Co-Host Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show
2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
Nominated—People's Choice Award for Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host
2001–2009 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Co-Host Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special
2002 Ed Jennifer Bradley Episodes: "Things to Do Today," "May the Best Man Win," "The Wedding," and "Trapped"
Family Guy Herself Voice, Episode: "Viewer Mail #1"
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Herself Cameo
2003–2006 Hope & Faith Faith Fairfield
2003 Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Future Bonnie Voice
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Dr. Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine Voice
Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Kelly Ripa/Outkast"
Cheaper by the Dozen Herself Cameo
2005 Duck Dodgers Herself Episodes: "The New Cadet" and "The Love Duck"
1-800-Missing Melody Episode: "Looking for Mr. Wright"
2007 50 Funniest Women Alive Host
The Knights of Prosperity Herself Episode: "Operation: Oswald Montecristo"
2007, 2012 TV Land Awards Host
2008 The Great Buck Howard Herself Cameo
Delgo Kurrin Voice
Fly Me to the Moon Nat's mom Voice
Ugly Betty Herself Episode: "The Manhattan Project"
2009 Damages Herself Episode: "I Lied, Too."
Brothers & Sisters Herself Episode: "Sibling Rivalry"
2010 The Marriage Ref Panelist Episodes: "Pilot," "Jerry Seinfeld/Kelly Ripa/Alec Baldwin," and "Demi Moore/Jim Breuer/Kelly Ripa"
Homemade Millionaire Host Executive Producer
2011 Hannah Montana Herself Episode: "I Am Mamaw, Hear Me Roar!"
30 Rock Herself Episode: "100"
Live from Lincoln Center Host Episode: "New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker'"
2013 Google+ Hangout Host Episode: "First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Fireside Hangout"

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