Kelly Ripa is an actress, a talk show host, and a dancer. She rose to fame after her performance in the ABC soap opera show All My Children as Hayley Vaughan. Ripa is widely recognized as the co-host of Live! with Kelly show.
Early Life and Education
Kelly Ripa was born on October 2, 1970 in Stratford of New Jersey. Her mother Esther was a homemaker and her father Joseph worked as a bus driver. Raised in Stratford with a sister named Linda, Kelly went to Eastern Regional High School. Graduating from high school, she joined Camden County College for an undergraduate degree in psychology. However, she dropped out to pursue a career in acting.
Kelly Ripa is married to Mark Consuelos since 1996. The couple now has three children: Michael Joseph (19 years old), Lola Grace (15 years old) and Joaquin Antonio (13 years old).
Kelly Ripa first appeared on television as a dancer in the television dance show Dancin’ On Air. Soon, she moved on to Dance Party USA and remained in the show until 1992 i.e. for six years. In 1990, Kelly was signed as Hayley Vaughn for the American television Series All My Children. She remained in the series until 2002 and received widespread acclaims for her performance. Ripa also received the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress.
In 1996, she appeared as Coral In Marvin’s Room. Likewise, in 1999, she gave a spectacular performance in The Stan-In as Jenni. The act won her Best Actress Award presented by the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Subsequently, in 2000, she was signed to co-host the Live! With Kelly. The show has been the greatest production of her life, winning her the following prizes:
- 2011 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
- 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host
- 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
- 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
From 2001 to 2009, Kelly Ripa co-hosted Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The show was awarded the 2006 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special. Similarly, she appeared in Hope & Faith for 73 episodes as its main cast Faith Fairfield.
In addition to the aforementioned shows, Kelly Ripa has managed to appear in other prominent television broadcasts such as Homemade Millionaire, Hannah Montana, TV Land Awards, and 50 Funniest Women Alive.