Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa

Infobox actor
name = Kelly Ripa

caption = Kelly Ripa at the 2007 Red Dress Collection for The Heart Truth
birthname = Kelly Maria Ripa
birthdate = birth date and age|1970|10|2
birthplace = Berlin, New Jersey
deathdate =
deathplace =
homepage =
academyawards =
emmyawards = Outstanding Special Class Special
2006 "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade"
spouse = Mark Consuelos (1996-present)

Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970) an American Daytime Emmy Award-winning actress, television personality and talk show host. Since February 2001, [ Kelly Ripa signs 5-year "Live" contract] , an Associated Press article from June 2004 via "USA Today"] she has served as the co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly", along with Regis Philbin. Earlier in her career, Ripa played Hayley Vaughan Santos on "All My Children"; she also played Faith Fairfield on "Hope & Faith". Both are television series on ABC.


Early life

Kelly Ripa went to Berlin Community School in Berlin, NJ, then attended school at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.cite web| title=Kelly Ripa biography||accessdate=2008-01-02|url=] She performed in high school plays and was discovered while performing in a play during her senior year of high school, "The Ugly Duckling". Ripa acted in local theater and was a featured regular on USA Network's "Dance Party USA" – an afternoon teen music program.


Ripa acquired her first major acting role as goth teen turned suffering heroine Hayley Vaughan on the soap opera "All My Children". While there, the character would become a popular fixture.

Later, Ripa was selected to work alongside Regis Philbin for the long-running talk show "Live with Regis and Kelly". Ripa was on double duty, but the following year in 2002, Ripa left "All My Children".

A few months before Ripa hosted "Live", she appeared on a celebrity version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and walked away with $250,000 for charity.

In September 2003, she was back on double duty when she co-starred (with Faith Ford) on "Hope & Faith", a situation comedy. She portrayed Faith Fairfield, a former soap star whose character is killed off and who moves in with (and subsequently wreaks havoc on) her sister Hope's family. "Hope & Faith" survived for three seasons before a ratings decline led to its cancellation.

In June 2004, Ripa agreed to continue as "Live" co-host for at least five more years, at a salary that the tabloid television show "Extra" reported was $8 million/year. In October 2006, "The Hollywood Reporter" reported that Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos, also an actor, were partnering with producers from "Hope & Faith" on a sitcom for The CW Television Network that would be loosely based on the couple's experiences as soap opera actors. [ Ripa And Consuelos Land CW Comedy] , from "The Hollywood Reporter" via the CBS News website]

In April 2007, Ripa hosted the 2007 TV Land Awards. [ [ Photos from the 2007 TV Land Awards] , from "The Hollywood Reporter" via the CBS News website] In May 2007, Ripa stated that she most likely is done with acting for the time being. [cite web | url = | title = Kelly Ripa Finished With Acting Career? | author = Beck, Marilyn and Smith, Stacy Jenel | publisher = The National Ledger | date= 2007-05-15 | accessdate = 2007-06-22]


On August 14, 2002, guest Judith Light created a stir on "Live with Regis and Kelly" when she got into a shouting match with Kelly after Kelly corrected Judith's pronunciation of "Worcestershire".Fact|date=November 2007 This became a recurring topic on the show, with the on-air talent frequently making light of the incident.

On November 17, 2006, Clay Aiken was a guest host on Live with Regis and Kelly. During an interview with Cheryl Burke, Aiken covered Kelly Ripa's mouth with his hand and Ripa flinched and said "...I don't know where that hand has been." There was considerable reaction after Kelly mentioned the incident on her show four days later, with Rosie O'Donnell scolding Ripa for what appeared to be a "homophobic" reaction. [ [ The Z List : This Week's Biggest Losers 11/25/06] , staff,, November 25, 2006, accessed December 17, 2006] Aiken mocked the controversy on the 2006 American Music Awards a few days later with Tori Spelling. [ [,,20007361_1250125,00.html People Photo Album, Comic Relief] retrieved May 24,2007]

Awards and honors

Ripa won five Soap Opera Digest Awards for playing Hayley on "All My Children" in 1996, 1998 & 2000. She has been nominated for 8 Daytime Emmy Awards. Three of these nominations were for playing Hayley on All My Children, and 5 were for performing hosting duties alongside Regis.

In April 2006, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special for co-hosting the 2005 "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" with Regis Philbin and Ryan Seacrest.

On September 15, 2006, Ripa broke the Guinness World Record for custard pie throwing, tossing 24 banana cream pies in one minute at actor Wilmer Valderrama, as part of a Guinness World Record Breaker theme week on "Live with Regis and Kelly". She beat the record set by NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth on the previous day, when he threw 17 pies at Ripa herself. [ [ Guinness World Records Smashed During 'Live with Regis and Kelly's' 'Guinness World Record Breaker Week' ] ]

Personal life

Ripa was born in Camden County, New Jersey, the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor union president and bus driver. [ [ Kelly Ripa Biography (1970-) ] ] [ Camden County Officials: Joseph Ripa] from the Camden County, New Jersey website] Kelly Ripa is 3/4 Italian, 1/4 Irish; her father is Italian-American, while her mother is half Irish-American, half Italian-American. [] Ripa's father has been a freeholder for Camden County, New Jersey since January 2004.

In 1995, Ripa met Mark Consuelos, her co-star on "All My Children"; the two married on May 1, 1996. The couple have three children — Michael Joseph Consuelos, born June 2, 1997; Lola Grace Consuelos, born June 16, 2001; and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos, born February 24, 2003.

Television work

*"Dance Party USA" (1986-1992) (frequent regular)
*"All My Children" (cast member from 1990-2002)(as Hayley Vaughan Santos)
*"Someone to Love" (2001)
*"Live with Regis and Kelly" (2001-present)
*"Ed" (2002)
*"It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie" (2002)
*"Hope & Faith" (2003-2006)
*"" (2003) (voice)
*"Kelly Ripa's E! True Hollywood Story" (2006)
*"Go, Diego, Go!" - mother wolf (voice) (2006)
*"50 Funniest Women Alive", Oxygen (2007) (also placed #6)
*"The Knights of Prosperity" (2007)
*"6abc Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade" (annual appearance)


*"Marvin's Room" (1996) Coral
*"The Stand-In" (1999) Jennifer
*"" (2003) (voice) (direct-to-video) Dr. Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine
*"Cheaper by the Dozen" (2003) herself
*"Fly Me to the Moon" (2007) (voice) Nat's mom
*"Delgo" (2008) (voice) Kurrin


External links

* [ Official website for "Live with Regis and Kelly"]
*imdb name|0727961
* [ Kelly Ripa in Page Six Magazine]

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