Kelly Maria Ripa (born
October 2, 1970) is a Daytime Emmy
Award winning American television host and actress.
Since February 2001, 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
years on the soap opera All My
; she also played Faith
on Hope &
. Both are television series on ABC
was born in Camden County, New Jersey, the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph
Ripa, a labor union president and
bus driver. Ripa's father has been
a freeholder for Camden County,
New Jersey since January 2004.
to Berlin Community School in Berlin, NJ, then attended Eastern High
School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.
She performed in high school plays and was
discovered while performing in a play during her senior year of
high school, The Ugly
. Ripa acted in local theater
and was a featured regular on USA Network
's Dance Party USA
– an afternoon teen
Ripa's first television exposure came when she appeared as a
regular dancer on the show Dance
. She acquired her first major acting role in
1990 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
, replacing Kathie Lee
. 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
and walked away with $250,000 for
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 &
survived for three seasons before a ratings decline led
to its cancellation.
In June 2004, Ripa agreed to continue as Live
at least five more years, at a salary that the tabloid television
reported was $8 million/year.
In October 2006, The
reported that Ripa and her husband
, also an actor, were
partnering with producers from Hope & Faith
sitcom for The CW Television
that would be loosely based on the couple's experiences
as soap opera actors.
In April 2007, Ripa hosted the 2007 TV
. In May 2007, Ripa stated that she most likely is
done with acting for the time being.
In 2009, Ripa appeared on the PBS
series Electric Company
in the role of Wednesday Jones, a private investigator
On April 2, 2009, the TLC
announced they picked up two shows coming out of Kelly Ripa and her
husband, Mark Consuelos's production company (Milojo Productions).
They will executive produce Mom Inc.
and Eat, Drink
and Be Married.
Ripa will star in Mom, Inc.
On October 16, 2009, Ripa announced that she would return to the
show All My Children
for two episodes for All My
40th anniversary on January 4 and 5, 2010.
Consuelos will be returning as well.
In 1995, Ripa met Mark Consuelos
co-star on All My Children
. The two eloped 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).
On November 17, 2006, Clay Aiken
guest host on Live with
Regis and Kelly
. At one point during an interview with
, Aiken covered Kelly
Ripa's mouth with his hand while she was speaking. Ripa flinched
and said "Uh, that's a no no... 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 was
perceived to be a "homophobic" reaction. Aiken mocked the
controversy on the 2006 American Music Awards a few days later with
Awards and honors
Ripa won five Soap Opera Digest
for playing Hayley on All My Children
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
for Outstanding Special Class Special for co-hosting the
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
, as part of a
Guinness World Record Breaker theme week on Live with Regis and
. She beat the record set by NASCAR
driver Matt Kenseth
on the previous
day, when he threw 17 pies at Ripa herself.
On December 11, 2008, Cooper University Hospital announced that it
was naming its women's health program "The Ripa Center for Women's
Health & Wellness at Cooper" in honor of Ripa and her family.
Ripa's parents met at the hospital in 1961 and Ripa has volunteered
her time as a television spokesperson for the hospital.
Ripa on the set of Live with Regis
||Dance Party USA
||All My Children
||Hayley Vaughan Santos
||Role from: November 22, 1990-December 27, 2002, temporarily
returns on January 4-5, 2010
||Someone to Love
|Live with Regis and
||Role from: February 5, 2001-present, November 1, 2000 (guest
Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
||Hope & Faith
||Role from: 2003-2006,58 episodes
|Kim Possible: A
Sitch in Time
of the Batwoman
||Dr. Roxanne "Rocky" Ballantine
|Cheaper by the
||Kelly Ripa's E!
|Go, Diego, Go!
||50 Funniest Women Alive
|The Knights of
|Fly Me to the
||True Jackson, VP
- Kelly Ripa signs 5-year Live contract,
an Associated Press article from June 2004 via
- Kelly Ripa Biography (1970-)
- Camden County Officials: Joseph Ripa from the
Camden County, New Jersey
- Ripa And Consuelos Land CW Comedy, from
The Hollywood Reporter via the
CBS News website
- Photos from the 2007 TV Land Awards, from
The Hollywood Reporter via the CBS News website
- The Z List : This Week's Biggest Losers
11/25/06, TMZ.com staff, TMZ.com, November 25, 2006, accessed December 17, 2006
- People Photo Album, Comic Relief retrieved May
- Guinness World Records Smashed During 'Live with
Regis and Kelly's' 'Guinness World Record Breaker Week'