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  • Real name : Kelly Maria Ripa
  • Date of birth : 02/10/1970



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Kelly Ripa (1970)

Kelly Maria Ripa

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Kelly Ripa is an American actress and television host. Since February 2001, she has served as the co-host of talk show Live with Regis and Kelly, along with Regis Philbin and now solo host of Live! With Kelly. Earlier in her career, Ripa played Hayley Vaughan for twelve years (1990–2002) on the television soap opera All My Children (1970–2011); she also played Faith Fairfield on the television situation comedy Hope & Faith (2003–2006). Both television series were on the ABC network.


 early life and education
She was born Kelly Maria Ripa in Stratford, New Jersey, the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor-union president and bus driver. She has a younger sister, Linda Ripa, who is a children's author. Her father has been the Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, New Jersey, since June 2009. She is three quarters Italian descent, and one quarter Irish.

Ripa went to Berlin Community School in Berlin, New Jersey, later attending Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

She performed in high school plays and was discovered while performing in the comedy play The Ugly Duckling by A. A. Milne, during her senior year of high school.

Ripa's first television exposure came when she appeared as a regular dancer first in a local Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dance party show, Dancin' On Air. Later she appeared on a nationally syndicated dance show, Dance Party USA. She was cast in her first major acting role in 1990, as Hayley Vaughan on All My Children.

In 2001, she appeared on a celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, hosted by Philbin. She won $250,000 for charity. Later that year, Ripa appeared as a guest host on the long-running talk show Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. She was soon selected to co-host the program, replacing Kathie Lee Gifford. After Ripa was hired as the new co-host, the show's title was changed to Live with Regis and Kelly. She continued to appear on both Live and All My Children during her first year as co-host, choosing to leave the soap opera in 2002.

In September 2003, she was back on double duty, when she co-starred on Hope & Faith. She portrayed Faith Fairfield, a former soap-opera star whose character moves in with her sister Hope's family, after her soap-opera character is killed off. Hope & Faith ran 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 a 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.

On November 17, 2006, singer-songwriter Clay Aiken substituted for Philbin on Live. During an interview, Aiken covered Ripa's mouth with his hand. The incident drew considerable media reaction after Ripa complained at length about the incident on her show the following Monday.

In April 2007, Ripa hosted the 2007 TV Land Awards. In May 2007, Ripa stated that she most likely is done with acting for the time being.

In 2009, Ripa appeared on the PBS children's series The Electric Company in the role of Wednesday Jones, a private investigator.

On April 2, 2009, the TLC network announced that they picked up two shows developed Milojo Productions, Ripa's and Consuelos's production company. They will executive produce Mom Inc. and Eat, Drink and Be Married. Ripa will star in Mom, Inc. as the host.

On October 16, 2009, Ripa and Consuelos returned to All My Children for two episodes for the soap opera's fortieth anniversary on January 4 and 5, 2010.

 personal life
In 1995, Ripa met Consuelos, her co-star on All My Children. The two eloped on May 1, 1996. The couple have three children, Michael , Lola , and Joaquin .

In 2003, Ripa and her husband sold their home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and moved to the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, to make it easier for her to accommodate her multiple television roles.

In 2011, she mentioned on-air that she believes she has misophonia, an unusually intense emotional reaction to sounds such as chewing.

She has appeared at Democratic fundraisers for her father.

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