Hope & Faith
"Daytime is such a funny medium; the fans either love or hate you and luckily, they liked me. I don't know why. There was something train-wreckish about the character." Kelly Ripa
TV host and actress Kelly Ripa is best remembered for portraying Hayley Vaughan Santos (1990-2002) in the long-lived series "All My Children" and Regis Philbin's co-host in the ABC's hit morning syndicated talk show "Live With Regis and Kelly." Winner of three Soap Opera Digest Awards and nominee of three Daytime Emmy Awards, Ripa also received applause while starring in the feature The Stand-In in 1999. More recent, she starred as sexy ex-soap star Faith Fairfield in the TV series "Hope & Faith" and will lend her voice in the approaching animated movie Delgo.
Blue-eyed, naturally brown-haired Ripa stands at 5' 4" tall. She was named one of E!'s Top 20 Entertainers and People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People (both in 2001). Before her marriage to "All My Children" costar Mark Consuelos, Ripa once dated actor Vincent Young.
"All My Children" Couple
Childhood and Family:
"I had a picture-perfect childhood. My parents were like June and Ward Cleaver. There was nothing dysfunctional about them." Kelly Ripa
On October 2, 1970, Kelly Maria Ripa was born to parents Joseph Ripa (bus driver and labor union president) and Esther Ripa (homemaker).
She has one younger sister, Linda Ripa (born 1973), a children's book writer. Stratford, New Jersey born Kelly attended Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, New Jersey, and graduated in 1987. She then enrolled at the Camden Community College in Camden, New Jersey.
"...I think children are like pancakes. You sort of ruin the first one, and you get better at it the second time around." Kelly Ripa In 1995, Kelly met Spanish actor Mark Consuelos (born on March 30, 1970) on a set of the series "All My Children," in which they played lovers. Soon they became lovers in real life and married on May 1, 1996. The couple currently resides in New Jersey with their children, daughter Lola Grace (born on June 16, 2001) and sons Michael Joseph (born on June 2, 1997) and Joaquin Consuelos (born February 2003).
Since the age of three, Kelly Ripa studied ballet, sang and played the piano. She was first discovered while performing "The Ugly Duckling" in a senior high school production and continued to act in local theater plays like "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Wizard of Oz" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" during her study in New Jersey's Camden Community College. In 1989, 19-year-old Kelly landed on television as a regular dancer on the USA Network's "Dance Party USA" afternoon teen music program.
1990 was Kelly's breakout year. She won the role of gothic-girl-turned-suffering-heroine Hayley Vaughan Santos on the ABC daytime soap "All My Children." She joined the serial's cast from 1990 to 2002, portraying lovers with off-screen husband Mark Consuelos. During her 12 years stint in the show, Kelly received rave reviews, won three Soap Opera Digest Awards and was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.
"My personal favorite was when Mateo kissed Hayley under the mistletoe on their first Christmas together. It's my favorite moment ever in the history of the character. At the time, Mark and I weren't even a couple in real-life, but we liked each other very much, and we would look forward to our kissing scenes." Kelly Ripa (on her favorite scene in "All My Children").
Meanwhile, Kelly participated in the ABC First-Ever Super Soap Weekend at Disney/MGM Studios, Florida, in October 1996 and co-starred in the acclaimed feature Marvin's Room (1996). She subsequently got the leading part of Jennifer in her second movie, the festival-screened feature The Stand-In (1999), and took home the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
After making a total of nine appearances as guest host of the syndicated "Live With Regis" during 2000 and 2001, Kelly became Regis Philbin's permanent co-host in the popular syndicated daily talk show "Live With Regis and Kelly," replacing longtime co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. Kelly has been co-hosting the program for four years and has received three Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host, which she shared with co-host Regis Philbin.
Besides working on the show, Kelly appeared in the television movies Someone to Love (2001) and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. She also played the recurring role of Jennifer Bradley on the hit NBC primetime series "Ed" in 2002 and hosted the "Saturday Night Live" show in November of 2003.
Another regular in a series arrived in 2003. Kelly starred as Faith Fairfield, a former daytime soap star, in the ABC's comedy sitcom "Hope & Faith," alongside Faith Ford. In March 2004, Kelly guest starred in the "Saturday Night Live" show and provided her voice in the animated movie Disney's Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003, TV).
Soon, her fans will hear her voice in the upcoming animated movie Delgo.
"I get paid to make out with the hunks!" Kelly Ripa
- Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Leading Actress, All My Children, 2000
- New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: Best Actress, The Stand-In, 1999
- Soap Opera Digest: Hottest Romance, All My Children; shared with husband/co-star Mark Consuelos, 1998
- Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Younger Leading Actress, All My Children, 1996