Kelly Maria Ripa is one of the most outstanding women in American media. She is a talk show host, an actress, and a television producer. She shot to fame with her portrayal as Hayley Vaughan in the daytime soap opera titled “All My Children” on ABC which won her nominations on two occasions. Her role in the show lasted for 12 years (1990-2002). Mrs. Ripa is married to Mark Consuelos whom she co-starred together with on the opera All My Children. Together they own a production company, Milojo, located in New York. They have been married since 1996 and blessed with three beautiful kids.
Kelly Ripa was born on 2nd October 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey. She was born into a middle-class family of Joseph, a bus driver and Esther Ripa, a homemaker. She is of Italian and Irish descents. She is a devout Roman Catholic and said to have had a strong religious upbringing. Kelly wasted no time in harnessing her talents, at the age of three she started studying ballet and also played the piano. She attended Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey where she was part of the drama and cheerleading team. Her drama teacher noticed her exceptional talents and urged her to consider a career in acting. After high school, she entered Camden County College to pursue a career in Psychology but couldn’t finish as acting took over.
Her first appearance on national TV was as a dancer on the program “Dancing On Air” in 1986 before landing a role in the soap as mentioned earlier opera in 1990. In 2000, she took part in auditions organized by the then Live! Show host Regis Philbin, who was looking for a replacement for her retired co-host. Kelly Ripa was a cream of the crop among the candidates which consisted of renowned personalities like Jane Krakowski, Valerie Bertinelli, Dolly Parton, etc. Kelly was officially announced as Kathie Lee’s replacement in February 2001. The Philbin and Ripa partnership garnered a lot of viewers estimated to be 6 million daily. Philbin retired in 2011 and Ripa became the chief host and renamed the show Live! With Kelly. She selected Micheal Strahan as her co-host. In 2016, Strahan got under Ripa’s skin when he left it late to announce his intention to quit the show.
She is considered one of the most active women in the show business. She juggles her talk show commitments with other ventures. She has featured in several television shows and films. She is also a spokesperson for multiple companies in the past but is presently with Electrolux and Ryka. Her deal with Ryka, a sportswear company, inspired her into owning her fitness wear line, The Kelly Ripa Collection. A staunch supporter of healthy and active lifestyle, which according to her slows down the aging process. Kelly Ripa also attributes her wrinkles free skin to this way of life. When asked to comment on the use of anti-aging creams, Kelly Ripa simply replied they are not for her.
She has won many awards and also a Guinness world record holder for two separate activities. She is estimated to be worth $100 million.