After mastering marriage, motherhood and daytime television (as a star on All My Children), Kelly Maria Ripa stepped into a new role as co-host of Regis Philbin's popular morning show.
Ripa grew up dazzled by the lights of New York City. The oldest daughter of Joe, a labor
In 2011-2012, Kelly won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Talk Show Host in her work on Live with Regis and Kelly.
In 2006, Kelly won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special in her work on Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade.
Kelly ranked #85 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List.
Kelly loves getting into her characters on the Halloween editions of Live with Regis and Kelly. Some of the characters she has dressed up as are Britney Spears, The Statue of Liberty, and the most recent Sharpay from High School Musical.
Kelly is friends with her former Hope and Faith co-star Faith Ford.
Before Kelly became a co-host on Live With Regis and Kelly, she appeared on the show as guest with her husband Mark Consuelos.
In 2001, Ripa was among People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People and E! Entertainment's Top 20 Entertainers of the Year.
Kelly gets paid $36,000 an episode for Live with Regis and Kelly. She is under a five year contract, ending in 2009.
Kelly flies with American Airlines.
Kelly is currently shooting On*Star commericals because of her frequent reference to them on Live.
Kelly hosted the The 5th annual TV Land Awards which aired April 22, 2007.
Kelly's winter vacation getaway is Nevis, an island in the Carribean that is often paired with St. Kitts.
Kelly loves reality shows on TV such as: American Idol, The Bachelor and periodically, Survivor. She is also a huge Jimmy Kimmel Fan.
There was a recorded tribute to Steve Irwin played during his memorial from Kelly Ripa.
She graduated from Eastern Regional High School, Voorhees, NJ in 1987.
She was the spokesmodel for Pantene.
After jokingly making a comment about not ever being asked to be on the cover of Maxim magazine, she was offerred a cover, and turned it down.
Kelly LOVES to tan.
Kelly has a nickname of Brown Sugar.
Kelly tried to beat the record for the most ice cream eaten in one minute. She only ate 1.25oz. Eleven oz below the record.
She is an avid Boxing fan and loves the show The Contender.
Kelly refers to Regis as "Big Daddy"
Kelly has hosted SNL.
Kelly has appeared in Tide to Go commercials.
Kelly's E!True Hollywood Story premiered on the E! Channel on Sunday, August 6, 2006.
She made a cameo appearance in the Jay-Z video, Change Clothes with husband Mark Consuelos in 2003.
Kelly's shoe size is 7.
Kelly danced with sportscaster, Dave Madden.
She and husband, Mark, attended Star Jones' wedding to Al Reynolds.
On Scrubs, the characters have used Kelly as a verb (e.g. "You've been Kelly Ripa'd") to describe the act of intentionally and temporarily misleading someone for humorous effect, referencing something commonly done by Ripa on her show.
In early 1995 Kelly's character was paired with Mark Consuelos' character, Mateo Santos. A romance blossomed between the castmates, with Ripa and Consuelos eloping in 1996.
Kelly loves to watch reality television, including The Bachelor, The Apprentice, Wife Swap, and Survivor.
She often vacations in the Hamptons with her family.
She appears at the end of Nine Inch Nails' Head Like a Hole single, saying "Let's hear it for Nine Inch Nails! Woo! They were good!" The clip was taken from a Nine Inch Nails appearance on Dance Party USA.
She has been named one of "The 50 Most Beautiful People" on several occasions.
She has been on been on numerous magazine covers such as People magazine.
Kelly is a New York Mets fan.
Kelly refers to Regis as her oldest son, and Regis refers to Kelly as "Pipa."
In a mutual decision, Mark and Kelly left All My Children in December 2002.
Kelly has been a producer for episodes of Live, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Something You Should Know: The Duran Duran Fan Documentary.
Kelly's son Michael's godmother is actress Eva LaRue Callahan.
Kelly is currently filming the animated movie Fly Me to the Moon.
Kelly has just finished filming the animated movie Delgo as the voice of, Kurrin.
Her father, Joe, was sworn in on January 6, 2004 as the County Freeholder for Camden County in the state of New Jersey. The ceremony took place at the Scottish Rites Auditorium in the New Jersey city of Collingswood.
She does the narration for TLC's Maternity Ward (2000).
Kelly regularly chooses to host entire episodes of Live barefoot.
Kelly participated in the ABC First-Ever Super Soap Weekend at Disney/MGM Studios, FL on October 19 and 20, 1996.
Kelly announced on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2006, that she is 3/4 Italian and 1/4 Irish. Her father is full Italian American and her mother is Italian and Irish American.
After Kelly's sister was victim of a drunk driving accident, she became actively involved with M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
On "FHM's Annual List of 100 Sexiest Women", Kelly was ranked #85 in 2005, #81 in 2006 & #98 in 2007.
Kelly loves McDonald's. She especially the french fries.
Kelly was a bridesmaid at General Hospital star, Laura Wright's wedding; Kelly was once Laura's roommate.
She and husband, Mark, attended Donald Trump's wedding to Melania Knuass.
Kelly was recognized and awarded as one of Glamour's 2004 Women of the Year. The award was given to her by her former All My Children co-star and good friend, Sarah Michelle Geller.
Her favorite reality shows are Wife Swap and The Apprentice. She also likes Desperate Housewives.
Kelly recently purchased a beautiful $3 million home in Bridgehampton, NY.
Kelly loves shoes! She said "Shoes, like that's like my life!"
Kelly loves Peppermint Altoids.
Kelly's favorite candy is green Swedish fish.
Kelly loves her fans!
Kelly's favorite designers, include Chanel, Donna Karan, and Dolce and Gabbana.
Kelly eats a BLT sandwich almost everyday, after Live With Regis and Kelly.
Kelly and Mark were married in Las Vegas.
Her eye color is blue.
Her hair color used to be blonde, then brown, right now it's blonde again.
A special achievement for Kelly was being named "Best Actress" in 1999 by the New York City Independent Film Festival, for her work in the feature film, The Stand-In.
Along with four other daytime divas, Kelly was featured in a national Jockey marketing campaign for bras in 1999. The highlight of the campaign was the unveiling of a 90-foot billboard featuring the ladies in the middle of Times Square in Manhattan.
Her father, Joe, a labor union president, and her mother, Esther, a homemaker, eventually moved to Berlin, New Jersey, where Kelly grew up with younger sister, Linda, now a children's book author.
She attended New Jersey's Camden County Community College, where she landed parts in local theater productions, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Wizard of Oz, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
Kelly was named one of E!'s "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001".
She married All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos on May 1, 1996. Mark and Kelly have three kids: two Sons Michael Joseph, June 2, 1997; Joaquin Antonio, February 24, 2003, 8lbs 5oz., and one daughter, Lola Grace, June 16, 2001, 8lbs 3oz .
She has also said: "I had already been married five times on the show. The last thing I wanted was a big wedding." She was referring to her five marriages on All My Children and her real life marriage to Mark Consuelos.
Kelly won three Soap Opera Digest Awards for playing Hayley on All My Children in 1996, 1998 & 2000. She has been nominated for eight Daytime Emmy Awards. Three of these nominations were for playing Hayley on All My Children, and five were for performing hosting duties alongside Regis.
She was discovered by her current manager, Cathy Parker, while acting in her high school senior play, The Ugly Duckling.
When she appeared on the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Ripa won $250,000 for the Children's Tomorrow Fund, an organization that helps children with cancer and blood disorders.
During the 1980's when Kelly appeared on Dance Party USA her career goal was to be a newscaster, and she often did Dance Party USA cast news reports.
She was awarded #19 in E!'s "Top 25 Blondes".
Kelly: If you're a waiter and you're waiting on me...you might get five percent, you might get seventy percent. It depends on how bad my math skills are that day.
Kelly: My parents were like June and Ward Cleaver; there was nothing dysfunctional about them.
Kelly: I had a picture-perfect childhood.
Kelly: (When asked about her ankle tattoo) It signals to them that I may be freaky deaky.
Kelly: (Talking to Regis about him approaching Barbara Streistand at a party) It's like the queen. You're not suppose to go up to her, she's suppose to talk to you first.
Kelly: There's no such thing as an uber-mom. I think children are like pancakes. You sort of ruin the first one, and you get better at it the second time around.
Kelly: I'll quit tanning when the satchel handle grows out of my back.