In 2002 Ripa concluded a 12-year stint as Hayley Vaughan on ABC's All My Children. She won three Soap Opera Digest Awards, two for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress and one for Hottest Romance, which she shared with her real-life husband and co-star, actor Mark Consuelos. Ripa also received three Daytime Emmy nominations, two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. She had a recurring role on the series Ed, and hosted the ABC special Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade last year with Regis Philbin. Additional television credits include the telefilms Someone to Love and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
Ripa also co-starred in the acclaimed feature, Marvin's Room, in 1996. In 1999 she won the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for her work in The Stand-In. In 2001 Ripa was among People Magazine's 25 Most Intriguing People and E! Entertainment's Top 20 Entertainers of the Year.
After performing in her senior high school play, The Ugly Duckling, Ripa decided to pursue a career in acting. Prior to joining All My Children, she attended Camden Community College in New Jersey, performing in local theater productions, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Wizard of Oz and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Additionally, she has studied ballet since age 3, sings and plays the piano.
Ripa and Consuelos met on the set of All My Children and married in 1996, a year before their characters married onscreen. The couple lives in New York with their three children, Michael, Lola and Joaquin.
Kelly Ripa Facts
|Kelly Maria Ripa
|October 2, 1970 (53)
|Stratford, New Jersey, USA
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