• Kelly Ripa is an actress, television producer, and talk program host.
• She was born in New Jersey and raised as a Roman Catholic.
• Her acting career began with Jim Beckley, her high school drama tutor.
• She is the head of the show “Live! with Kelly” and has won multiple awards for her work.
• She holds a Guinness World Record, has a song dedicated to her, and is part of the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
Who is Kelly Ripa?
Kelly Maria Ripa is best known for her acting career, but is also a television producer and a talk program host. She was born in Stanford, New Jersey USA on 2 October 1970 to parents, Esther and Joseph Ripa, of Irish and Italian descent. Her mother is a homemaker and her father is a bus driver. Both Kerry and her younger sister named Linda were raised as Roman Catholic.
Education and appearance
Kelly attended and finished the four-year Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey, where she started experimenting with acting and therefore never graduated from university – she started studying at Camden County College, at that point in her life she was interested in psychology but later on quit to pursue her acting career. She is the only person in her family to be a part of the movie industry, and other than acting, she is a ballerina and she can also play the piano. Kelly has an amazing figure even at the age of 48. She is 5ft 2 inches (157cm) tall and weighs around 98 pounds (45kg).
Jim Beckley, the drama tutor in Kelly’s high school, saw her potential and decided to put her in one of his shows. As Kelly says, it is where it all began for her and she owes a great deal to Jim for that. Kelly’s first appearance on national television was in 1986, in “Dancin’ On Air” as a dancer. At that time, acting was not her main goal – instead, she wanted to be a newscaster, and was actually delivering news quite often. Her first big role and the one Kelly’s most proud of is as Hayley Vaughan in “All My Children” in 1990 – the show lasted for 12 years and finished in 2002; Kelly was invited back in 2010 for the celebration of the soap opera’s 40 anniversary. During those years, she also appeared in a couple of television films including “Someone to Love” and “Stand-In.”
Kelly had enough luck to be offered a role as co-host of the morning show called “Live!” in 2010 – Kathie Lee Gifford was about to quit her position and was looking for a replacement when she found Kelly. She turned out to be a great choice – in only a couple of months, the audience of the show increased by 80 percent, all the credit was given to Kelly. She and her friend – the host of the show, Philbin – managed to get an average of six million views every day. After being together on set for 11 years, in 2011 Philbin retired and left Kelly as the head of the show, after which it was rename – “Live! with Kelly”, later becoming “Live! with Kelly and Michael”, after Michael Strahan became her new co-host.
Kelly has also worked as a spokesperson for a number of companies, including 7 Up and Pantene and right now she works for Electrolux and Ryka. The Kelly Ripa Collection is another thing Kelly is proud of – it is her own fitness active wear line.
She also includes charity work – her show hosts an event called Super Saturday, something she does once every summer to gather money for Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRF). In 2011 she managed to raise a stunning $3.5 million.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) April 30, 2017
Kelly’s first love was Vincent Young, an actor from Philadelphia, but their relationship didn’t go for too long and she then started dating Mark Andrew Consuelos from Spain, who starred with her in “All My Children”. and could be described as love at first sight. They exchanged their vows on 1 May 1996 and in the upcoming years, Kelly gave birth to three babies – Michael Joseph was their first child, after him Lola Grace and then Joaquin Antonio.
Kelly and Mark together funded Milojo which is a production company, having a deal with Discovery Channel for some series which Kelly hosted. The company made its first short film in 2012, and while Kelly, her husband and their son Michael were featured in it. The short film was a medium success as it attracted over 1,000,000 views. According to authoritative sources, Kelly’s net worth is estimated at close to $120 million thanks to her acting and broadcasting career. She has an estimated annual income of $22 million.
Kelly won her first award in 1999, for Best Actress for her role in “The Stand-In”. She has won an impressive five Soap Opera Digest Awards, and was nominated three times for Daytime Emmy Awards for her role in “All My Children”. Kelly also won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class in 2006, the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host for “Live!” two times, and Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host for the work she did in 2015 and 2016. Kelly got her own Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on 12 October, 2015.
Kelly holds a Guinness World Record for having 24 banana cream pies tossed at her mouth in one minute. She also broke another world record for most grapes trodden, but later on lost it to Martina Servaty from Germany. There is a song dedicated to her called “Kelly Ripa” sung by the rock band from New Orleans – Cowboy Mouth. Kelly has been inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. She once competed in “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and managed to win $250,000, which she donated to Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, an organization which helps children suffering from cancer and blood disorders.
Kelly and Mark sold their penthouse in New York in May 2014 for $24.5 million. Right now, this married couple owns three homes, one in which they live in New York and two others that they use as getaways. Kelly manages her own Instagram profile, and though she only has about 620 posts on it, has a stunning number of 2.2 million followers. Her funny description line on Instagram says “I Slay”.