Kelly Ripa is an eminent American TV personality. She serves as a talk show host, actress and television producer. She first tasted success by portraying the role of “Hayle Vaughan “on the ABC network’s daytime soap opera “All My Children”. She has also co- hosted the Live! with Kelly and Michael, a syndicated morning talk show. Apart from this, Ripa also earned popularity by playing the character of “ Faith Fairfied” in the ABC’ show “ Hope and Faith”. In the year 2012, Ripa along with her husband acquired a New York based production company named ‘Milojo’.
Early life and background
She was born on October 2, in the year 1970, in Startford, New Jersey. Ripa’s father, Joseph Ripa is known to be a bus driver and the president of a labor union. Her mother, Esther is a homemaker. Her younger sister Linda is a famous children’s book author.
Kelly Ripa is the first in her family to pursue her career in acting. She was encouraged by her drama teacher to join this profession, while studying in Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey. She started her career by performing in local theatre productions. She achieved her first fame by displaying her acting skills in a comedy play named The Ugly Duckling.
After completing the high school, Ripa joined Camden Country College to study psychology. She left the college without finishing the course in order to become an actress. Thereafter, she shifted to New York to pursue her dreams.
In the year 1986, Ripa started working as a regular dancer on the television reality show called Dancin’ On Air. She wanted to become a newscaster at that time. In order to fulfill her wish she often served as a cast news reporter. She grabbed the first opportunity of acting when she was selected for the role of Hayle Vaughan on the soap opera named All My Children. She first came to the limelight by contributing largely to ABC network through this serial.
She was selected as the replacement of Kathie Lee Gifford, the co-host of live! with Regis and Kathie Lee. Then the show was renamed as Live! with Kelly. In the year 2011, Ripa replaced the head of the show. In the year 2003, she was chosen for the role of Faith Fairfield on the ABC show named Hope and Faith.
Apart from starring in TV shows, she has also appeared in several featured films. In the year 1996 she acted in a movie “Marvin’s Room” where she shared the screen space with Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio.Ripa achieved the award of the best actress for her contribution in The Stand-In. She was also praised for her performance in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.
The 5 foot 2 inch petite personality was nominated for three of the Daytime Emmy Awards and five of the Soap Opera Digest Awards. She also broke the Guiness World Record in the year 2006 by having twenty four banana cream pies at her mouth in a single minute.
Kelly Ripa – Husband and Kids
Kelly met Mark Andrew Consuelos on the set of All My Children in the year 1995. He serves as a television and film actor. They got married on 1st May, 1996. They have three children named Lola Grace, Michael Joseph and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos.
In 2015, Kelly Ripa along with her husband, purchased a $27 million townhouse on the Upper East Side in the city of New York. The house was known to be the second costliest townhouse sold in the city in that year.
Kelly Ripa – Salary and Net Worth
She earns a salary of $20 million per year and her net worth is above $75 million. She is one of the highest earning celebrities on American TV. No wonder, Hollywood Reporter called her one of the most powerful people in the media.