The Unofficial Kelly Ripa Wiki
Since her first appearance on national TV in 1986, Kelly Ripa has appeared in a variety of shows and movies. She has won several awards and become a household name in America. In this guide, we take a look at her life and career.
Kelly Ripa Filmography
|Year||Title||Role||Type of Media|
|1986 - 1992||Dance Party USA||Dancer||Television|
|1990 - 2002||All My Children||Hayley Vaughan||Television|
|2000 - Present||Live!||Co-Host||Television|
|2001 - 2009||Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade||Co-Host||Television|
|2003 - 2006||Hope & Faith||Faith Fairfield||Television|
Charities Kelly Ripa Supports
- OCRFA: Working to cure ovarian cancer
- Tomorrow's Children Fund: Helping children with cancer
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Keeping our roads safe
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Known for her charisma and accessible nature, Kelly Maria Ripa is an American actress. In addition to her performance roles, she is a dancer, producer, and talk show host. During her career, the energetic television personality has received multiple awards and started her own company. Her interesting background has been peppered with compelling projects.
Ripa was born in Stratford New Jersey in October of 1970. She was raised as a Roman Catholic by her parents, Joseph and Esther. Her only sister, Linda, is a children's book author.
Beginning at age three, Kelly studied ballet. She also learned piano and how to sing. In high school, the bubbly teenager was a cheerleader and actress. She was inspired by her drama teacher Jim Beckley, who gave her a lead role in a play. Bolstered with confidence, Ripa starred in local theatre productions around town. Always bursting with energy, she appeared as a regular on "Dancin' On Air." This led to a more visible spot on "Dance Party USA," a telecast that ran on the cable network USA.
While attending Camden County College, she would take a Greyhound bus to New York City for auditions. Though she was studying psychology in school, Ripa soon dropped out to pursue acting full time. At age nineteen she landed a spot on the soap opera, "All My Children." Cast as troubled teen Hayley Vaughan, she quickly became a fan favorite. During her twelve year span on the show, she fell in love with her co-star Mark Consuelos. The couple eloped in 1996, and the romance boosted her celebrity status. That same year she secured the role of Coral in "Marvin's Room," and began to add film credits to her resume.
In 2000, Ripa made it to the next step in her career. As a frequent guest on "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee," her sparkly personality had created a lasting impression. When Kathie Lee decided to leave the broadcast, Kelly was invited to audition on-air. Her episode featured psychic Char Margolis, who predicted she was pregnant with her second child. Unable to maintain the mystery, she divulged her secret by saying "I haven't told my boss yet!" The audience reacted audibly. Her spontaneous truth telling and connection with viewers landed her the job.
Kelly would continue to host "Live!" for over a decade. She is credited with injecting new life into the show with her wit and vibrant disposition. After she took on the role, the young audience viewership increased by 80 percent. Her chemistry with Regis Philbin was considered to be exceptional. When he retired in 2011, she stayed on the production with a rotating list of co hosts. During this time, she also broke into primetime television. She starred in "Hope and Faith," a sitcom on ABC. It ran for three years and was well received.
Outside of television, Ripa is an active philanthropist. As an advocate for the ovarian cancer cause, she hosts an event every summer. Called "Super Saturday," she uses her influence to fundraise millions of dollars for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She has raised money for a nonprofit organization that specializes in healing children with blood disorders. After her sister Linda was nearly killed by an intoxicated driver in 1999, Kelly was motivated to get involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Ripa's extensive career includes commercials, voice acting for animated projects and multiple co hosting jobs. She has been a brand ambassador for Electrolux, Ryka, Jif, Pantene and more. Her cameo work involves stints on shows like "Broad City" and films such as "Cheaper by the Dozen." Kelly is known as one of the hardest working women in show business. She is particularly renowned for playing herself across a myriad of programs, even when assuming a character role.
In 2007, she and her husband created a production company called Milojo. The name is a combination of letters inspired by their children, Michael, Lola, and Joaquin. Specializing in documentaries, shorts, reality television and serials, the venture has garnered an Emmy nod for its efforts. They have had features premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and worked with TLC and The Discovery Channel.
The ultimate dream for Ripa is to continue working behind the camera as a writer. Although her production company gives her that option, she has stated that she can't imagine completely leaving on air enterprises. The busy celebrity keeps her exceptionally impressive resume full of projects.