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Born: October 2, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Stratford, New Jersey, USA Profession: TV host, actor

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With her ability to balance dramatic and comedic television roles with a successful family life and morning talk-show, Kelly Ripa proved to be a paradigm of the modern working mother. Though her coy sex appeal and dramatic flair contributed to a 12-year career on the long-time soap "All My Children" (ABC, 1970- ), it was Ripa's vibrant personality and unique sense of humor that made her a morning talk show star. Able to stand on her own opposite the brazen antics of television veteran Regis Philbin, Ripa breathed new life into "Live with Regis and Kelly" (ABC, 1988- ). Ripa's down-to-earth personality and willingness to share her off-camera life with viewers quickly made her one of the most popular names on morning talk-show circuit.Born Oct. 2, 1970 in Stratford, NJ to Joseph and Esther Ripa, the actress was raised in Voorhees, NJ, where she attended Eastern Regional High School. A dancer since the age of three, Ripa took up theater as a teenager, performing in her high school production of "The Ugly Duckling." After graduating in 1989, Ripa attended Camden Community College in Camden, NJ and performed in local theater productions, including "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Wizard of Oz" and "A Connecticut...

With her ability to balance dramatic and comedic television roles with a successful family life and morning talk-show, Kelly Ripa proved to be a paradigm of the modern working mother. Though her coy sex appeal and dramatic flair contributed to a 12-year career on the long-time soap "All My Children" (ABC, 1970- ), it was Ripa's vibrant personality and unique sense of humor that made her a morning talk show star. Able to stand on her own opposite the brazen antics of television veteran Regis Philbin, Ripa breathed new life into "Live with Regis and Kelly" (ABC, 1988- ). Ripa's down-to-earth personality and willingness to share her off-camera life with viewers quickly made her one of the most popular names on morning talk-show circuit.

Born Oct. 2, 1970 in Stratford, NJ to Joseph and Esther Ripa, the actress was raised in Voorhees, NJ, where she attended Eastern Regional High School. A dancer since the age of three, Ripa took up theater as a teenager, performing in her high school production of "The Ugly Duckling." After graduating in 1989, Ripa attended Camden Community College in Camden, NJ and performed in local theater productions, including "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Wizard of Oz" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." Ripa made her first television appearance in 1989 as a dancer on "Dance Party USA" (USA, 1986-1992) and made her acting debut the following year as Hayley Vaughan on the longtime soap "All My Children." Ripa's character quickly caught on with viewers of the show, proving to be a steady gig for the actress. Ripa remained with the series for a 12-year run. The show also played a pivotal role in Ripa's personal life; paired with actor Mark Consuelos on the series in 1995, the onscreen couple fell in love off-screen as well, eloping to Las Vegas, NV in 1996.

Ripa branched out from "Children" to pursue a number of other projects. In 1992, she co-hosted the short-lived syndicated series, "Music Scoupe." She went on to land a number of small film roles as well, appearing as a soap opera star in the film "Marvin's Room" (1996) and starring in the independent film, "The Stand-In" (1999), for which Ripa won the award for Best Actress at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. After serving as guest host of "Live with Regis" (NBC, 1988- ) a total of nine times in 2000, Ripa was asked to step in as co-host of the morning talk show alongside Philbin after the departure of his longtime co-host, Kathy Lee Gifford. Ripa made her debut as the series' co-host on Feb. 12, 2001 and quickly became popular with viewers.

Finishing a 12-year run on "All My Children" in 2002 - along with Consuelos - Ripa continued to act while serving as co-host of "Regis and Kelly." Venturing into primetime television in 2002, Ripa appeared in a recurring role on the NBC drama "Ed" (2000-04) and went on to star alongside Faith Ford in the ABC sitcom, "Hope & Faith" (2003-06) as Faith Fairfield, a soap opera star who moves in with her sister after her character is killed off. Though the series initially returned favorable ratings during its first two seasons, its ranking began to slip and the series was cancelled in 2006.

Ripa continued to excel as host of "Regis and Kelly," however, and the break from acting allowed her to focus more on family life - a family she discussed with such humor and detail that viewers felt they had grown up watching the Consuelos/Ripa children, Michael, Lola and Joaquin. Ripa's ability to relate her home life and role as a mother became one of her major selling points on the morning show, as did her fearlessness at making a fool out of herself, be it dancing or getting a pie in the face. The series went on to earn numerous Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment, and for Ripa herself, nominations with Philbin for Outstanding Host of a Talk Show. In October 2009, Ripa announced on her morning show that she and Consuelos would be returning to "All My Children" after eight years in celebration of the program's 40th anniversary in January 2010.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003) Voice Of Future Bonnie
4.
 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) Voice Of Rocky
5.
 Cheaper By the Dozen (2003) Herself
7.
 Marvin's Room (1996) Amber & Coral
9.
 Intimate Portrait: Susan Lucci (2003) Interviewee
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Performed in local amateur theater in New Jersey
1989:
Appeared as a dancer on "Dance Party USA"
1990:
In November, joined cast of the ABC serial "All My Children" as Hayley Vaughan
1994:
Co-hosted the syndicated series "Music Scoupe"; canceled after only a few airings
1996:
Appeared on the TV soap opera within the film "Marvin's Room"
2000:
Made a total of nine appearances as guest host of "Live With Regis" (syndicated)
1999:
Had leading role in the festival-screened feature "The Stand-In"
2001:
As of February 12, joined Regis Philbin as permanent co-host of "Live With Regis and Kelly" (syndicated); simultaneously continued acting on "All My Children"
2002:
Earned Daytime Emmy nominations as both Outstanding Host of a Talk Show (shared with Regis Philbin) and as Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on "All My Children"
2003:
Made transition into TV-comedy by starring on the sitcom "Faith and Hope"
2006:
Earned Daytime Emmy nominations for co-hosting "Live with Regis & Kelly" and the "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade"
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Education

Camden Community College: Camden , New Jersey -
Eastern Regional High School: Vorhees , New Jersey - 1989

Notes

"Nobody should be impressed by me. It's very silly to think I'm having a hard time of it, just because I have two jobs and two kids. Puh-leez. The two salaries afford me a nice lifestyle, I can hire people to help me and I have a working spouse. I'm fascinated and deeply impressed by single moms who juggle jobs and kids. They are the ones we should be in awe of." --Kelly Ripa quoted in TV Guide, August 18, 2001.

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husband:
Mark Consuelos. Actor. Played on screen lovers in "All My Children" from 1995; eloped to Las Vegas in 1996.

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father:
Joseph Ripa. Bus driver, labor union president.
mother:
Esther Ripa.
sister:
Linda Ripa. Author, former mortgage underwriter. Born c. 1973; writes children's books.
son:
Michael Joseph Consuelos. Born in June 1997.
daughter:
Lola Grace Consuelos. Born on June 16, 2001.
son:
Joaquin Consuelos. Born on February 24, 2003.
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