Kelly Ripa, born on October 2, 1970, is a dancer, talk show host, actress, and television producer. Ripa’s best-known roles as an actress include ‘Faith Fairfield’ on the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith” and ‘Hayley Vaughan’ on the ABC daytime soap opera “All My Children.” Ripa co-hosts the morning talk show “Live With Kelly and Ryan” since 2001. Alongside her husband, Mark Consuelos, Ripa owns a New York-based production company, called Milojo. In 2014, she was mentioned by “The Hollywood Reporter” as one of the ‘Most Powerful People in Media.’ We’ll help you celebrate her special day right here.
Kelly Maria Ripa, daughter of Esther Ripa and Joseph Ripa, a bus driver labor union president, was born and raised in Berlin, New Jersey. Ripa’s sister, Linda, is a children’s book author. Ripa was raised Catholic and since 2009, her father has been the Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, New Jersey. She is also the first in her family to go into the acting profession. She started studying ballet when she was age three and also plays the piano. Graduating from Eastern Regional High School in New Jersey, Ripa was a cheerleader during her high school days. Her drama teacher in high school encouraged her to pursue acting. While in senior year, she was discovered while performing in “The Ugly Duckling” in a local theater production. She then moved on to attend Camden County College to study psychology but dropped out and relocated to New York City to pursue an acting career.
In 1986, Ripa’s first exposure to national television came when she was featured as a regular dancer on the television dance music reality television, “Dancin’ On Air,” which led to “Dance Party USA.” While her career goal was to be a newscaster at the time, she regularly handled the cast news reports. Ripa’s first major acting role was in 1990 when she played ‘Hayley Vaughan’, a troubled party girl, in “All My Children.” Her 12-year stint was concluded in 2002 but, to join in celebrating the soap opera’s 40th anniversary, she returned for two episodes in 2010.
Ripa’s career on “Live!” show started when replaced Kathie Lee Gifford and she was later announced as the official replacement on February 5, 2001. Ripa got credited for bringing a new freshness to the show as within months of her officially replacing Gifford, the young-audience demographic of the show, now renamed “Live With Regis and Kelly’s” increased by 80 percent. She is married to Mark Consuelos, who was a fellow actor in “All My Children” with whom she now shares three kids.
Ripa stars in "Dance Party USA."
Ripa is nominated for ‘Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama at the Daytime Emmy Award’ for her role in "All My Children."
She voices the character Future Bonnie in "Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time."
Ripa receives an invitation to participate in the series "Broad City," where she acts as herself in the episode 'Coat Check.'
Ripa plays the character Ms. Mulwray in the mega-hit teen series "Riverdale" in the episode 'Chapter Forty-Six: The Red Dahlia.'
Why We Love Kelly Ripa
She is an advocate
Kelly Ripa transformed a personal experience into a journey of advocacy. Her experience of her pregnant sister being hit by a drunk teen led to her strong passion for being a part of MADD.
She is talented
Ripa started as a dancer when she was three. She then moved on to be an actress, a T.V. producer, and a talk show host.
She always makes time for family
Despite her busy schedule, Ripa always makes time for family. She and her husband often text and FaceTime, doing what they can to ensure communication never stops while they are apart.
5 Surprising Facts
A Guinness World Record holder
Among others, Ripa holds a Guinness World Record for the most banana cream pies tossed in her mouth in one minute.
She and her husband broke up briefly before getting married and got married one day after getting back together.
She is an active participant in Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
She has tattoos
Ripa has a total of three tattoos.
She is terrified of public speeches
For someone who co-hosts a show viewed by millions, Ripa has admitted to being terrified of speaking physically in front of large groups.
Kelly Ripa FAQs
Is Kelly Ripa religious?
Ripa was raised Catholic.
What is the tattoo on Kelly Ripa's wrist?
The T.V. personality has ‘Consuelos’ tattooed on the inside of her wrist.
What is Kelly Ripa's favorite food?
She loves to eat a big salad of microgreens, including avocado and toasted nuts.
Kelly Ripa’s birthday dates