Kelly Ripa

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Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey) is an American actress and talk show host. Since February 2001, she has served as the co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, alongside Regis Philbin. She is also known for her acting on All My Children and Hope & Faith, both television series on ABC.

Ripa is of Italian and Irish descent. While attending Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, Ripa began acting in high school plays. This led to roles at local theaters and a regular spot on the USA Network's Dance Party USA – an afternoon teen music program. She was then cast as gothic teen turned suffering heroine Hayley Vaughan on the soap opera All My Children. Starting on the show in 1990, the character of Hayley quickly drew a large following.

In early 1995 her character was paired with Mark Consuelos' character, Mateo Santos. A romance blossomed between the castmates, with Ripa and Consuelos eloping in 1996. Eventually, they had three children — Michael Joseph Consuelos, born June 2, 1997; Lola Grace Consuelos, born June 16, 2001; and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos, born February 24, 2003. In a mutual decision, the couple left All My Children in December 2002.

In September 2003, Ripa was a co-star (with Faith Ford) on her first sitcom, Hope & Faith. She portrayed Faith, a former soap star whose character is killed off and who moves in with her sister Hope's family, creating havoc for the family and often antagonizing Hope and her husband, Charlie. Hope & Faith was not renewed for a fourth season in May 2006 after the 2005-2006 season saw a significant decline in ratings.

On Saturday Night Live skits about Live with Regis and Kelly, the role of Kelly Ripa is played by Amy Poehler. When Ripa hosted SNL in November 2003, in the Live with Regis and Kelly skit, Poehler appeared as Ripa and Ripa as Angelina Jolie. In another skit, Ripa spoofed the ubiquitous hair coloring ads in which she has appeared (in this skit, Ripa prefers Tressant Suprême because a main ingredient is crack cocaine, thus explaining her stereotypical "peppy" persona). In another episode, she had a cameo as herself in a skit about Bangkok, Thailand with Ben Affleck. She also appeared in an opening skit with Steve Martin as the host, where they have dinner until Martin finds out that Alec Baldwin is about to host the show again.

She has also made fun of herself on Family Guy, voicing herself. In the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1", Peter Griffin found a genie in a beer bottle and his first wish was to see Kelly Ripa behind the scenes. The genie opened a magic window onto Ripa's Live with Regis and Kelly dressing room, showing Ripa ripping off her human face to show an ugly alien face, then going to a tied-up human, removing his heart and eating it.

Ripa won three Soap Opera Digest Awards for playing Hayley on All My Children in 1996, 1998 & 2000. She has been nominated for 8 Daytime Emmy Awards. Three of these nominations were for playing Hayley on All My Children, and 5 were for performing hosting duties alongside Regis.

In April 2006, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special for co-hosting the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade with Regis Philbin and Ryan Seacrest.

On September 14, 2006, Ripa broke the world record for custard pie throwing, beating a record held by NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth. She threw 24 custard pies in one minute, beating Kenseth's record of 17 pies set a week earlier on her show when he threw them at Ripa. A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was on hand to certify both claims.

* Regis refers to Kelly as "Pipa."
* She often vacations in the Hamptons in the summer and in Nevis in the winter with her family.
* She loves to watch reality television, including The Contender, The Bachelor, The Apprentice, Wife Swap, and Survivor.
* Kelly refers to Regis as her oldest son.
* She can be heard at the end of Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole" single, saying "Let's hear it for Nine Inch Nails! Woo! They were good!" The clip was taken from a Nine Inch Nails appearance on Dance Party USA.
* She and husband, Mark, attended Donald Trump's wedding to Melania Knauss.
* Has been on numerous magazine covers such as People magazine.
* Has been named one of "The 50 Most Beautiful People" on several occasions.[citation needed]
* On Scrubs, the characters have used "Kelly Ripa" as a verb (e.g. "You've been Kelly Ripa'd") to describe the act of intentionally and temporarily misleading someone for humorous effect, referencing something commonly done by Ripa on her show.
* Is a big Philadelphia Eagles fan.
* Is a fan of The View.[citation needed]
* Like Regis, Kelly is not well-versed in using computers; she asks her husband for assistance.
* As stated on her show, Regis and Kelly - she and husband, Mark, named their third child, Joaquin, after Joaquin Phoenix because he is her favorite actor and celebrity crush - 2006
* Kelly and her husband, Mark Consuelos, are good friends with New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, and Randolph's wife, Gretchen.
* Kelly's father, Joseph Ripa, is a freeholder for Camden County, New Jersey.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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