Kelly Ripa is a well known American television producer, talk show host and an actress. She tasted success by portraying the character of Hayley Vaughan in the daytime show of ABC channel called “All My Children”. She is serving as the co-host of morning talk show “Live! With Kelly and Michael”, which is broadcasted by ABC network. During 2003 to 2006, Kelly played the role of Faith Fairfield in the in the popular ABC channel’s show “Hope & Faith” and earned immense popularity. Apart from this, Kelly along with her husband, Mark Consuelos, own a New York based production company called “Milojo”. They were also termed as the “Most Powerful People in Media” by “The Hollywood Reporter “in 2012.
Early Life and Background
Kelly Ripa was born on 2nd October, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey. Her father, Joseph Ripa was a labor union president and bus driver while her mother, Esther, a home maker. She has a younger sister, Linda, who is a famous children’s book author. Kelly studied in Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township in New Jersey. During her school days, she was encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue a career in acting. She used to take part in various local theatres. Her talent as an actress was discovered by A.A Milne while she was performing in the play “The Ugly Duckling”. After graduating from school, she enrolled in Camden County College and studied psychology but later dropped out of college to pursue her passion for acting.
In the year 1986, Kelly Ripa got her first break in television world when she became a regular dancer in the reality show “Dancin’ On Air “. At that time she grew an interest to become a new caster and often used to serve as a cast news reporter. In the year 1990, Ripa won the major exposure in her career. She got the chance to play the character of Hayley Vaughan in ABC’s day time show “All My Children”. She served the show for almost 12 years and earned much popularity. On 5th February 2001, Kelly was selected as a replacement of Kathie Lee Gifford in the show “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee”. The show was later renamed as “Live! With Regis and Kelly”. In subsequent years, Michael Strahan started co-hosting the show with Kelly and is currently broadcasted with the name “Live! With Kelly and Michael”.
In September 2003, Kelly Ripa earned the opportunity to play the character of “Faith Fairfield” in the ABC’s primetime show “Hope & Faith”. She received huge media attention for this role. Apart from this, she has also acted in various movies. In the year 1996, she shared the screen space with Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep in the movie “Marvin’s Room”. In 1999, her acting skills in the movie “The Stand-In “ won her the best actress award in the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival .She has also lent her voice to animated film “Fly Me to the Moon”. Kelly along with her husband own a highly successful production company called “Milojo”. They established the company in the year 2007.
Not only that, she has been the spokes person for various companies which includes 7 UP, Tide, Pantene, Electrolux, Ryka and so on. She has also participated in many charity events to spread awareness on Ovarian Cancer. In the year 1999, after her sister met an almost fatal accident, she became a supporter of “Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)”.
Kelly Ripa has received various awards in her glorious career which includes “Daytime Emmy Awards For Outstanding Talk Show Host”, Soap Opera Digest Awards etc. On 15th September 2006, Ripa broke the Guinness World Record by putting twenty four banana cream pies in her mouth in a single minute.
The 1.60 meter Kelly Ripa married to Mark Consuelos on 1st May 1996. He was her co- star in “All My Children”. The couple has three children.
Kelly Ripa – Net Worth and Salary
Kelly Ripa has a net worth of $ 100 million. As per media reports, she earns an annual salary of $20 million from her daytime talk show “Live! With Kelly and Michael”.
Ripa and her husband bought a town-house worth $27.2 million on Upper East Side in New York City, in March 2015. It is a historical piece of property, dating back to 1882. The couple bought the house after it was renovated. The property includes five bedrooms, six bathrooms, an elevator that goes all the way from the basement to the terrace, a couple of fireplace and a beautiful rooftop garden.