Kelly Ripa joined All My Children, in the role of Hayley Vaughan, in November 1990.
Kelly, who sees a little bit of herself in Hayley, had been attending Camden Community College in New Jersey and had performed in local theater productions, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Wizard of Oz, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, before coming to the show.
Her entry into acting came suddenly. After performing in her senior high school play, The Ugly Duckling, she was approached by her current manager, Cathy Parker, and encouraged to pursue acting. Kelly, who has one sibling, is the first in her family to enter the acting profession. She has studied ballet since age three, plays the piano and, in her words, is "no Barbra Streisand but can carry a tune."
In the late 1980s, Kelly was a regular on the USA cable network's Dance Party USA.
In 2001, Ripa was named permanent co-host to Regis Philbin on Philbin's Live. Ripa had sat in on numerous occasions as a temporary co-host.
In the summer of 1996, Kelly married her on-screen sweetheart Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos) in a very hush-hush wedding. The news of the couple's marriage did not surface for several months after the said their "I Do"s. Then on June 2, 1997, Kelly and Mark welcomed their first child -- Michael Joseph Consuelos. On Saturday, June 16, 2001, the couple welcomed their second child, Lola Grace weighing in at 8lbs 3oz.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Stratford, New Jersey
BIRTHDATE: October 2, 1970
HAIR: Blonde (Naturally Brown)
MARITAL STATUS: Married; Mark Consuelos [May 1, 1996 to Present]
CHILDREN: Son, Michael Joseph Consuelos [Jun 2, 1997]; Daughter, Lola Grace [Jun 16, 2001; 8lbs 3oz.]; Son, Joaquin Antonio [Feb 24, 2003; 8lbs 5oz.]