co-host of "Live! With Kelly and Michael"
Kelly Maria Ripa was born on October 2, 1970 in Stratford, NJ. She graduated from Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, where she was a cheerleader and was later encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue acting. She attended Camden County College studying psychology, but dropped out and moved to New York City to be an actress. Ripa's first national television exposure came in 1986 when she appeared as a regular dancer on "Dancin' On Air" and would often do news reports on the show. The role that made Ripa a star was in 1990 as Hayley Vaughan, a troubled party girl, on the soap "All My Children" and she stayed in the role for 12 years, doing two guest appearances in 2010 to help celebrate the show's 40th anniversary.
In 2000, after co-host Kathie Lee Gifford's final show on "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee", Regis Philbin began holding on-air auditions to find Gifford's replacement. Philbin later said that Ripa was first among the potential candidates including Jane Krakowski, Valerie Bertinelli, Dolly Parton, and Bernadette Peters. She was announced as official replacement on February 5, 2001. Within months, the renamed "Live! with Regis and Kelly"'s young-audience demographics increased by 80 percent with Ripa credited for bringing "a new life to the show." Ripa replaced Philbin when he retired as the head of the show in November 2011. Michael Strahan was announced as a new co-host and "Live! with Kelly and Michael" premiered September 4, 2012.
Ripa is also known for her role as Faith Fairfield on the short-lived "Hope & Faith." Additionally, Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos own a New York based production company, Milojo; and in 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media.
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