Denomination: Roman Catholic
She was born October 2, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey. Her father Joe, a labor union president, and her mother Esther, a
homemaker, eventually moved to Berlin, New Jersey, where Kelly grew up with younger sister Linda, now a children's book author.
Kelly's foray into show business was somewhat of a fluke. After performing in her senior high-school play, The Ugly Duckling, she was encouraged to pursue acting. She had studied ballet since age three and played the piano but had not considered entertaining as a career.
Ripa's first television exposure came when she appeared as a regular dancer first in local Philadelphia dance party show, Dancin' On Air. Later she appeared on a nationally syndicated dance show, Dance Party USA before she acquired her first major acting role in 1990 as goth teen turned suffering heroine Hayley Vaughan on the soap opera All My Children. While there, the character would become a popular fixture.
1986–1992 Dance Party USA, 1990–2002, 2010 All My Children, 1996 Marvin's Room, 2000–present Live! with Regis and Kelly, Live! with Kelly, 2003–2006 Hope & Faith, 2007 50 Funniest Women
Alive, 2007, 2012 TV Land Awards, 2010 Homemade Millionaire, 2011 Live from Lincoln Center, Hillary Clinton for President
Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Board of Advisors (2003-05)
Endorsement of General Motors OnStar (2007)
Endorsement of McDonald's (1990)
Wedding: Al Reynolds and Star Jones (2004)
Wedding: Donald Trump and Melania Knauss (2005)
Wedding: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky (2008)
1986 - 1990
1990 - 2002
2001 - 2009
2002 - 2012
2007 - 2012