Kelly Maria Ripa is a versatile personality who handles multiple careers. The American-born public figure is an actress, talk show host, dancer, and television producer. She rose to fame during the late 90s by acting as Haley Vaughan on All My Children, which was a soap opera owned by ABC. She is most popular as the co-host of the talk show Live With Kelly.
Kelly Ripa was born on 2 October 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey to Esther and Joseph Ripa. Her father was the president of a labor union and drove a bus. Kelly Ripa’s sister Linda is the author of a children’s book. Her family was a Roman Catholic and Ripa was the first in line from her family to pursue acting as a profession.
Kelly joined ballet classes at the tender age of 3 and can play the piano. She was actively involved as a cheerleader during her high school days in Eastern Regional High school which was in Voorhes Township. In one of her interviews, she said her drama teacher encouraged her to pursue acting and also gave her the lead in his show. Her acting talent was discovered while she was in her senior years during a performance in The Ugly Duckling.
Career: The multi-talented star’s exposure in national Tv happened when she participated in a dance show Dancin’ On Air in 1986. During those days she wanted to be a newscaster and she was pursuing her career as one.
Ripa got her first major role in acting in the year 1990 in the film All My Children where she acted as a troubled party girl. She played the role of Haley Vaughan for 12 years till 2002 and took a break. In the 40th anniversary of the soap opera, she appeared again to help out in two episodes in 2010.
The talk show Live With Regis And Kelly started in February 2001 and Kelly was credited with bringing live to the show. The duo’s conversations and interviews about personal lives, family, and New York City got around 6 million viewership daily. However, in 2011, her co-host announced his resignation and Ripa took over the talk show and renamed it Live With Kelly. Her show won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2012 for outstanding talk show.
Kelly Ripa moved into primetime in 2003 and acted as Faith Fairfield on Hape & Faith. The soap opera that was aired on ABC was a hit but she resigned declaring it was too taxing and she never wanted to go that far again. She also appeared in films like Marvin’s Room along with Leonardo Di Caprio and Meryl Streep.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is among the most powerful people when it comes to media and People’s named her as one of the most intriguing people. She serves as a spokesperson for multiple companies. Side by side, Ripa also lends her image for selling materials and online owing to her fit lifestyle.
Kelly Ripa along with her husband founded the Milojo production company in 2007. It started well with an Emmy-nominated feature documentary entitled The Streak. Their second film Off The Rez went ahead and was accepted by the Tribeca Film Festival.
Kelly Ripa is a staunch supporter of the ovarian cancer cause and contributes to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. She dedicates the cause to her friend whom she lost to cancer. She also actively participates in Mothers Against Drunk Driving and says she draws her motivation from her sister whom she almost lost in 1999. Her sister was nearly killed by a drunk driver.
Kelly Ripa Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $110 Million US Dollars
The New Jersey-born actress and daytime tv host are worth a whopping $110 million US dollars as of 2017. Her yearly salary comes to around $20 million. Owing to her multiple profession and the fame and fan following she has, it not surprising. The net worth is calculated from all the income from her different career professions.
It is amazing how a mother of three can juggle so many careers at a time while still maintaining a fit health. Seemingly, she makes smart choices when it comes to what she gets her feet into. Kelly Ripa is one of the most dynamic personalities around and she is a role model for millions of women worldwide and men too.