Kelly Ripa Movies
, the bubbly, blonde, and garrulous host of Live With Regis and Kelly (formerly Live With Regis and Kathie Lee), made the leap from semi-obscurity to American icon in early 2001, when the producers of that nationally syndicated daytime talk program selected her as the replacement for 15-year hostess Kathie Lee Gifford
. Born October 2, 1970, to parents of mixed Irish and Italian heritage, the photogenic Ripa
began her career as an actress -- first in high-school productions, then as a participant on the USA channel's Dance Party USA, and finally as a soap opera star on All My Children
. Her portrayal of psychologically tortured teenager Hayley Vaughan on that program spanned 12 years, from 1990 through 2002. During her time with that series, she also met and married co-star Mark Consuelos
, and eventually had several children with him.
The actress' assignment on Live With Regis represented the denouement of a long, suspenseful, and nationally publicized search after Gifford
withdrew in mid-2000. In the final analysis, many insiders felt that executive producer Michael Gelman and others had clearly made the right choice, for then-30-year-old Ripa
's ascent to the co-host's chair helped the show reel in the highest ratings of its multi-decade run. Moreover, the program's fans asserted that the central banter between "Reege" and his hostess had never once been livelier, more entertaining or more fluid.
In mid-2003, the peppy Ripa
signed for another popular small-screen gig, albeit in a completely different venue: she and Faith Ford
) played reunited sisters -- Ripa
one of the glitterati, Ford
a low-key suburban wife and mother -- on the situation comedy Hope & Faith
. The program debuted that fall and lasted for three seasons. Ripa
guest-hosted Saturday Night Live
in November 2003; she and Regis
are also frequent guests on Late Night with David Letterman
. In addition to small-screen work, Ripa
's resumé includes a bit part in the Muppet specials Sesame Street: Elmo's World -- Happy Holidays!
and It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
, as well as the Steve Martin
comedy remake Cheaper by the Dozen
(2003). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi