Kelly Maria Ripa Consuelos (born October 2, 1970) is an American television host and actress. Since February 2001, she has served as the co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, along with Regis Philbin. Earlier in her career, Ripa played Hayley Vaughan for 12 years on the soap opera All My Children; she also played Faith Fairfield on Hope & Faith. Both were television series on ABC.
Kelly Ripa was born in Stratford, New Jersey, the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor union president and bus driver. She has a younger sister, Linda Ripa, who is a children's author. Ripa's father has been the Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, New Jersey since June 2009. She is believed to be a Democrat and has appeared at Democratic fundraisers for her father. Kelly also appeared on the television show Hannah Montana Forever, as she was interviewing Miley after she told her secret.
Ripa went to Berlin Community School in Berlin, New Jersey, later attending Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.