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"I try to make my heart beat out of my chest, hard-core, once a day for at least a half hour. I think that’s very important."

Career highlights

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1990

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Lands All My Children

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2001

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Debuts as co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly

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2002

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End of an Era
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Kelly Ripa

Career highlights

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1990

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Lands All My Children
After dropping out of college to pursue acting full-time in New York, Ripa is cast as troubled party girl Hayley Vaughan on the ABC soap All My Children. On the set, she meets Mark Consuelos, a newly hired actor to play her love interest. They began dating in real life, and in 1996, they elope in Las Vegas.

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2001

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Debuts as co-host on Live with Regis and Kelly
Ripa beats out fellow stars Dolly Parton and Valerie Bertinelli when she’s named co-host of Live. Bringing a new life to the show, young viewers increase by 80 percent and the blonde beauty is also named one of People’s 25 Most Intriguing.

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2002

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End of an Era
Ripa ends her 12-year run on All My Children, bringing home three Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the process. Her and hubby Mark Consuelos welcome their third child.

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2003

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Stars on Hope & Faith
Ripa returns to acting with a starring role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. It's canceled after three seasons but Ripa is relieved, telling Shape, "I was so over extended. I told Mark when the sitcom ended that I never wanted to work that hard again."

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2007

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Covers Shape
Ripa appears on the cover of the May issue of Shape clad in a red-hot bikini while <em>Live</em> celebrates its 20th anniversary. She heats up the cover again in November 2008.

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2012

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Premiere of Live! with Kelly and Michael
Regis Philbin announces his retirement and after almost a year of auditions, former NFL player Michael Strahan joins Ripa as new co-host of Live!

As one of the most charismatic females on television, Kelly Ripa is best known for co-hosting the incredibly popular morning talk show, Live! With Kelly and Michael on ABC. Born in Stratford, NJ, on October 2, 1970, it seemed she was destined to perform and entertain. She studied ballet at age three and played piano, and was even a cheerleader in high school. It was her drama teacher that encouraged her to pursue acting, so she eventually moved to New York City to try her hand in showbiz.

Aside from local TV gigs, her first national exposure came in 1986 when she appeared as a dancer on Dance Party USA. Then came the role of a lifetime in 1990 when she was cast as troubled party girl Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, a lucrative gig that would last 12 years. In 2001, Ripa joined co-host Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly, replacing longtime co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. Their chemistry was so sparkling, it attracted a loyal following of 6 million viewers daily and launched Ripa into mainstream television superstardom. In 2011, Philbin announced his retirement, so the show began looking for his replacement. Eventually, former NFL player Michael Strahan was announced as the new co-host and Live! with Kelly and Michael premiered on September 4, 2012, winning its first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show just a few months earlier.

Named among People’s Most Intriguing People and one of the Most Powerful People in Media according to the Hollywood Reporter, Ripa has been spokesperson for Tide, 7 Up, Pantene, Electrolux, and Ryka, to name a few. Showcasing her commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle, Ripa also launched her own fitness-inspired line, The Kelly Ripa Collection, and by the looks of her insanely fit figure, it’s no surprise! The blonde beauty is known to work extremely hard for her bod, crediting trainer Anna Kaiser of AKT in Motion for her killer ripped physique. "I come to AKT minimally four times a week. In the summer, I try to go six times a week. I love fitness. I love what it does for my body, but I love what it does for my mind more," she says. "I feel like Anna has changed my life in a very profound way. She makes me feel like impossible things are possible. When I met her, I was not very flexible; I had limited motion; I had some back and neck issues and she's really changed all of that for me." Kristen Aldridge

Trivia

Best beauty secret
Botox
What she'd never give up
Cheese
Hobby
Biking
Go-to snack
Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers