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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
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