Kelly Maria Ripa ( born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer.

Since 2001, Ripa has been the co-host of the syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Ryan in various formats.

Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, own a New York-based production company, Milojo.

In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media.

Kelly Maria Ripa was born and raised in Berlin, New Jersey

Her father has been the Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, New Jersey, since June 2009.

Ripa graduated from Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

During her high school years she was a cheerleader and was encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue acting.

Ripa is a supporter of the ovarian cancer cause, and has teamed with Electrolux to raise funds for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.