From Daytime TV To Motherhood, Kelly Ripa Can Do It All

Kelly Ripa is the queen of morning television. Having hosted ABC talk show Live for nearly two decades, Ripa often begins the show with candid updates about her life. From her marriage to Riverdale’s Mark Consuelos (23 years and counting!) to raising her three kids— Michael, Lola, and Joaquin—Ripa seems to have it all. But while television hosting comes naturally to her, it hasn’t come without its own drama. That, coupled with her hard parenting style, reveals that there’s a lot hidden underneath Kelly Ripa’s perky personality.

Kelly Ripa Was A Cheerleader In New Jersey

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Kelly Ripa was born on October 2, 1970 and grew up in Berlin, New Jersey. Having studied ballet since the age of three and having a talent for the piano, it wasn’t far off to assume that Ripa would enter the entertainment business.

A cheerleader throughout high school, Ripa found encouragement from her drama teacher to pursue acting. Ripa has said, "I owe so much of my career to Jim Beckley," who believed Ripa was a natural performer.