This year’s host of the TV Land Awards is an accomplished actress (“All My Children,” “Hope & Faith”), talk show host (“Live! With Kelly”), wife, mother, and even … TV Land Awards host (she first hosted in 2007). Think you know everything there is to know about the talented and charismatic Kelly Ripa? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to revisit 10 of her biggest career — and life — highlights.
In 1991, Kelly Ripa joined the cast of “All My Children” as Hayley Vaughan, the daughter of Adam Chandler and Arlene Dillon; she would stay for 12 seasons and become one of the soap opera’s most beloved actors. The year she joined the show, she had fun for a good cause at the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Benefit.
Though she’d attend plenty of awards shows throughout her career, the 1993 Daytime Emmy Awards was one of Ripa’s earliest galas. Here she posed with Matt Borlenghi, who played Hayley’s first boyfriend and fiance, Brian Bodine. Their relationship was broken up by Hayley’s dad Adam, because he’s kind of a buzzkill.
If you asked Ripa, no doubt she’d say that her biggest accomplishment on “All My Children” was meeting her husband, Mark Consuelos, who played her on-screen boyfriend — later husband — Mateo Santos. The two were inseparable almost from their first scene together, and they eloped to Las Vegas in 1996, the year this picture was taken.
When Regis Philbin’s “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford resigned, the show had to find a replacement; Philbin remembered how vivacious a guest Kelly Ripa had been a few years back, and he asked her to audition. Sparks, as they say, flew, and Ripa was named the permanent co-host of “Live With Regis and Kelly” in February 2001. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Ripa tried her hand at sitcoms when she starred alongside Faith Ford (also honored at this year’s TV Land Awards, as part of the cast of “Murphy Brown”) on the ABC show “Hope & Faith.” Ripa played Faith Fairfield, a former soap star (!!) who has to move in with her sister after her character is killed off the show. The show debuted in September 2003 and ran for three seasons. In this photo, Ripa and Ford show off-screen solidarity by working at a bake sale.
Ripa’s pride and joy are her three kids with husband Mark Consuelos. Michael Joseph was born in 1997, Lola Grace in 2001, and Joaquin Antonio in 2003. Here they are in 2003, shortly after Joaquin Antonio’s birth, to see the Broadway musical “A Year With Toad & Frog.”
This isn’t Kelly Ripa’s first time hosting the TV Land Awards. She first took the reins as host in 2007, soaring through the air in the opening ceremonies as The Flying Nun.
Since 2004, Ripa has hosted the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Super Saturday with Donna Karan and various other celebrities (this year, the co-hosts include Emma Roberts and InStyle editor Ariel Foxman). In 2007 she did her part on the ground, sifting through the goods at the designer garage sale.
Regis Philbin’s retirement in 2011 meant that Ripa had to say goodbye to her talk-show partner of 11 years. In his final show on November 18, 2011, the two embraced as Ripa said, “Thank you for everything. I love you.” The following Monday, the show had a new title — “Live! With Kelly” — with Ripa, for now, serving as the show’s sole host.
Always known for her sense of fashion, Ripa looked regal at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars party, where, as a refreshing change of pace, she got to chat up celebrities for fun and not work.