Kelly Ripa is so much more than an iconic TV host and longtime soap star. She’s a doting mom of three to kids Michael, Joaquin, and Lola Consuelos. She’s one-half of Hollywood’s hottest couple. She’s a human beam of sunshine. And today, she’s 50 years old (happy birthday!), marking five decades of Kelly Ripa gold we’ve been granted by this lovable star. Whether you first fell in love with Ripa on All My Children or stumbled across her on Live with Kelly and Ryan, the age of Kelly Ripa’s reign in entertainment is far from over, and we’re so happy to welcome you to the fandom.
So, where do we even begin with the saga that is Ripa? Her first star turn was undoubtedly playing Hayley Vaughan on All My Children, where she also met husband Mark Consuelos. But Ripa truly came into her own when she took over Kathy Lee Gifford’s role on Live!, spending over a decade making talk show history with Regis Philbin. With her girl-next-door charm, feisty, passionate outlook on life, and clear adoration for her tight-knit fam, we can’t help but smile whenever we see Ripa on our screens. Judging by the numbers watching Ripa’s talk shows, we are far from alone.
So, in honor of this American legend hitting the big 5-0, we’re taking a look back at her journey to the woman she is today, from her early childhood to making it in NYC, growing a family, and more. Here’s to Kelly Ripa’s best birthday yet!