Who is Kelly Monaco?

Kelly Marie Monaco was born on 23 May 1976 under the sign of Gemini, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, of Italian descent. She is a 43-year-old model, actress and reality TV star, probably best recognized for being the winner of the first season of “Dancing With The Stars”, as well as for playing Sam McCall in the ABC soap opera “General Hospital”.

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How rich is she, as of now? Kelly Monaco Net Worth

As of early 2020, Monaco’s net worth is estimated at over $4 million, earned from being active in the film industry since 1997, starring in a number of TV series and film titles. She has also increased her fortune as a model and reality TV star.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity,

Kelly Monaco spent one part of her childhood in her hometown of Philadelphia, until she moved with her family to the Poconos in Pennsylvania. She was raised the middle of five children by her father, Albert ‘Al’ Monaco, who was a hunter, and her mother, Carmina Monaco, who worked as a figure ice-skating instructor. She has four sisters named Amber, Carmina, Christine, and Marissa. Kelly’s nationality is American, and she belongs to White Caucasian ethnicity.

Educational Background

Kelly went to Poconos Mountain High School, where she took her first classes in acting, besides being active in athletics.

Upon matriculation, Kelly enrolled in Northampton Community College, but quit after two years. She spent some time working as a lifeguard at a local resort.

Career as a Model

Kelly Monaco started pursuing her professional career as a model when she sent one of her photos to the magazine ‘Playboy’ in 1996 – in April of the following year, Kelly was named the Playmate of the Month. As a ‘Playboy’ girl she has been featured in a number of their special edition publications, moreover, she graced the cover of ‘Maxim’ magazine in 2005, and featured in the ‘Maxim’ 2006 Hot 100 list. Three years later, she was named as the sexiest cover model of the decade.

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Career as an Actress

Kelly Monaco started her acting career by playing several small roles in the NBC action drama series “Baywatch”, between 1997 and 1998. She also served as the body double of Carmen Electre in the show, since Carmen couldn’t swim. In 1998, Kelly appeared as pole-dancing cheerleader Sharon in the sports comedy film “BASEketball”, followed by her portrayal of a baywatch woman guard in the mockumentary film “Welcome To Hollywood”, directed by Adam Rifkin.

Thereafter, Kelly landed the role of Tiffany in the 1999 dark comedy film “Idle Hands”, starring next to Seth Green and Jessica Alba, and during the same year featured as Centerfold Elaina in Steven Brill’s made-for-television comedy film “Late Last Night”, alongside Steven Weber and Emilio Estevez. She also played the daughter of Landlady in the comedy-drama film “Mumford”, both in 1999.

Rise to Prominence and “Port Charles”

Kelly’s major role came when she was chosen to portray the main role of Olivia ‘Livvie’ Locke Morley in the ABC soap opera “Port Charles”, from 2000 to 2003; she also played Tess Ramsey in the same series between 2002 and 2003. It earned her a nomination for Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2003.

Side by side she guest-starred as a nurse in an episode of the ABC sitcom “Spin City” in 2001.

Worldwide Fame and “General Hospital”

Kelly Monaco gained international fame with the role of Samantha ‘Sam’ McCall in the soap opera “General Hospital” – the series was created by Frank and Doris Hursley, premiered on 1 October 2003, and is still aired on the ABC network. It. For her work on ‘General Hospital’, Kelly received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2006. Her other roles include Ruby Monroe in the made-for-television drama film “Football Wives” (2007), and Julie in the made-for-television drama fantasy film “The Edge Of The Garden” (2011), directed by Michael Scott.

Reality TV Series and Other Projects

Kelly Monaco is also known as a reality TV personality. She participated as a contestant in the first season of the dance competition series “Dancing With The Stars”, which premiered in June 2005 on the ABC network. She was partnered with professional dancer Alec Mazo, and they became the winners. Thereafter, Kelly performed in the role of Bo Peep in the burlesque act “Peepshow” at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, located in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2009.

During the same year, she served as a judge at the Miss USA pageant, after being chosen by Paula Shugart and Donald Trump. Kelly then appeared in her own reality show, entitled “Dirty Soap”, which aired on the E! network in 2011.

In 2012, she participated in the 15th season of “Dancing With The Stars”, paired with dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and they finished in third place.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The beautiful actress has long dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 3ins (1.60m), weighs around 95lbs (43kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-21-31. Her bra size is 34D, dress size 2 (US), and shoe size 6.5 (US).

Personal Life

Kelly Monaco met her first boyfriend Mike Gonzalez while they were attending the same high school. They started their relationship, even worked together as lifeguards, and attended the same college.

After dating for 18 years, the couple ended their relationship in 2009. Most recently, it was rumored that she is romantically involved with her ‘General Hospital’ co-star Billy Miller, however, they claimed that they are just friends. Her current residence is in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Charity Work

Kelly Monaco is also known for her charity work – in July 2009, she was a part of the program sponsored by Feed the Children and traveled with some other celebrity personalities to Kenya, Africa, to help children in schools and orphanages. During the same year, she served as a volunteer on the campaign ‘iParticipate’.

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