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Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa, co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show "Live with Regis and Kelly," has one of the most sought-after seats in television. In her past two years hosting with Regis Philbin, she has received two Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Ripa recently concluded a 12-year stint as Hayley Vaughan on ABC's "All My Children." She won three Soap Opera Digest Awards, two for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress and one for Hottest Romance, which she shared with her real-life husband and co-star, actor Mark Consuelos. Ripa also received three Daytime Emmy nominations, two for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and one for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. Most recently, Ripa had a recurring role on the hit NBC primetime series "Ed." Her additional television credits include the telefilms "Someone to Love" and "It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie." This fall, Ripa will co-star in one of ABC's most-anticipated primetime sitcoms, "Hope & Faith," with actress Faith Ford. Ripa also co-starred in the acclaimed Miramax feature "Marvin's Room" in 1996. In 1999, she won the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for her work in "The Stand-In." In 2001, Ripa was among People Magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People" and E! Entertainment's "Top 20 Entertainers of the Year."

Kelly Ripa was born October 2, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey. Her father Joe, a labor union president, and her mother Esther, a homemaker, eventually moved to Berlin, New Jersey, where Kelly grew up with younger sister Linda, now a children's book author. Kelly's foray into show business was somewhat of a fluke. After performing in her senior high-school play, The Ugly Duckling, she was encouraged to pursue acting. She had studied ballet since age three and played the piano but had not considered entertaining as a career. Kelly enrolled in Camden Community College in New Jersey and landed parts in local theater productions, including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Wizard of Oz and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Kelly Ripa became famous with soap opera fans after she appeared on All My Children as Hayley Vaughan in 1990. When she won the right to replace the annoying yet popular Kathie Lee Gifford as sidekick to Regis Philbin, her fame jumped to a new level. Women admire the apparent ease with which she has handled a demanding career and motherhood. Men are attracted to her physical beauty and simple girl-next-door mystique. The bottom line though, is that neither sex can take their eyes off of her during Live.

Kelly Ripa and her husband actor Mark Consuelos met on the set of "All My Children" and married in 1996, a year before their characters married onscreen. The couple lives in New York with their three children, Michael, Lola and newborn Joaquin.

In Her Words:
"I have my hands full, but I have my hands happily full."


Five Things You Must Know About Kelly Ripa




In the late eighties, she was a dancer on "Dance Party USA."

She was discovered by her current manager while acting in her high school senior play, "The Ugly Duckling."

Her first film role was in the independent feature "Marvin's Room," starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio.

She appeared on the sitcom "Ed" in February 2002.

When she appeared on the celebrity version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," Ripa won $250,000 for the Children's Tomorrow Fund, an organization that helps children with cancer and blood disorders.


Kelly Ripa In the Hot Seat

After mastering daytime television (as a star on "All My Children"), marriage and motherhood, Kelly Ripa stepped into a new role as co-host of Regis Philbin's popular morning show.

Ripa grew up dazzled by the lights of New York City. The oldest daughter of a bus driver and a homemaker in New Jersey, Ripa and her sister began taking ballet and piano lessons at an early age. They visited Manhattan frequently to see live shows and explore the culture of the big city. The young girl dreamed of the day when she would live in — and make her mark on — the Big Apple. After graduating from high school, Ripa enrolled in community college, but during the first week of school she auditioned for ABC's "All My Children." Although she was competing against several other actresses with more experience, she won a role on the soap. In 1990, she moved to New York City to play teen wild child Hayley Vaughan on the hit soap opera. The TV gig was a wonderful experience for Ripa, but it also set the stage for love. In 1996, the actress married her co-star Mark Consuelos; a year later, the couple had their first child, Michael Joseph Consuelos.

While Ripa successfully navigated her career, marriage and motherhood, she couldn't have been prepared for the changes that would occur in the new millennium. After several appearances as a guest host on Philbin's morning show, Ripa was offered the co-host seat that had been vacated by Kathie Lee Gifford. When Ripa accepted the job in February 2001, she was five months pregnant with her second child, Lola Grace Consuelos. Ripa kept her job at "All My Children" and began her career as Philbin's sidekick.
In her first months on the "Live With Regis and Kelly Show," she shared private information about her pregnancy and life with the show's large TV audience. They adored her instantly. The program's ratings soared, and the job has catapulted Ripa into national superstardom. Viewers can relate to Ripa because she is a shining example of a contemporary working mother. She holds two jobs, maintains a great relationship with her husband and is the mother of three young children. Ripa gave birth to her third child, Joaquin, on March 3, 2003.

Now that she is a pro at juggling two jobs in addition to her family, Ripa ended her stint on "All My Children" to star on the sitcom "Hope & Faith." This series has Ripa playing a sexy ex–soap star — it doesn't get any more perfect than that for this actress.


Kelly Ripa's dirty little secret

"She leaves the uncooked bacon on the counter when she's done with it," says Mark Consuelos, shuddering slightly and shaking his head. "I'm kind of a germaphobe."

Ripa raises her eyebrows and rears up in mock rage: "In the middle of cooking, he wants me to clean!" She turns to her husband: "Take over! You just got yourself a new job."

But at this very moment, Consuelos and Ripa, both 34, have plenty on their shared plate. On Friday, Consuelos starts a three-episode guest-starring gig on his wife's ABC sitcom, Hope & Faith (9 p.m. ET/PT), as a charming ex-baseball player who moves in next door to kooky Faith (Ripa) but then rejects her when she puts the moves on him. (Related photo gallery: Red-hot Ripa)

You might think sharing a bed would give Ripa a little leverage, but she pulled out all the stops to persuade her husband to do her show: "We promised him nude scenes — with other actors, not me."

Consuelos was initially asked to guest-star last year, but he passed on the opportunity. He and Ripa had, after all, worked together for seven years on the ABC soap All My Children. Their characters also married before leaving Pine Valley in 2002.

It was time for separate TV careers. Ripa focused on joshing with Regis Philbin on ABC's Live With Regis and Kelly and causing sisterly trouble with Faith Ford on Hope & Faith. And Consuelos solves crimes as an FBI agent on the Lifetime drama Missing.

"We decided we probably shouldn't do anything together for a while," Consuelos says. "I didn't want to feel like I was piggy-backing. But this year, it made sense. They wrote a great character."

And Hope & Faith, which is averaging 7 million viewers an episode in its second season, could use a boost. It has had a 16% decline in viewers from last season, perhaps one reason for Consuelos' stunt casting.

But numbers aside, the couple had such a blast working together that Consuelos would love to return to the show, he says in a joint interview with Ripa. Sharing a studio stage with his wife "felt a lot like home again," he says. The only thing different about her since her daytime drama days? A "bigger dressing room."

The two kick back in Ripa's cozy private enclave in Queens' Silvercup Studios, where Hope & Faith is taped. It's a soothing space filled with photos, a miniature Christmas tree and a pair of blue Uggs stashed by the door.

A vacation from the vacation

It's their first day back from a two-week Caribbean vacation with kids Michael, 7, Lola, 3, and Joaquin, 10 months, and Consuelos and Ripa are sporting glowing, winter-defying tans. Ripa, in jeans, a white T-shirt and cropped tan sweater, is a sparkling, sunny dynamo who bestows beaming New Year's wishes. Consuelos, in a gray sweater and tan corduroys, is quieter and more diffident but equally pleasant. They spent the previous day unpacking and say that two weeks herding their brood from hotel to beach to buffet wore them out.

"We get up with our kids at 6 a.m., feed them breakfast, and we're on the beach at 7 a.m. because we don't want them in the bright sun during peak hours," Ripa says. "After our vacation, we need a vacation. We feel like we're on a chain gang! Our vacations when we were newly married consisted of a bottle of baby oil and a piña colada."

Grins Consuelos: "And that's before we went outside the hotel!"

But their passion still seems to be burning. Consuelos and Ripa are casually affectionate and intimate with each other. The two sit tightly intertwined, and Consuelos intermittently rubs his wife's back while she pats his leg and arm as she gestures while talking.

The rumors about friction in their eight-year marriage are rubbish, the couple say. Ripa calls the stories of marital coolness "categorically untrue."

"You have to invent problems. I know. When I read the tabloids, I gravitate to the most gruesome stories."

In fact, Consuelos says, "we're so boring. There's screaming kids, there's diapers, there's schedules."

But that doesn't mean the tales of their purported tribulations leave Ripa unscathed.

"Last week the tabloids said I had breast implants. This week they said I was starving to death, and here's the proof: my bony chest. What happened to my breast implants?" she wonders. "It's an annoyance. It hurts my feelings. It makes me feel sad because my son can read now, so I've got to keep him out of all grocery stores and delis for a week. "

Counting blessings

Choosing to remember that the glass is half-full, Ripa laments that the current crop of paparazzi photos was taken while she was still pale, before she turned into a bronzed Baywatch babe. "Thank God I waxed! Can you imagine how close I was to not waxing?" she giggles, turning to Consuelos.

He's fed up with constant speculation that he's jealous of Ripa's ever-rising stardom. " 'She's more successful. You're not successful.' You can't ..."

Win, perhaps? Consuelos doesn't finish his thought as Ripa shoots her husband a stern look.

"Things could have been worse," she says. "We could have been in Indonesia when the tidal wave hit. I have to count my blessings, or otherwise I'm somebody who would wallow in the quagmire of self-pity."

Ripa is equally firm in her advice to other couples such as Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, whose marriages remain a source of speculation. "If your friends call you to inform you about a tabloid story, they're really not your friends, and you should probably take them off your Christmas card list."

But that's as far as Ripa will go in carping about the hefty price she pays for living a public life.

"You want it when you want it, but you don't want it when you don't want it," she says of all the attention. "You can't have it both ways. I accept it because it's part of the business."

Not-so-glamorous goals

Shutterbugs might shoot the couple and their kids when the quintet is strolling around downtown, but they're also "for the most part respectful," Ripa says. "They do what they need to do and move on. We more or less stumble into photographers when they're looking for famous people."

Chimes in the more reticent Consuelos: "If I'm by myself, they could care less."

Ripa isn't as sanguine about family time. She's the first to admit that she doesn't have it all, not by a long shot. In fact, she missed Michael's school Christmas show, which Consuelos attended.

With Consuelos shooting Missing in Toronto and flying home on the weekends, the two manage their lives with "a lot of help," including a driver and a nanny, he says. "Sometimes it doesn't work very well. You're chasing your tail around."

It helps that both Ripa and Consuelos are creatures of habit.

"We're highly organized," she says. "We know exactly what the kids are doing. He'll take them (to school), I'll pick them up. If I'm working late, the babysitter will pick them up."

That doesn't leave much time for romantic outings, though.

"We don't really go out to dinner anymore," Ripa says.

Her slim frame is proof. Ripa attributes her figure to a hectic lifestyle juggling a marriage, two jobs and three children. "A lot of it is just running around with the kids. We used to have eight-hour dinners. Now we have eight-minute dinners. What falls on the high chair, we fight over."

There's nary an ounce of fat on her body, but Ripa also credits her fashion choices: "Never underestimate buying your jeans too tight. It holds you in like an umbrella."

The two are in agreement about their plans to make big bucks while they can and retire early.

Consuelos would love to "own a car wash. I'd do something extremely normal," he says.

And Ripa, who usually skips glamorous parties because she's "socially awkward," would love to be a full-time mom.

"I'm very good at that," she says. "My days go much faster when I'm with the kids. When I'm at work, people are bringing me cappuccino."

Will they add to their brood? Ripa isn't certain. "We're done, right?" she asks her husband. "I gave my maternity clothes away."

Plus, she says, "we kind of like sleeping."

Kelly and Mark play well off each other

He's a clean freak. She's messy in the kitchen. But Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa click. Here's why:

She's the real deal. With Ripa, "what you see is what you get," Consuelos says.

He's a math whiz. "He's probably one of the smartest businessmen I've ever met," Ripa says. "Everything we have, we have because of him. I'll put cash in my pocket and then hand my pocket to the dry cleaners. I'm kind of irresponsible that way."

Any pet peeves?

He's nuts for neatness. "He throws everything away. Everything! Like school projects, sonograms." Which has led her to mark all keepsakes with a note: "Precious memory, do not throw away!" Adds Consuelos: "I've gotten better. I'm sure there's some medication for what I have."

But in all, Ripa says, "we're great for each other. Between his compulsive cleaning and my fear of going out at night (the gregarious daytime gabber says she's "socially awkward"), we're brilliant."

 

Faith, Hope and Charity

Faith Ford and Kelly Ripa play sisters in their TV show. In real life, they share a belief in rolling up their sleeves for a good cause. That's why they want you to join in USA WEEKEND's Make A Difference Day. It's the nation's largest day of community service.

On the set of the new ABC series "Hope & Faith", Kelly Ripa's character is back in high school to finally get her diploma, and French class is très difficile. So Faith Ford, playing the sister, agrees to go to the class to lend support. It's the kind of help that good people give each other.

In real life, Ford (famous from "Murphy Brown") and Ripa ("Live With Regis and Kelly") help others regularly. Ford, the 2003 national spokeswoman for Make A Difference Day, will spend Oct. 25 in an environmental cleanup in a needy Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Other times, you'll find her devoting time to Meals-on-Wheels, Project Angel Food, Feed the Children, PAWS and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Furry creatures are her, ahem, pet cause; she has adopted two pound dogs. Ripa, a married mom of three children, from 8 months to 6 years old, is making sure her children grow up with an appreciation for outreach. Her oldest child attends a school at which community service is an essential program. And Ripa is active in children's causes as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

In a chat with USA WEEKEND Magazine, the two stars elaborated on the importance of making differences in people's lives -- whether in the bright lights of New York, where they tape their show; or in places like Alexandria, La., where Ford grew up. While chatting, the two demonstrated how they lean on each other onscreen and off: Ripa got so cold in a frosty sitting room that she curled deep into an olive-green blanket and cuddled up next to Ford for warmth, tenderly leaning her head on her friend's shoulder. She had just spent the morning nursing her youngest, Joaquin, between taping and rehearsals for her TV shows. Read on to find out how much both stars value the act of making a difference.

Do you truly believe you can make a difference in someone's life in just one day?
Ford: Are you kidding me? It has to happen in one day. Many people will start out with just that one day. Then one day leads to another day, which leads to another day, which leads to another day. To make a difference you have to make a commitment to a day. If all you do is go out and pick up trash in your local park, it's a good thing to do!

Ripa: During the blackout over the summer, this was never more clear. People were out in the streets helping each other, handing out water and food and directing traffic. A lot of people really made a difference that day. But you don't need a blackout.

Faith, animals are a big cause for you. Why?
Ford: My sister, Devon O'Day, has been rescuing animals out of Nashville for years. She's known for that, because she's an on-air personality with a syndicated show called "Country Hitmakers". People brought her abandoned animals they'd find; she'd nurse them back to health and find them homes. She was a great influence on me. Both of my dogs are rescues. Bosco and Tess are 12 and 13 now. They're just like my children. I like cats, too -- I just have allergies to them. But if I saw an abandoned cat, I wouldn't leave it.

What should people do for an abandoned animal?
Ford: Take it to the vet. Make sure it has its shots. And if you don't want to keep it yourself, put up fliers to find a home for it, or to get the word out to the original owners that you found it. If you get no response, run an ad. You'd be surprised at how many people respond. If that fails, take the pet to a shelter that doesn't believe in euthanasia; they do exist.

Kelly, how do you volunteer?
Ripa: Mothers Against Drunk Driving is something I really believe in and support. My sister, Linda, was hit by a drunk driver four years ago and nearly killed. She'll never be the same. She has no use of one leg. She's had seven surgeries, and she needs more. She has a shattered pelvis and a broken back. She's 30 and moves like she's 95. And she has a 4-year-old son, so it's very difficult just to get through daily life.

Ford: This is big with me, too. I was the designated driver on prom night. I've lost two friends to drunk driving. One was in college, a brilliant student; a drunk driver ran over him when he was crossing the road.

Lots of students participate in Make A Difference Day. Kelly, your son Michael is getting a head start on community service at his school, right?
Ripa: His school is all about volunteerism. Every day, part of their lesson is that you have to help in your community. Helping out is all you have in life, really. The kindergartners will plant trees and help them grow, then the first-graders will plant them in Central Park. Or they'll sell some and donate the proceeds to a shelter. For Thanksgiving, the kids make centerpieces and gift baskets and take them to a senior center. The kids really get it; they feel empowered to do good things. It's not something they feel like they "gotta do." They want to make a difference.

He's getting great guidance. Who guided you, Faith?
Ford: My mom. She taught at an all-black elementary school in Louisiana. She watched the little girls jumping rope and noticed the cadence in their chants while they did it. She came up with the idea of doing the same thing with her flashcard lessons. She'd turn every exercise into a little song with its own rhythm: "1 + 2 is ..." The kids really got into it, clapping along and learning. She really connected. I consider her one of the first rappers!

Have you ever had a Lucy-and-Ethel or Hope-and-Faith moment while volunteering?
Ripa: I sure did. David Canary, my co-star when I was on "All My Children", used to take the cast to sing carols at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan every Christmas. Many of my castmates were really good singers. But one year, he had a hard time getting turnout. I was one of the few who showed up. So when I sang "Good King Wenceslas", one of the women there actually asked me to stop singing. She said it was starting to make her feel not so good.

Humor can be a way to make a difference.
Ford: Oh, definitely. Sometimes I think about sitcoms, and I wonder whether I should be doing this with my life. Then, I'll go to a store, and someone will come up to me and say, "I had cancer years ago, and you had this storyline on "Murphy Brown" that just made me laugh so much. It really helped me get through the experience." You're never aware of how much of a difference you can make just by making someone laugh or smile.

Kelly Ripa's latest fashion trend number is ''3''

You might have noticed lately that some celebrities, and others of course, are wearing diamond studded number pendants. This latest trend is another expression to the connection between jewelry and the very personal. Symbolizing personally significant dates, the number of children, or even a jersey number, the numbers are there to be shown:

Actresses such as Lucy Liu with her ‘2’ for her birth date, talk show host Kelly Ripa and her ‘3’ for her three children, teen singer Hilary Duff and her birth year ‘87 and the mother of New York Jets’ Curtis Martin wearing his jersey number ‘28’, are among those in on the apparently growing trend.

Alex Woo is one designer that is already taking advantage of the trend with her “little numbers” collection. She says it allows celebrities and everyday women to style their wardrobe in their own unique way. Not limited only to diamonds, she uses pink sapphires too, set in silver or yellow gold, and shaped in a unique font in a style she calls “chunky”.

One can wonder what numbers for a pendent a lottery winner would pick.

Kelly Ripa's success story

As you enter the kitchen of Willie and Gretchen Randolph's beautiful brick home, a chalkboard on your right offers a drawing of a winter scene by Gretchen's sister Rhonda, complete with a Merry Christmas greeting. The Randolphs raised four children in this house and it's clear this is a place of warmth, love and caring conversations, some louder than others, over the last 22 years. You immediately feel at ease because of the comfortable nature of the home, the relaxing wooded view out the large back windows and the giving nature of Willie and Gretchen.

"We're fortunate, we're blessed and we like to share with people," Willie explains. "There is always something going on here." One day in the winter of 2001, a family friend sat on their kitchen countertop in Franklin Lakes, N.J., listening intently for 45 minutes to words of encouragement and inspiration from Willie, the same type of words Randolph will deliver to the Mets now in his role as manager.

"Xs and Os are one thing," Randolph says of his new job, "but you need to motivate people and get them to trust you. To get these guys to run through a wall for you is really what managing is all about." The person listening wasn't an athlete, it was actress Kelly Ripa, who was about to begin a new career as a talk-show host with Regis Philbin.

Willie and Gretchen became friends with actor Mark Consuelos of "All My Children" fame 10 years ago when they met at a charity function. "He's a big Yankee fan and Gretchen is a big soap-opera fan," Willie says. One day, Consuelos asked if he could bring a friend to their home for dinner. That friend was daytime diva Kelly Ripa, who played Hayley Vaughan on the show.

It wasn't too long after that first visit the couple married and moved nearby because they loved the neighborhood. "When I opened the front door and met her that first day," Gretchen recalls, "the first thing Kelly said to me was, 'One day I'm going to be your neighbor.' " The friendship blossomed and so did the careers of the two actors.

On this winter day, though, Kelly was having second thoughts about tackling the new star-profile job she was to begin, replacing Kathie Lee Gifford. "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" was set to become "Live! With Regis and Kelly." But Kelly was scared.

Recalls Gretchen, "She was so nervous, saying, 'I can't do this. What if they don't like me?' She was going on and on. Well, Willie stood there for 45 minutes and gave her the pep talk of a lifetime." Hope and Faith can, indeed, go a long way as the rest is television history for Ripa.

"I knew Kelly would be a success," Willie says. "She's smart, competitive, beautiful and funny as all get-out. I told her, 'You got to believe in yourself, kid, you can do this. Kathie Lee was there for a long time. She did great, but you can be better than her. Don't be intimidated by Regis. Work hard. You can deal with this guy.' " To this day, Ripa is eternally grateful.

"I was horrified and terrified about starting the show," Ripa says of that life-changing day. "Willie gave me the pep talk of my life. He told me, 'You are the right person for this job, give 110 percent, do things the right way - that's the way you live your life and you will not fail. Be yourself.' This man is an amazing motivator. He noticed qualities about me that I didn't notice I had. He said, 'This is your job, this is your moment!'

"I was so pumped when I left there, that my head wouldn't fit through the door."

Then in that Faith kind of way that has made America fall in love with Kelly Ripa, she adds: "I told Willie, 'You know, you should be a motivational speaker or you should really coach a team or something.

"Willie smiled at me and said, 'Kelly, I coach third base for the New York Yankees.'

" 'That's right,' I said, 'I forgot.'

"We're so lucky to have Willie and Gretchen in our lives and even though we don't live there anymore, it's still our Sunday ritual to go there for dinner."

Kelly raves about Gretchen's macaroni and cheese, the Randolph children and what wonderful people they've become under Willie and Gretchen's guidance and how Willie will use the same tools to mold the Mets. "I can not think of a better man to build confidence and morale," she says.

Another thing she loves is that "Willie's got my back." Years ago, Regis went out to Yankee Stadium for batting practice. "Willie threw a ball and it hit him in the leg and Regis complained for weeks," Ripa says. "Willie told me, 'If that man isn't nice to you, you tell him I'll throw another ball at his other leg.' "

Randolph, 50, learned his work ethic from his father, growing up in Brooklyn. "My dad was a construction worker, cement and jackhammer, that kind of stuff," Randolph explains. "My dad and I probably never had a catch together, but he taught me the meaning of hard work. I saw him every day getting up early, coming in late, covered from head to toe in dirt and cement. He'd get a bath, get something to eat, watch TV, go to sleep and do it all over again the next day."

Willie and Gretchen were beloved by the Yankees and their families during his 11 years there as a coach. Two weeks ago, Gretchen saw Jorge Posada's wife Laura, who lamented, "Now you are going to go to the Mets and be their mother."

"She was happy for us, but sad at the same time," Gretchen says, "I told her, 'No, I'll always be your mother, too.' I have all my children." Just like the soap opera.

"Everybody gravitates to her," Willie says of Gretchen, whom he started dating when the two were at Tilden High. Gretchen was a year behind Willie. The head of the student union was Al Sharpton. "Whatever he's doing now, he was doing the same thing back then," Gretchen says with her hearty laugh. Willie and Gretchen went to a Mets game on their first date and the Cubs' Billy Williams hit three home runs.

Baseball and family have been a huge part of their lives ever since. With his signing bonus in 1972, Willie brought his mother a color TV. "A console color TV," Randolph says with a smile. His first year as a Yankee in 1976, Randolph made $19,000 and the first of his seven All-Star teams during a career that spanned 18 seasons. He owns six championship rings, two as a player, four as a coach. He played in four World Series and more games at second base (1,688) than any other Yankee.

A student of the game, Randolph, who ended his playing career in 1992 with the Mets, also is a student of black history. Becoming the first African-American manager in New York means much to him. "Knowing what the players went through in the past, I feel like I'm now part of that legacy," Randolph says as he points to a picture of Negro League stars on the wall of his den. "More than anything, in my mind, I want to make those players proud of the job I do."

Consider that a pep talk to himself.

Kelly Ripa competes with Carmen Electra for the man

Carmen Electra will guest star in an episode of ABC's hit comedy "Hope & Faith," in which she competes with Faith (Kelly Ripa) for the affections of former baseball star Gary "The Gooch" Gucharez, portrayed by Mark Consuelos, who is married to Ripa in real life. The episode will air in January 2005.

In two previous episodes, Ripa and Consuelos' characters experienced the hint of a romance, but just when things start to heat up, Electra, playing a rich ex-girlfriend, shows up to give Ripa serious competition.

Electra most recently hosted the series "Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male Model," and co-stars on the series "Summerland." She was also on the series "Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave," and has appeared in several theatrical movies, including "Starsky and Hutch," "My Bosses Daughter" and "Scary Movie." Her upcoming film projects include "Dirty Love," "Getting Played" and "Searching for Bobby De Niro," as well as a fitness DVD.

"Hope & Faith" stars Faith Ford as Hope, Kelly Ripa as Faith, Ted McGinley as Charley, Megan Fox as Sydney, Macey Cruthird as Hayley and Paulie Litt as Justin.

"Hope & Faith" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

Kelly Ripa plays drama diva in the comedy ''Hope & Faith''

Hope & Faith is a comedy about what happens when the fast lane collides with the carpool lane. It's about the moments that make you want to hug your sister … and the times you have to resist the urge to kill her.

Hope, a down-to-earth, happily married mom of three in Columbus, Ohio, had her tidy world up-ended by the arrival of her celebrity sister, Faith (Kelly Ripa). Faith was living the high life in Hollywood as a daytime soap opera star until her soap's character, Ashley Storm, was suddenly and unceremoniously killed off on The Sacred and the Sinful by her evil twin. After a year under her roof wreaking occasional havoc, Hope can attest that you can kill the diva off on the daytime drama, but you can't take the drama out of the diva.

Last season's cliffhanger ending left Faith missing -- lost in an undetermined third world country instead of an ashram in India where she was going to go "find herself." Assuming Faith finds her way back to Ohio, she'll have to make some changes, like accepting her soap career is seriously on hold, getting a real job, or series of jobs, and moving out of the family's house- -- well, at least out of her niece's bedroom. Hope and her husband, Charley (Ted McGinley), will find new parenting challenges as Faith tries to influence their three impressionable kids, especially their oldest teenaged daughter, Sydney, who starts to rebel against Hope's authority and gets her first serious boyfriend, a gorgeous "bad-boy" who makes Charley especially nervous.

Hope & Faith, which in its premiere season was nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series, stars Faith Ford as Hope, Kelly Ripa as Faith, Ted McGinley as Charley, Megan Fox as Sydney, Macey Cruthird as Hayley and Paulie Litt as Justin.

Kelly and Regis will host the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will join Mickey and the gang, when they host the annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, airing on ABC on Christmas Day at a new time this year: 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, and 3pm PT. The parade is a 21-year television tradition that celebrates the season with an unprecedented range of talent, including Regis and Kelly, Julie Andrews, SHeDaisy, Raven, Christy Carlson-Romano, Eva Longoria, Ashanti, the Muppets, Faith Ford, Ted McGinley, Patrick Warburton, George Lopez, Constance Marie, Meredith Vieira, Zach Braff, and more.

Kelly Ripa is the perfect roommate for NY students

In a survey of college students who were asked to name their dream dorm mate, the roomie of choice – and by a large margin – is Kelly Ripa.

The poll, taken over two weeks last month, showed that 32 percent of the respondents were ready to help the 34-year-old morning chat host and Hope & Faith star move in. But only 1 percent wanted Ripa's Live cohort Regis Philbin in an adjoining.

Kelly Ripa is the GLAMOUR Woman of the Year winner

GLAMOUR magazine's Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive and Vice President and Publisher Bill Wackermann announced the 15th Annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year winners and celebrity presenters. The 15th Annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, honor extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields, including entertainment, business, sports, music, science/medicine, education and politics.

The GLAMOUR 2004 Women of the Year honorees and presenters are:

THE CLASS ACT

Kate Winslet - (presenter Susan Sarandon) this extraordinarily talented actress has combined quirky roles with Oscar nominated performances all the while refusing to conform to Hollywood's beauty standards. Only 29 years old, she is a mother of two and in the prime of her acting career.

THE REAL DEAL

Alicia Keys - (presenter Natalie Cole) the remarkable artist who was a five-time Grammy winner by 21. Keys was Valedictorian of her high school class at 16, and a piano-playing prodigy by seven.

THE MORNING GLORY

Kelly Ripa - (presenter Sarah Michelle Gellar who is also hosting the one- hour TV special) the amazing star of an ABC sitcom, Regis & Kelly, and mother of three is also a national celebrity spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Ripa never chose between being a mother and having a career, she proved she can do it all.

Kelly Ripa is a nominee in the People's Choice Awards

Rapper Eminem and baritone Josh Groban now have something in common: They are among the nominees for favourite male singer in the People's Choice Awards. Nominees for the 31st annual People's Choice Awards were announced on Tuesday by Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner of TV's Listen Up and Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives.

The awards are voted on by the public, and will be announced on January 9, 2005.

The nominees were compiled by Entertainment Weekly, the People's Choice production team and pop culture fans.
The nominees: Favourite late-night talk show host: Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart.
Favourite funny male star: Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller.
Favourite funny female star: Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Wanda Sykes.
Favourite daytime talk show host: Tony Danza, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr Phil McGraw, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, Oprah Winfrey.


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