Kelly Ripa

Ripa in 2009, Miro Vrlik Photography LLC /

Birth Name: Kelly Maria Ripa

Place of Birth: Stratford, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 2, 1970

*75% Italian
*25% Irish

Kelly Ripa is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer. She has hosted or co-hosted the show Live! with Kelly and Ryan, under various titles, since 2001. She played Hayley Vaughan Santos for twelve years on the soap opera All My Children, and Faith Fairfield on Hope & Faith, both series on ABC.

Kelly is the daughter of Esther A. (Reilly) and Joseph R. Ripa. Kelly is married to actor Mark Consuelos, with whom she has three children.

Her Italian roots are in Calabria, Marche, and Abruzzo.

Kelly’s paternal grandfather was named Giuseppe Ripa/Joseph (the son of Elpidio Ripa). Giuseppe was born in San Elpidio (now Sant’Elpidio a Mare), Province of Fermo, Marche, Italy.

Kelly’s paternal grandmother was named Maria. Maria was Italian.

Kelly’s maternal grandfather was named Paul Reilly.

Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Esther A. DiPretoro (the daughter of Palmerino DiPretoro and Mary Laurogna). Esther was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, from Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy.

A DNA test whose results Kelly displayed in an commercial stated that Kelly’s genetic ancestry is:

*74% Italian

Kelly has said:

…when Ancestry approached me, I was like ‘I already know what I am. I already know.’ And they were like, ‘Well, don’t be so sure.’ I found out all
this stuff… seeing how my dad’s side of the family and my mom’s side… all sort of migrated around the same time… from different parts of Italy. So it was, to me, very fascinating and very interesting. And once you start really finding out about yourself, it really does explain a lot. I found out I’m the tiniest percent Greek. And I love Greece. I always feel a connection there, and I don’t know why. I never understood that, and now I’m like, ‘Maybe it’s because I’m Greek, who knew?’

Ripa with husband Mark Consuelos in 2009, photo by Miro Vrlik Photography LLC /

Sources: Genealogy of Kelly Ripa (focusing on her father’s side) –

Kelly’s maternal grandmother, Esther A. DiPretoro, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

30 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Well, there are plenty of Italian women (in Italy) with her colouring (but slight different features), so no surprise at all.

    For example her Italian mother-in-law:

    • andrew says:

      I kinda agree.

      She is not fully Italian hence her facial structure is slightly different from a 100% Italian woman. But light eyes arent’t uncommon in Italy. Her hair seem dyed.

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