Kelly Monaco is an American actress, model, and reality television star. She is best known for her role as Sam McCall on ABC’s fan-favorite soap opera General Hospital. She is also known for being the winner of the first season of the popular dance reality show Dancing With The Stars. She stands 1.6 meters tall and weighs 43 kgs (or 95 pounds). She is currently 44 years old turning 45 in a couple of weeks. She is on Instagram as kelly_m23
Early Life and Career
Kelly Monaco was born on the 23rd of May in 1976, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Her full name is Kelly Marie Monaco. She was born to her mother Carmina Monaco and her father Albert “Al” Monaco. She is the middle child among her parents’ five children – all girls. Her sisters are Amber, Carmina, Marissa, and Christine. When Monaco was a teen, her family moved from Philadelphia to the Poconos, where she spent her schooling years.
After she finished high school, she worked the job of a lifeguard at a local resort. She began her career as a model when after sending a photo to Playboy magazine in 1996, she was made Playmate Of The Month in April 1997. She worked for Playboy throughout the 90s. She debuted in acting in the movie Baywatch in the role of Susan as well as the occasional body double for Carmen Electra in swimming scenes. She got her first major role in 1999 in the ABC soap opera Port Charles, in which she played Olivia “Livvie” Lock Morley; she was even nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role. She landed her first leading role in another ABC soap opera General Hospital in the role of Sam McCall, for which she was yet again nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. She appeared alongside Alec Mazo in the first season of Dancing With The Stars in 2005 and won the season as well. She appeared again on the show twice after that, in the 15th season in 2012 with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and as a part of a trio in November 2017 alongside contestant Terrell Owens and his partner Cheryl Burke.
She attended Pocono Mountain High School in Pocono, Pennsylvania, where she took her very first acting classes. She did not immediately go to college after high school. After working for a local resort as a lifeguard, she went to college at Northampton Community College, where she spent two years studying.
As of 2021, Kelly Monaco has an estimated net worth of 4 million US dollars.
Monaco was in a relationship with her high school sweetheart Mike Gonzalez. The couple dated for 18 years but never got married, and finally separated after 18 long years of dating in 2009. Monaco is currently rumored to be dating her co-star from General Hospital Billy Miller.
Monaco is involved in a lot of charity work. As part of the Feed The Children program, she along with several other daytime stars traveled to Kenya in July 2009, to supply food and other forms of relief to orphanages and children. As part of the participate campaign on October 24th, 2009, she and her General Hospital co-stars helped “beautify” a school in Los Angeles.
On co-star Kirsten Storms’ advice, Monaco also burned her prom dress in 2009, in order to be able to move on from her ex-boyfriend Mike Gonzalez!
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