Dancing with the Stars winner Kelly Monaco is a prestigious actress who is best known as Sam McCall, the character she excellently portrayed in the popular soap opera titled General Hospital. Aside from that, the award-winning actress is also known as a former Playboy model, having clinched the Playboy Playmate title for the month of April in 1997. She was also ranked as the number one sexiest cover model of the decade by Maxim.
As a reality television personality, Kelly Monaco won the first season of the reality series, Dancing with the Stars in 2005, alongside her professional dancing partner, Alec Mazo. She has also bagged several other titles and nominations as a result of her extremely good performances as an actress and a model, including two nominations at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The reputable actress has also been specially recognized by the present United States of America’s President Donald Trump in 2009 when he endorsed Monaco to serve as one of the judges of the 2009 Miss USA Pageantry.
Kelly Monaco’s Biography
The supermodel was born into an Italian family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, on the 23rd of May, 1976. She is the third out of five daughters born to her parents, Albert and Carmina Monaco. Kelly Monaco completed her basic education from Pocono Mountain High School.
After graduation, she bagged the job of a lifeguard which she did for a little while before enrolling at Northampton Community College. The Philadelphia-born actress began her career as a model by releasing her stunning pictures to Playboy magazine at the age of 20. She was subsequently recruited as a Playboy model and was associated with the brand throughout the late 1990s.
Monaco was named Playboy’s Playmate of the month of April in 1997 and also made several appearances on the brand’s Special Edition Publications. In addition, the endowed actress featured as a cover girl for the top magazine, Maxim, in 2006. During that time, she was rated as the 13th on their annual list of top 100 hot models. Again, in 2009, Kelly Monaco was ranked by Maxim as their number one sexiest cover model of the decade.
With reference to her acting career, the Maxim cover model first featured in the movie, Baywatch where she portrayed the character of Susan. Then in the late 1990s, she made appearances on movies such as BASEketball and Idle Hands. She also starred in the soap opera, Port Charles from 1993 to 2003, which fetched her the first public recognition as an actress when she bagged a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress at the 2003 Daytime Emmy Awards, following her brilliant performance.
In the same year, Kelly Monaco encountered her major hit when she was cast to play the role of Samantha McCall in another soap opera, General Hospital. This also earned her another nomination at the Daytime Emmy Awards. She has also served as the co-host of the 33rd Edition of the same award alongside Tom Bergeron, the host of Dancing with the Stars reality series.
Meanwhile, in 2005, the supermodel participated in the first season of the famous reality series, Dancing with the Stars. She emerged the winner along with her dancing partner, Alec Mazo, despite being criticised by the judges on several occasions due to her wardrobe malfunction. Following her strong passion for dancing, she also contested in the 15th and 25th seasons of the same reality series respectively but she didn’t claim the title. Instead, she took the third position in the 15th season, alongside Valentine Chmerkovskiy, her dancing partner.
With all her successful endeavors as an actress, model and a reality television series winner, Kelly Monaco is living a luxury lifestyle. This is thanks to her net worth which is estimated to be about $4 million.
Family – Her Boyfriend or Husband
The reality TV star started dating Mike Gonzalez at a young age when she was still in high school. She had a very long-term love affair with Gonzalez which lasted 18 years before the relationship collapsed in 2009. It was quite a peaceful separation as both can still talk about their past relationship in a cheerful manner.
Since then, Kelly Monaco has kept every detail about her personal life private, away from the media. It’s still unknown whether the prestigious actress is presently in a relationship but the fact still remains that she is yet to walk down the aisle with anyone.