Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
is an American model, actress, and reality television contestant.
Kelly Monaco was born on May 23, 1976, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
the third of five daughters. Monaco grew up with a love of sports
such as soccer, swimming, and track, and worked as a lifeguard for
several years while attending a community college until she broke
In 1996, Monaco sent nude modeling photos of herself to Playboy
and soon became a Playmate. In April 1997 she became the Playboy
Playmate of the Month. Throughout her tenure with Playboy in the
1990's, Monaco was also featured in many Playboy Special Edition
She was featured in the November 2005 issue of Playboy, however
the pictoral consisted of previously unpublished pictures from her
Miss April 1997 shoot.
After moving on from Playboy in the 1990's, Monaco has significantly
distanced herself from Playboy, possibly as a move to "clean
up" her image. More recently, Monaco has made numerous cover
appearances in other lad mags such as FHM and Maxim magazine. Along
with her Maxim feature in 2005, the magazine also awarded her 13th
place on their annual Hot 100 List in May 2006.
Her first television role was on the nightime drama Baywatch from
1997 to 1998. In addition to playing the role of "Susan on
"BayWatch", Monaco also was Carmen Electra's body double
at times, as Electra could not swim. Monaco also had minor roles
in the late 1990s films BASEketball, Idle Hands, and Mumford.
Monaco had two roles on the supernatural television soap opera
Port Charles: Olivia Livvie Locke Morley (19992003)
and Tess Ramsey (20022003). When that program ended, she joined
the cast of soap opera General Hospital as possible con woman Samantha
Sam McCall in September 2003.
In 2003 Monaco was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for role on Port Charles. In
2006 Monaco was again nominated for a Daytime Emmy, this time for
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Sam McCall
on General Hospital.
Dancing with the Stars
In Summer 2005, Monaco appeared as a contestant in the highly-rated
American version of the television series Dancing with the Stars.
Despite her perceived lack of height and an initial lack of grace,
she improved each week and became a popular underdog. In the quarterfinal
round samba, she coolly recovered from a mid-dance wardrobe malfunction
without becoming exposed on live national television. On July 6,
2005, Kelly Monaco won the Dancing With The Stars competition.
This was viewed by some as an upset, whereas others suspected ballot-box
stuffing, a frequent complaint of Internet-based voting. This was
discussed briefly on a Larry King Live interview with several members
of the show, but was not pursued by runner-up John O'Hurley, who
took the high road and declared that participation and viewer popularity
was more important to him than winning. However, it was decided
to have a "Dance-Off" special as a follow up to this controversial
result, with a presumably lessened chance of Internet voting skewing
the results. It was held "live" on September 20 and results
were announced two days later. This time, O'Hurley and his dance
partner Charlotte emerged as the winners. From appearances, it is
fair to say that Monaco was as happy about losing this match as
O'Hurley was about losing the regular competition.
The win on Dancing With the Stars boosted her visibility level
considerably and resulted in a number of appearances on talk shows
as well as possible new job offers, but she stated that she intends
to remain with General Hospital.
Late Last Night (1999)
Port Charles (1999-2003)
The Man Show (2000)
Hard Copy (2000)
Spin City (2001)
General Hospital (2003-present)
Dancing with the Stars (2005)
Idle Hands (1999)
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