Kelly Monaco Biography General Hospital
Kelly Monaco was born Kelly Marie Monaco in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Monacos moved to Poconos for a quieter lifestyle. Kelly began taking acting classes in high school. Upon graduation, Monaco worked as a lifeguard at a local resort, both moves that served her well early in her career.

Kelly was also pondering a career in modeling and sent photos and contact info to Playboy in 1997, landing her the coveted title as Playmate of the Month in April. Shortly after, she made her television acting debut on Baywatch.

Other projects soon followed such as BASEketball, Welcome to Hollywood, and Idle hands. Then, in 1999, daytime came knocking in the form of a new supernatural soap series spin-off of General Hospital called Port Charles. Monaco was cast as Livvie Locke, playing the role through the series demise in 2003.

In 2003, Kelly Monaco took on the role Sam McCall on General Hospital, becoming one of a few actresses to play dual roles on two different soaps– Livvie Locke and Tess Ramsay on Port Charles and Alicia Montenegro and Samantha McCall on General Hospital.

A self-proclaimed born competitor, Kelly scored more roles such as Late Last Night, Mumford, Spin City, Football Wives, The Edge of the Garden, and Baby Daddy. In 2005, Kelly Monaco was invited to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars, where she went from the lowest-scoring celebrity to taking home the top prize.

Daytime fans have been blessed with two favorite supercouples thanks to Kelly’s work as Livvie and the vampire Caleb on Port Charles and as Sam and Jason Morgan on General Hospital and is currently a part of the epic story of a budding romance with Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna), dealing with the arrival of Drew Cain and aftermath of Jason’s death.

Kelly Monaco is very active in charity work when she is not working, even traveled to Kenya, Africa to deliver supplies for Feed the Children. She resides in Los Angeles and stays physically active, and yes, very competitive when she isn’t working. Fans can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Fast Facts

  • Kelly Monaco was born on May 23, 1976.
  • Is the third of five sisters.
  • Considers herself extremely competitive and excelled in soccer, swimming, track, and softball in high school, while also participating in debate and theater.
  • Was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for April 1997, and followed it up by starring in some Playboy videos.
  • A former real-life lifeguard, she made her first TV appearance in 1997 on Baywatch.
  • Lost a dance-off to former rival John O’Hurley after Season 1 of Dancing With the Stars.
  • Kelly Monaco starred as Bo Peep in the burlesque-style show Peepshow in Las Vegas for three months in 2009.
  • Her Las Vegas penthouse hotel room was broken into and burglarized in 2009, but Monaco hid and remained unharmed; the burglar was eventually sent to jail.
  • Was a judge for the 2009 Miss USA Pageant.
  • Is a vegetarian.