Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976) is an American model, actress, reality television contestant and winner of Dancing with the Stars in Season 1.
Monaco, the third of five daughters, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an Italian-American family. As a young girl, she attended St. Joachim's Roman Catholic School (since closed) in Philadelphia. She graduated from Pocono Mountain Sr. High in Swiftwater, PA 1994. Monaco grew up with a love of sports such as soccer, swimming, and track, and worked as a lifeguard for several years while attending Northampton community college where she participate in debate team, in Bethlehem, PA until she broke into modeling. As a young adult, Kelly moved to Los Angeles with dreams to become an actress.
Her first television role was on the nighttime drama Baywatch from 1997 to 1998. In addition to playing the role of Susan on the show, 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 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 her 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.
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