|Born||Kelly Marie Monaco
May 23, 1976 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Partner(s)||Mike Gonzalez (1991–2009)|
Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976) is an American model, actress, and reality television personality. She is the Playboy Playmate for the April 1997 issue of Playboy magazine. She later gained fame among soap opera viewers in 2003 when she originated the role of Sam McCall on the soap opera General Hospital, in which she has appeared until the present. In 2005, she was a contestant on and the winner of the first season of the reality TV competition series Dancing with the Stars.
Kelly Monaco was born to Albert "Al" and Carmina Monaco. She is the middle child and has four sisters: Christine, Marissa, Carmina and Amber. The family moved to the Poconos before Monaco attended Pocono Mountain East High School, where she first started with acting classes. After high school she worked as a lifeguard at a local resort and attended Northampton Community College for two years.
|Playboy centerfold appearance|
|Preceded by||Jennifer Miriam|
|Succeeded by||Lynn Thomas|
May 23, 1976 |
(age 20 at Playboy appearance)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Height||5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)|
|Weight||95 lb (43 kg; 6.8 st)|
In 1996, Monaco, who had been thinking of a career in modeling, sent her photo to Playboy. As a result, she became the Playmate of the Month for April 1997. Throughout her tenure with Playboy in the 1990s, Monaco was also featured in many Playboy Special Edition publications.
Acting and reality television
Monaco's first television role was on the 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 ABC soap opera Port Charles: Olivia "Livvie" Locke Morley (1999–2003) and Tess Ramsey (2002–03). When that program ended, she joined the cast of ABC soap opera General Hospital as Samantha 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. In 2006, Monaco also co-hosted the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmys, with Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron.
Monaco was a cast member, and the season winner along with her professional partner, Alec Mazo, on the ABC reality television series Dancing with the Stars, during its first season in 2005. Although she initially faced tough criticism from the judges, she maintained a positive outlook throughout the series. Among the events she experienced before her victory was a wardrobe malfunction in which the skimpy strap on her dress came apart during a Latin dance number.
In February 2009, Monaco expanded her dancing résumé with Peepshow, a burlesque act directed by Tony Award-winning director Jerry Mitchell, that plays at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Monaco starred as Bo Peep, a precocious character who discovers her sexuality throughout the show. Monaco starred alongside singer and fellow Dancing with the Stars contestant Melanie Brown, until June 2009, when Monaco's contract expired and she was replaced by Holly Madison. The same year, Monaco was named Maxim's number one sexiest cover model of the decade.
On July 27, 2012 it was announced that Monaco would be participating in the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars for a chance to win a second mirrorball trophy. This time she is partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. After making the finals for a second time, Monaco finished in third place on November 27, 2012.
In July 2009, Monaco and several other daytime celebrities traveled to Kenya, Africa as a part of the Feed the Children program, delivering food and other supplies and visiting schools and orphanages built by Feed the Children.
When Monaco was a junior in high school, she met Mike Gonzalez, and began a relationship with him. They worked together as lifeguards at a local resort and attended community college together. They remained together for 18 years. They broke up in 2009, but as seen in the premiere episode of the reality television series Dirty Soap in 2011, she was still mourning the loss of this relationship. Monaco's General Hospital costar Kirsten Storms counseled her through her feelings on that episode by convincing her to burn her prom dress.
|Mumford (1999)||Landlady's Daughter|
|The Edge of the Garden (2011)||Julie|
Awards and nominations
||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||
||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||
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- Gray, Mark (2009-05-14). "Holly Madison to Replace Kelly Monaco in Sexy Vegas Show". People (people.com). Retrieved September 2, 2012.
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- Fairman, Michael (2009-06-29). "Susan Lucci, Anthony Geary and Kelly Monaco to Kenya for 'Daytime Gives Back' Daytime Emmy telecast and Feed the Children!". Michael Fairman On Soaps. michaelfairmansoaps.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Soap Nation: iParticipate Additions!". Soap Net. soapnet.com. Retrieved September 25, 2011.
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- Logan, Michael. "Getting Down and Dirty". TV Guide. October 3, 2011. page 47
- Jovie Baclayon (2009-04-27). "DWTS Champ Kelly Monaco Uses Smooth Moves to Avoid Robber". E!. eonline.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Edge of the Garden Hallmark Channel. accessed September 25, 2011.
- "Nominees for Daytime Emmys". USA Today. Tysons Corner, Virginia: Gannett Company. Associated Press. March 12, 2003. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 1 (Summer 2005 with Alec Mazo)
Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
|Dancing with the Stars (US) third place
Season 15 (Autumn 2012 with Valentin Chmerkovskiy)
Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff