Kelly Monaco is an American model and actor born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1976. She is the daughter of Albert and Carmine Monaco. Kelly has four sisters namely Amber, Carmine, Marissa, and Christine. She is the middle child in the family. Kelly attended St. Joachim's School in Philadelphia when she was a young girl.
The family moved to Poconos, Pennsylvania when Kelly was a small child. She attended Pocono Mountain High School where she started going for acting classes. Kelly graduated from high school in 1994. Then she worked for a while at a local resort before she attended Northampton Community College. She was there for two years.
Kelly had always thought of a career in modeling. She sent hot photos of herself to Playboy magazine in pursuit of this goal. Kelly sent them in 1996. That was two years after she had cleared high school. She posed for Playboy for much of the late 1990s. Her nude photos featured prominently in publications of Playboy Special Edition.
Kelly's first television break happened in 1997. More specifically, she got a role on Baywatch, and it lasted from 1997 to 1998. In this show, Kelly played the character of a rookie lifeguard known as Susan. She also acted as the body double of Carmen Electra because Carmen could not swim. Kelly featured in various movies as well during this time including Mumford, Idle Hands, and BASEketball.
These productions made her a recognizable figure in the entertainment world. However, her shot to fame was in her role as Sam McCall on General Hospital, which was a soap opera by ABC. She acts alongside other famous stars such as Billy Miller and Bradford Anderson. Rumors of Kelly dating one of the actors remain unconfirmed.
Today, Kelly has an estimated net worth of $4 million. She made most of it working at General as opposed to posing for naked pictures or venturing into pornography as most other Playmates do.
One of Kelly's earliest awards was being the Playboy Playmate of the Month in April 1997. She was 20-years-old at the time She received a nomination in 2003 for Outstanding Supporting Actress. It was a Daytime Emmy Award nomination, and the category was drama. In 2006, Kelly got another Daytime Emmy Nomination in the same category, but for Outstanding Lead Actress.
Monaco Kelly Monaco met Mike Gonzalez while she was in junior high. He became her high school sweetheart. The two worked together as professional lifeguards in a local resort before they attended college. Interestingly, Kelly and Mike went to the same college. They got married in 1991, but the marriage ended in 2009.
It was a tough year for Kelly as burglars ransacked her apartment in the same year. Nonetheless, Kelly decided to focus on positive things. She traveled to Kenya in July 2009 as part of a feeding program for charity. Kelly and a couple of other celebrities delivered food supplies to various orphanages and schools within the country. She also took part in the beautification of a school in Los Angeles.