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Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American model, actress, and reality
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 into
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 publications.
She was a booth babe for Eidos Interactive at the
1999 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, CA.
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Playboy, however the pictoral consisted of previously unpublished pictures from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
Her first television role was on the nighttime
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 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
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 were 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
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)
Playboy: Playmate Profile Video Collection
Featuring Miss April 1997, 1994, 1991, 1988 (1997)
Playboy Video Playmate Calendar 1998 (1997)
Playboy: Girls Next Door, Naughty and Nice (1997)
Playboy: Babes of Baywatch (1998)
Playboy: Girlfriends (1998)
Playboy: Naturals (1998)
Playboy: Club Lingerie (2000)
Playboy: Playmates Bustin' Out (2000)
Playboy Playmate DVD Calendar Collection: The '90s
Appearances in Playboy special editions
Playboy's Playmate Review Vol. 14 August 1998
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 63 September 1998
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 64 November 1998
Playboy's Playmate Tests November 1998.
Playboy's Nudes December 1998 pages 3031, 4647.
Playboy's Girls of Winter January 1999 cover,
pages 2829, 3435, 4041, 4445.
Playboy's Playmates in Bed Vol. 3 February 1999
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 67 May 1999 pages
Playboy's Natural Beauties Vol. 1 May 1999.
Playboy's Girls of Summer June 1999.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 68 July 1999
Playboy's Hardbodies July 1999.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 69 September 1999.
Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 pages 3241.
Playboy's Barefoot Beauties December 1999.
Playboy's Nudes December 1999 pages 6465.
Playboy's Wet & Wild December 1999.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 71 January 2000
front & back covers, pages 13, 3637, 6667, 7681, 9293.
Playboy's Natural Beauties Vol. 2 April 2000.
Playboy's Girls of Summer May 2000.
Playboy's Celebrating Centerfolds Vol. 5 June 2000.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 74 July 2000 -
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 75 September 2000.
Playboy's Nude Playmates April 2001 pages 8081.
Playboy's Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads March 2002.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003.
Playboy's Girls of Summer June 2003.
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