KELLY MONACO Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Kelly Marie Monaco                                                                   
Born: 23 May 1976 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.                                         
Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976) is an American model, actress, and                   
reality television contestant.                                                             
Monaco, the third of five daughters, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As             
a young girl, she attended St. Joachim's Roman Catholic school in Philadelphia.             
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 modeling. As a young adult, Kelly moved to Los Angeles with           
dreams to become an actress. Success was limited for several years. In 1999, she           
landed her first major role on the soap opera Port Charles playing the roles of             
Livvie Locke and Tess Ramsay. Kelly has been nominated twice for an acting Emmy,           
and she currently plays the role of Samantha McCall on the soap opera General               
In 1996, Monaco sent nude modeling photos of herself to Playboy and in April               
1997 she became the Playboy Playmate of the Month. Throughout her tenure with               
Playboy in the 1990s, 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, California. She was featured in the November             
2005 issue of Playboy, however the pictorial consisted of previously unpublished           
photos from her Miss April 1997 shoot.                                                     
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 (1999–2003) and Tess Ramsey (2002–2003). 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.