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Name: Kelly Monaco  
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Date of Birth: 23rd May 1976
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Profession: Actress
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Kelly Monaco
Kelly Monaco
Playboy centerfold appearance April 1997
Birthplace Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birthdate May 23, 1976
Measurements 34" D - 21½" - 31½"
Height 5' 3"
Weight 95 lb (43 kg)
Preceded by Jennifer Miriam
Succeeded by Lynn Thomas

Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and raised in the Poconos) is an American model and actress.

She first gained attention as Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month in April 1997.

Her first television role was on the nightime drama Baywatch from 1997 to 1998 (she had previously been a lifeguard in real life, in addition to playing a variety of sports growing up). She 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 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 Port Charles work.

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 was more important to him than winning. However, it was decided to have a "Dance-Off" special as a followup 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 regular competition.

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. While she has not appeared in Playboy again, she has made cover appearances in scantily-clad magazines such as FHM and Maxim.

Kelly Monaco as Sam McCall on General Hospital

Her appearances in Playboy Special Editions

  • Playboy's Playmate Review Vol. 14 August 1998 — pages 26–33.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 63 September 1998 — pages 34–35.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 64 November 1998 — pages 20–23.
  • Playboy's Playmate Tests November 1998.
  • Playboy's Nudes December 1998 — pages 30–31, 46–47.
  • Playboy's Girls of Winter January 1999 — cover, pages 28–29, 34–35, 40–41, 44–45.
  • Playboy's Playmates in Bed Vol. 3 February 1999 — pages 88–91.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 67 May 1999 — pages 80–81.
  • Playboy's Natural Beauties Vol. 1 May 1999.
  • Playboy's Girls of Summer June 1999.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 68 July 1999 — pages 14–17.
  • Playboy's Hardbodies July 1999.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 69 September 1999.
  • Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 — pages 32–41.
  • Playboy's Barefoot Beauties December 1999.
  • Playboy's Nudes December 1999 — pages 64–65.
  • Playboy's Wet & Wild December 1999.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 71 January 2000 — front & back covers, pages 1–3, 36–37, 66–67, 76–81, 92–93.
  • 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 - pages 36-37.
  • Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. 75 September 2000.
  • Playboy's Nude Playmates April 2001 — pages 80–81.
  • Playboy's Blondes, Brunettes & Redheads March 2002.
  • Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003.
  • Playboy's Girls of Summer June 2003.

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