A native of Philadelphia, model-turned-actress Kelly Monaco initially achieved recognition by appearing as "Playmate of the Month" in an April 1997 issue of Playboy well before her 21st birthday, and then extending her association with the men's magazine into a long sequence of appearances in adult entertainment videos, including Girls Next Door (1997), Babes of Baywatch (1998), and Club Lingerie (2000). Monaco could also be seen on the popular syndicated adventure drama Baywatch, though her appearances on the series were all in uncredited roles in a handful of episodes. She soon found more prominent work as a regular on two daytime soap operas: Port Charles (as Olivia "Livvie" Locke) and General Hospital (as Samantha "Sam" McCall). Monaco netted a substantial audience of prime-time television viewers in 2005 when she competed in season one of the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars, and in fact won that contest alongside partner Alec Mazo. The two subsequently lost a follow-up "dance off" against John O'Hurley and his partner, Charlotte Jørgensen.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Is the third of five sisters.
- Considers herself extremely competitive and excelled in soccer, swimming, track and softball in high school, while also participating in debate and theater.
- Was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for April, 1997, and followed it up by starring in some Playboy videos.
- A former real-life lifeguard, she made her first TV appearance in 1997 on Baywatch.
- Starred on the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles until it was canceled, and was then cast on General Hospital.
- Won Season 1 of Dancing With the Stars in 2005.
- Lost a dance off to former rival John O'Hurley after Season 1 of Dancing With the Stars.
- Cohosted the Daytime Emmys in 2006.
- Was a judge for the 2009 Miss USA Pageant.
- Starred as Bo Peep in the burlesque-style show Peepshow in Las Vegas for three months in 2009.
- Her Las Vegas penthouse hotel room was broken into and burglarized in 2009, but Monaco hid and remained unharmed; the burglar was eventually sent to jail.
- Is involved with the charity Daytime Gives Back, which works with Feed the Children.
- Is a vegetarian.