Kelly Marie Monaco (born May 23,
1976) is an American model, actress, reality television contestant and
winner of Dancing with the Stars in Season 1. Since 2003, she has played
the character of Sam McCall on General Hospital.
In April 1997, Monaco 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.
Monaco made numerous cover appearances in other magazines such as FHM and
Maxim. Along with her Maxim feature in 2005, the magazine also awarded her
13th place on their annual Hot 100 List in May 2006.
Monaco's 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. In 2006, Monaco also co-hosted the 33rd Annual Daytime
Emmys, with Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron.
In March 2009, Monaco was chosen by Donald Trump and Paula Shugart to be
one of the judges for the 2009 Miss USA pageant.
Monaco was a cast member, and the season winner, on the ABC reality
television series Dancing with the Stars, during its first season in 2005.
Among the events that she experienced prior to her victory were a
disappointing first episode in which she received unvarnished criticism
from judge Bruno Tonioli, and a near-wardrobe malfunction in which the
skimpy strap on her dress during a Latin dance number came apart.
In February 2009, Monaco expanded her dancing résumé with Peepshow, a
burlesque act directed by Tony Award-winning director Jerry Mitchell that
plays at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Monaco
starred as Bo Peep, a precocious character who discovers her sexuality
throughout the show. Monaco starred alongside British pop diva and fellow
Dancing with the Stars contestant Mel B, aka Scary Spice. Both Monaco and
Mel B left the show in late June 2009.
Monaco is also good friends with General Hospital co-star Kimberly
McCullough and has recently taken up Bhangra dancing lessons with her.
Bhangra is a traditional Indian dance.
Monaco is a fan of extreme sports, and participated in the all-women's
Hi-Tec Racing Series, which consisted of 12 miles of off-road running, 3 –
4 miles of kayaking and 12 – 15 miles of mountain biking, interspersed
with a Marine-style obstacle course. Monaco's team came in second.
On April 25, 2009, Monaco's apartment at the Planet Hollywood Hotel was
ransacked by burglars. It is unclear what was taken. On Sept. 8, 2009,
Merrill Wetter was sentenced to 12 to 30 months in jail after pleading
guilty with no contest after being caught by surveillance tape. Wetter is
to pay Monaco a reported $5,000 restitution, a $25 dollar court fee as
well as $150 DNA Fee. Wetter had broken into Monaco’s penthouse while
Monaco was in the bedroom and had hidden behind the bed at the time of
robbery in April 2009.
"General Hospital" .... Sam
McCall / ... (654 episodes, 2003-2010)
- Episode #1.11981 (2010) TV episode .... Samantha 'Sam' McCall
- Episode #1.11980 (2010) TV episode .... Samantha 'Sam' McCall
- Episode #1.11979 (2010) TV episode .... Samantha 'Sam' McCall
- Episode #1.11978 (2010) TV episode .... Samantha 'Sam' McCall
- Episode #1.11976 (2010) TV episode .... Samantha McCall
Football Wives (2007) (TV) .... Ruby Monroe
"Port Charles" .... Livvie / ... (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
... aka Port Charles: Desire (USA: twelfth season title)
... aka Port Charles: Fate (USA: second season title)
... aka Port Charles: Miracles Happen (USA: sixth season title)
... aka Port Charles: Naked Eyes (USA: tenth season title)
... aka Port Charles: Secrets (USA: seventh season title)
... aka Port Charles: Superstitions (USA: eighth season title)
... aka Port Charles: Surrender (USA: eleventh season title)
... aka Port Charles: Tainted Love (USA: fourth season title)
... aka Port Charles: Tempted (USA: fifth season title)
... aka Port Charles: The Gift (USA: last season title)
... aka Port Charles: Time in a Bottle (USA: third season title)
... aka Port Charles: Torn (USA: ninth season title)
- Episode #1.1626 (2003) TV episode .... Olivia 'Livvie' Locke
- Episode dated 30 May 2003 (2003) TV episode .... Livvie
"Spin City" .... Nurse (1 episode, 2001)
- A Shot in the Dark: Part 1 (2001) TV episode .... Nurse
Mumford (1999) .... Landlady's Daughter
Late Last Night (1999) (TV) .... Centerfold Elaina
Idle Hands (1999) .... Tiffany
Welcome to Hollywood (1998) .... Baywatch Woman Guard
BASEketball (1998) (uncredited) .... Pole-Dancing Cheerleader Sharon
"Baywatch" .... Girl flying Kite / ... (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
... aka Baywatch Hawaii (USA: new title)
- Diabolique (1998) TV episode (uncredited) .... Girl flying Kite
- Quarantine (1998) TV episode (uncredited) .... Model at
- The Choice (1997) TV episode (uncredited) .... Rookie Lifeguard