Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from — and is best known as co-host of the syndicated morning talk show Live! Ripa was born in Stratford, New Jersey , the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor-union president and bus driver. She is the first in her family to enter the acting profession. Ripa graduated from Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey ,  where she became a cheerleader and was later encouraged by her drama teacher to pursue acting. Milne , during her senior year.