Kelly Ripa is best known for her television show “Live with Regis and Kelly” and her subsequent series “Live with Kelly and Michael” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan”. In her new book, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Shorts,” she shares her struggles and triumphs with humor and insight. In this honest memoir, Ripa discusses her long-running battle with anxiety, her work as a television host, and more.
Review of Kelly Ripa’s debut memoir-in-essays
In Kelly Ripa’s new memoir, Live Wire, Ripa reveals a personal side that makes it an ideal read for anyone looking to learn more about the television host and talk show co-host. Despite her successful television career, Ripa has been dogged by personal issues. Ripa has a history of anxiety, which is a topic that she opens up about in Live Wire.
Ripa’s memoir begins with a story that sounds like it came straight out of a daytime soap opera, with Ripa passing out during an emergency room visit with her husband. She woke up in a hospital, only to be told that she had two cysts on her ovaries and had to undergo surgery. In fact, Ripa’s ovarian cysts were so large that she briefly lost consciousness.
Ripa’s first national television appearance was in 1986. She appeared on several variety shows including Dancing on Air and Dance Party USA. Her career goal at that time was to become a newscaster, but in 1990 she was cast in her first major acting role, as Hayley Vaughan on the soap opera All My Children. Later she returned to the show to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Ripa has a successful television career, and she has produced several projects for various networks. She launched her own production company in 2007 and was the producer of the Emmy-nominated feature documentary “The Streak,” which chronicled the Brandon High School wrestling team’s 34-year winning streak. Her company also signed first look development deals with Discovery Channel for several non-scripted series. The company has produced shows such as “Homemade Millionaire” and the docuseries “Masters of Reception”. Her most recent show, “Off the Rez”, premiered on TLC in May 2011.
Ripa’s memoir is not without its share of controversy. She loves to reveal details about her relationship, but her husband Mark Consuelos asked her to take out a passage about their marriage. The passage was about a transitional period in their relationship, and the comedian didn’t want to share too much about their bedroom activities.
Ripa’s debut memoir-in essays is a personal, humorous and insightful read about her life. Her life and work were intertwined and Ripa’s success and failures shaped her life in some ways. Her relationship with Philbin was one of her greatest triumphs and most difficult challenges. Ripa is an incredible human being and a strong writer.
In addition to her memoir-in-essays, Ripa’s fashion sense has been noticed. In addition to wearing thigh-skimming tennis shorts, she also wears sneakers, revealing her toned legs. She also continues to promote her daughter’s music career. Last summer, she and her husband Mark Consuelos attended the Live! With Kelly and Ryan book tour in New York. Mark Consuelos posted a photo of Ripa on Instagram. The photo showed Ripa wearing a floral-print sundress.
Highlights from the book
Ripa is a familiar face on television, as she co-hosted “Live With Regis and Kelly” and “Live With Kelly and Michael.” Her new memoir, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Shorts,” is filled with hilarious stories and personal essays. She talks about working in a TV studio, dealing with work stress, and dealing with anxiety.
A highlight of this collection is a tribute to author and activist Grace Paley. Known for her lyrical and poetical works, Paley was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist who illuminated the real world through fiction and poetry. Her co-author, Richard Thompson, is a founding member of the British folk rock group Fairport Convention, which popularized the folk genre in the 1960s.
Ripa also opens up about her long-time relationship with Regis Philbin. She also shares her philosophy about aging. Ripa discusses her relationships with Mark Consuelos and Regis Philbin, as well as her unfulfilled nesting after the children left home.
Sources for the book
In Live Wire: Long-Winded Stories, Kelly Ripa shares personal essays and stories. For example, she tells how she met her husband, Mark Consuelos, wearing hair curlers and putting toothpaste on a pimple. Another story involves the time she accidentally stuffed a tampon into her purse. But she keeps these stories for her memoir.
Ripa, who previously hosted “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and now co-host of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “Kelly Ripa’s Real World” talk shows, has been in the show business for 30 years, and she has decided to step out and try her hand at professional writing. Live Wire: Long-Winded Stories is Ripa’s first book, and it is a very different genre than her usual fare. Ripa reveals her challenges and triumphs with a touch of humor. She gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at her high-profile colleagues, and she shares her struggles with anxiety.