American author, Linda Ripa has published the world-famous book ‘The Ladybug Blues’. But she is more popular as the celebrity sister of famous actress Kelly Ripa. Actually, she is the elder sister of Kelly. Her younger sister Kelly is well-known for her association with ABC New Media Productions, Philly 57, and CN8.
|Caption: Kelly Ripa's sister Linda Ripa (Photo: gettyimages)|
Linda Ripa Parents
On 3rd December 1968, Linda Ripa was born in Camden County, New Jersey, under the birth sign Sagittarius. Her father Joseph Ripa was a labor union president and bus driver. But her mother Esther Ripa was a homemaker.
Having American nationality, Linda is of mixed ethnicity ( Italian and Irish ancestry). She was raised as Roman Catholic. She grew up with her sibling sister Kelly Ripa an actress and dancer.
Linda is the sister-in-law of actor Mark Consuelos. She has a cousin named Steve Ripa. She is the aunt of Micheal Joseph Consuelos, Lola Grace Consuelos, and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos.
Linda Ripa Sister Kelly Ripa
Her sister Kelly Ripa is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, journalist, and television producer born on October 2, 1970. She is popular for her roles Hayley Vaughan on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children (1990–2002) and Faith Fairfield on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith (2003–2006).
She has been the co-host of the syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Ryan in various formats since 2001. She with her husband Mark Consuelos, owns a New York-based production company, Mojo. The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media in the year 2014.
Was Linda Ripa Ever Married?
She remains tight-lipped regarding her personal life. Also, Linda refused to disclose the identity of her partner. It doesn't mean, she never been married or engaged. She was seen wearing a dazzling diamond engagement ring until 23 August 2013. She has probably been through a personal issue or a bitter split. But Linda is raising her son as a single mother.
According to reports, she tied the wedding vows with a police officer until mid-2013. fro, their relationship, she gave birth to a son named Sergio-Giuseppe Ripa born on September 8, 1999. She is having a blissful life.
7 Months Pregnant, Linda Ripa Car Accident
She drove around Northeast Philadelphia running errands while she was seven months pregnant in the year 1999. Linda got hit head-on while waiting for a traffic light to turn and spun into a minivan. In the accident, she sustained multiple bone fractures. Also, her broken pelvis pushed onto her unborn son, Sergio-Giuseppe, and caused him to go into a coma.
She refused anesthetics when surgeons had to repair the injuries to her legs out of fear that certain medications may further harm her son. She bears pain medication that goes along with it. Finally, her son Sergio responded to stimuli after four weeks in a coma. He came into the world seven weeks prematurely on September 8, 1999. In 2002, she told the New York Times
"We don't know how it happened, but it did and, of course, we call him Miracle Baby,''
Her son sustained the trauma apart from breathing problems other than that he has no side effects. She was bedridden for almost a year after the accident. Then Linda has to cope with physical damage to her body became second to not being able to hold her son.
''It was the worst thing you could imagine,'' she said. ''As much as I hurt from all the broken bones and operations, the worst thing was not really being able to hold my son for very long. Any mother would tell you that.''
She has a love for drawing then had her pick up colored pencils someone had given her, and from that stemmed the children’s book “The Ladybug Blues.”
''My nickname as a little kid was Ladybug, so I drew some,'' she said. ''My little nephew, Mikey, would come in to visit and I would hold the papers up with my arms and draw for him. And I would tell stories to him and my son.''
The driver who drove the vehicle under the influence of alcohol got sentenced to six to twenty-four months in jail.
What Linda Ripa Sued The Orthopedic Surgeon?
She sued the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Menachem Meller who operated on her. According to reports, Dr. Meller rushed into surgery without discussing the risks with her. Also, the doctor wrongly set the bones in her right ankle. The botched operation left her with nerve damage that caused constant pain. Also, her clawed foot which medical experts testified, left her unable to walk correctly without crutches.
Because of her injures, Linda's lawyer Roberta Pichini argued, prevented Linda from continuing an acting and modeling career and the loss of a $150,000 annual salary as personal assistant to older actress sister, Kelly Ripa.
The doctor refused, Linda offered to settle for $2.4 million before the trial started. In February 2004, the trial ended and the Philadelphia jury voted in favor of Linda. The court ordered the orthopedic surgeon to pay her $15 million.
What's Linda Ripa Net Worth?
According to recent reports, Linda Ripa has a net worth of around $10 million. She earned $15 million from an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Menachem Meller after the court declares a decision in her favor. Also, she has been collecting worth through her work as an author.
Linda collected more than $1.3 million from her book 'The Ladybug Blues'. She is living a lavish life out of his earnings. Also, her elder sister Kelly Ripa has an estimated net worth of around $120 million. Also, she has been earning an annual salary of $22 million from her work.
What is the Height of Linda Ripa?
Linda has a height of 5 feet 3 inches tall. While her body weighs around 63kg. She has dark brown colored hair with blue colored eyes.
Linda has indulged herself in vivid fields such as News Media Productions, Philly 57, CN8, and NLP while talking about her professional career. Also, she starred in ABC's show known as Across America.
Linda has contributed a lot to American literature as well as the broadcasting sector. She is a skillful and multitalented person. Also, has published the world-famous book ‘The Ladybug Blues’.