Sexy, petite Kelly Monaco brings likeability and street smarts to the role of Sam Mc Call, which she has played since October 2003.
In high school, she began her acting training, studying speech, debate, and theater.
She suffered some hearing loss due to scuba diving.
Once she finished high school, she attended Northampton Community College for two years and worked as a lifeguard -- which turned out to be prescient.
Monaco posed for took advantage of Monaco's appearance on the show: In one episode, Sam was visited by a fellow competitor, actor John O' Hurley as a police officer looking for Jason Morgan.
To use her newfound dance ability, Sam also briefly had a double on trophy a second time in 2012, this time with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
The two were so charismatic together that people suspected they were having an affair.
(Monaco and her boyfriend of 18 years, Mike Gonzalez, broke up in 2009.) Of their relationship, the actress would only say, '"What Val and I have is unexplainable." The couple made the finals but finished in third place.
In 2011, she appeared on five episodes of the soap opera reality show, Along with other daytime celebrities, Monaco was part of a Feed the Children program in 2009 and traveled to Africa.
They visited schools and orphanages and delivered food and office supplies.
She has also been involved in I Participate, which is involved in many different volunteer-driven needs, and she worked on improvements at a Los Angeles school.
She currently volunteers with children's charities, senior citizens organizations, and attends many functions that raise money for charity.