Linda Ripa is the author of the world-famous book "The Ladybug Blues". Linda Ripa is also a survivor of a deadly accident.
She is better known as the younger sister of Kelly Ripa, Kelly Ripa is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer. She is the co-host of the syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Ryan.
Kelly Rippa is famous for playing portraying the role of Hayley Vaughan in the ABC soap opera All My Children and Faith Fairfield on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith.
However Linda Rippa didn't get enough media attention, one incident was when Linda get attention for her book "The Ladybug Blues" and another time she got media attraction was for her freaking accident which he survived.
Let's find out about her early life, her bond with her Sister, her present life, her love life and more;
She was born in the land of New Jersey, on December 3, 1968, in Camden County. Her parents' names are Esther Ripa and Joseph Ripa.
Her brother's name is Sergio Ripa who is 75% Italian and 25% Irish, she shares her ranch-style home which is across the street with her brother Sergio.
The Italian history of Linda Ripa are in Calabria, Marche, and Abruzzo. Like that her brother Linda too is mostly Italian. Her grandfather, Giuseppe Ripa/Joseph was the son of Elpidio Ripa. He was born in San Elpidio, Province of Fermo, Marche, Italy. Her paternal grandmother Maria, too was an Italian.
The Grandparents of her Mother's side; Her Maternal Grandmother, Esther A. DiPretoro, who was the daughter of Palmerino DiPretoro and Mary Laurogna, who was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, from Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy.
As a child, Linda was fond of drawing, she was also called by her nickname Ladybug, the name to which she later wrote a book and became popular.
Linda Ripa started her career as a model and as a host of a Sports show for Television. Her passion and interest then shift to writing and in 2003, she published a children's book, The Ladybug Blues. This book was supposed to be based on a story she created for her 4 years old son Sergio-Giuseppe.
Her elder sister Kelly Ripper is a popular face and she is now mostly known as the host of popular talk show programs but Kelly seems like a bit secretive personality, who keeps her personal life out of the limelight.
The author sister of Kelly Ripa also seems not so active on Facebook or any other social media which makes it difficult to say and understand where she is and what she is doing these days.
53-year-old author, Linda is a very private person. She has kept her personal life and herself hidden from the public eye. Linda also does not have any active social media accounts. It's very tough to disclose her real marital status.
By the report of 1999, this then-would-be-husband was a police officer in a resolutely middle-class 300-year-old Camden County town. She might be living a single life at the moment and could be more enthusiastic about her work and might be spending quality time with his son and other family members.
Lind has a son Sergio Giuseppe Ripa, but no information was available which can say whether she was married to the father of her son or they both parted away later.
In 1999, Linda suffer a near-death auto accident, which cause fractures of the pelvis, sternum, and ankle. As per sources, the accident was driven by a speeding drunk driver who hit Linda after running a red light.
When this happen, Linda was 8 months pregnant to his police officer fiance. Sergio who was not even born went into a coma along with her mother for 4th months and after his birth, he was even named "Miracle Baby", by her mom.
The author Mom, refused to take anaesthetic during her leg surgery and also a pain killer because it could affect her unborn baby. She had needed it during a leg surgery but feared it would damage her baby.
Sergio was born about seven weeks premature on Sept. 8, 1999. But Linda raised him in such a way that Sergio grew up completely fit and healthy. Because of his premature birth, he had a bit of breathing problem else he is completely fine.
On being called as "Miracle Baby"
”We don’t know how it happened, but it did and, of course, we call him Miracle Baby. I don’t suspect I will be without pain the rest of my life, but when I look at my son, I know I won’t give up.”
Linda Rippa told to NY Times in 2002.
The hold incident that includes this frightening accident and the pain that Linda has to suffer was traumatic for Linda and her family. Her talk show host sister was with Linda in her traumatic days.
The times after her accident was just nightmare for Linda and after the treatment, she was recovering from her injuries. In those painful days, some good things happens to her, she received a 15million US dollars from a surgeon who severely messed up one of her surgeries.
The driver who hit Ripa after drink and drive was sentenced to jail for 6-24 months. The driver's family even abused her with slang words when she showed up in a wheelchair on a trail.
”They called me the names you might imagine as if it was my fault. They really showed no remorse, and I have no doubt that he could go and do this again,”
Because of her horrible accident, Linda has to bid goodbye to her modelling career and choose writing as her career.
Since the accident of her sister, Kelly has been an active advocate of organizations for preventing drunk driving. Both Kelly sisters are now active in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
In 2001, the elder Ripa served as the national head of MADD's Tie One on for Safety campaign, in which drivers vow to drive sober on holiday weekends by tying a red ribbon to their automobile. Kelly also helps her younger sister in her writing career.She has appeared with her author sister on "Live with Regis and Kelly" to promote the book, as well as at a number of events.
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