Monaco's television credits include co-hosting the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were broadcast for the first time from Hollywood. She also starred in the first season of the ABC primetime summer mega-hit, "Dancing with the Stars," and won the dance championship. She also had a three-and-a-half-year stint the soap Port Charles, where she garnered her first Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (2003). Her television debut occurred in 1997, when she landed a recurring role on "Baywatch." In addition, she has appeared in the feature films "Idle Hands," "Mumford," and "BASEketball." Monaco grew up in Philadelphia, where she participated in soccer, swimming, track and softball, among other sports. In addition to athletics, she participated intensely in speech, debate and theater in high school. Monaco is involved in numerous children's charity events and programs for the elderly.