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Kate Howard on the ABC Television Network's "General Hospital"

Kelly Sullivan joined the cast of "General Hospital" in September 2011 as fashionista and magazine editor Kate Howard, whose ties run deep with family from the "old neighborhood" -- including Sonny and Olivia.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sullivan grew up dancing in ballet companies and singing in school choirs. In high school she garnered awards and accolades for her voice, earning a full scholarship to Arizona State University, where she graduated with honors. Upon graduation in 2000, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of performing on Broadway. Over the past 11 years, Sullivan has worked extensively on and off Broadway, regionally and in Europe. Her television credits include "One Life to Live," "As the World Turns" and "Law & Order."

Sullivan moved to Los Angeles in January of 2011, and lives in Santa Monica with her boyfriend, actor Eric Schneider, and their two therapy dogs. She enjoys surfing, hiking and rock climbing.