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Maura West

Maura West
West at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards with daughter Katherine, 2010
Born Maura Jo Snyder
(1972-04-27) April 27, 1972
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Boston University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Known for
Home town Ludlow, Massachusetts, U.S.
Television
Spouse(s)
Children 5
Awards See below

Maura West DeFreitas (born Maura Jo Snyder; April 27, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her 15-year portrayal as Carly Snyder on the CBS daytime soap opera As the World Turns, a role she held from 1995 until the series finale in 2010. West later portrayed the role Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless from September 2010 to August 2011, and as of 2013, currently portrays mob heiress Ava Jerome on General Hospital.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

West was born on April 27, 1972 in Springfield, Massachusetts as the youngest of four children. Growing up in Ludlow, Massachusetts, West attended Boston University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.[1]

Career

In 1995, West joined the cast of the CBS soap opera As the World Turns in the role of Carly Tenney. She held the role from April 11, 1995 to May 8, 1996. West later returned to the role on September 10, 1997, remaining on the series, until its television finale on September 17, 2010.[2][3] West has received a number of honors for her portrayal of Carly, including nominations for the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in 1996,[1] for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress 1999[1] and 2000,[1] for Favorite Couple in 2001, an award which she shared with co-star Michael Park.[1] She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2001[4] and 2002.[5] West also received three nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2004,[6] 2008[7] and 2009;[8] only winning twice, once in 2007[9] and in 2010.[10] At the 32nd Daytime Emmy Awards, West and Park received a nomination for the Special Fan Award for Most Irresistible Combination.[11]

It was announced in August 2010 that West would join the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless, as the third actress to portray Diane Jenkins. West began work in the role on September 1, 2010, and made her first appearance on the show on October 8, 2010.[12][13][14] In May 2011, CBS Soaps Indepth confirmed West had been let go from the soap after only several months on-air.[15][16][17]

In April 2013, it was announced that West would join the ABC soap opera General Hospital, in a top-secret role.[18] On April 24, 2013, West was confirmed to have joined the cast in the newly created role of Ava Jerome, and first appeared on May 8.[19] West's portrayal of Ava has been met with critical acclaim, having earned her a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, her first for her portrayal of Ava and sixth over-all in the category.[20] She later won in the category on April 26, 2015.[21]

In 2014, West made her first appearance in the feature film, Come Back to Me, which served as an adaption of the novel, The Resurrectionist.[22]

Personal life

West has been married twice; first to Jonathan Knight from 1995 to 1999, and currently to former World Turns co-star Scott DeFreitas since January 22, 2000.[1] West has five children, one from her marriage with Knight, and four from her marriage to DeFreitas.[1]

Filmography

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1995
As the World Turns Carly Snyder Main role; 1995–2010
[2]
2000
A Baby Story Herself One episode; May 12, 2000
[23]
2010
The Young and the Restless Diane Jenkins Main role; 2010–11
[14]
2013
General Hospital Ava Jerome Main role; 2013–
[19]
2014
Come Back to Me Eileen Film adaptation of The Resurrectionist
[22]

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
1996
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Villainess As the World Turns Nominated
[1]
1999
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress As the World Turns Nominated
[1]
2000
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Younger Lead Actress As the World Turns Nominated
[1]
2001
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Nominated
[4]
2001
Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Couple (shared with Michael Park) As the World Turns Nominated
[1]
2002
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Nominated
[5]
2004
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Nominated
[6]
2005
Daytime Emmy Award Most Irresistible Combination (shared with Michael Park) As the World Turns Nominated
[11]
2007
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Won
[9]
2008
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Nominated
[7]
2009
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Nominated
[8]
2010
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series As the World Turns Won
[10]
2015
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Won
[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Maura West 411".  
  2. ^ a b "Maura West: Other Roles".  
  3. ^ Carter, Bill (2009-12-08). "CBS Cancels ‘As the World Turns,’ Procter & Gamble’s Last Soap Opera". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Regis tracks two Emmys".  
  5. ^ a b Offman, Craig (March 13, 2002). "Daytime Emmy noms announced".  
  6. ^ a b "The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations". emmyonline.org and  
  7. ^ a b "The 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations".  
  8. ^ a b "The 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". emmyonline.org and  
  9. ^ a b "The 2007 Daytime Emmy Award Winners". PopSugar Entertainment. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b As the World Turns' tops Daytime Emmys"'".  
  11. ^ a b "Viewer's Favorite Award for Most Irresistible Combination".  
  12. ^ Logan, Michael (2012-08-05). "Exclusive: Maura West Joins The Young and the Restless". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ Fairman, Michael (2010-08-05). "B-I-N-G-O! ATWT’s Maura West headed to Y&R!". Michaelfairmansoaps.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Kroll, Dan J. (2010-08-05). "Maura West joins Y&R as the new Diane Jenkins". Soapcentral.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  15. ^ "West Out as Y&R's Diane". Soapoperadigest.com. 2011-05-25. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (2011-05-25). "Maura West let go from Y&R". Soapcentral.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ Fairman, Michael (2011-05-24). "DEVELOPING STORY: Is Maura West out at Y&R?". Michaelfairmansoaps.com. Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ Giddens, Jamey (2013-04-13). "Is Soap Superstar Maura West Headed For General Hospital?". DaytimeConfidential.com. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Maura West To GH!".  
  20. ^ "The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations".  
  21. ^ a b "The 42nd Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners".  
  22. ^ a b "General Hospital's Maura West In Come Back To Me.". Soaps She Knows. United States: SheKnows Media Entertainment. July 15, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Episode Detail: Baby DeFrietas - A Baby Story".  

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