Mary Beth Evans

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Mary Beth Evans
Born (1961-03-07) March 7, 1961 (age 56)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Dr. Michael Schwartz (November 3, 1985-present) 3 children[1]

Mary Beth Evans (born March 7, 1961) is an American television actress, known for her role as Kayla Brady on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, and her role as Sierra Estaban on the CBS daytime soap As the World Turns.

Career[edit]

Evans is most famous for portraying Kayla Brady on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1986 to 1992, 2006 to 2009, and 2010 to present. In the 1980s, her character became half of the supercouple Steve and Kayla, with Steve "Patch" Johnson played by Stephen Nichols. In regards to Steve and Kayla’s first wedding, which was one of the biggest in “Days’” history, Evans remarked, “I think it was number one? And that wedding was just so extravagant. It was outside, which was a big deal on a daytime show. It was beautiful.” [2] Evans left the show in 1992 but returned (with Nichols) on June 12, 2006 after a fourteen-year absence. In 2009, Evans and Nichols were written off Days of Our Lives.[3] Evans returned in 2010 and has appeared on a recurring basis every year since. In 2015, she was placed back on contract with the series.

Prior to her first stint on Days of our Lives, Evans portrayed Piper in the teen romantic comedy flick Lovelines. She has guest-starred in number of primetime television series, including Father Murphy, Knight Rider, Masquerade, Remington Steele, Riptide, Murder, She Wrote, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Monk, Criminal Minds, and Body of Proof.

Evans appeared on other daytime soap operas between her stints at Days of Our Lives. In September 1993, she began playing the villainous Katherine Bell on General Hospital (and later on Port Charles) until October 1999. Evans moved to New York City to play Sierra Estaban on As the World Turns from December 2000 to late 2005, later reprising the role from July 2010 until the show's finale on September 17, 2010.[4] In 2005, One Life to Live almost signed her on contract for the role of Dr. Paige Miller, but Evans backed out at the last moment and the role was filled with Kimberlin Brown.[5]

Since 2010, Evans has starred on the soap opera web series The Bay as Sara Garrett.[6] As a producer for the series, she won a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series.[7][8] In 2016, Evans was nominated again as a producer, as well as in the category Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for portraying Sara.[9][10] The same year she was also nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Days of Our Lives.[9][10] Evans won all three.[11][12] She won two more Emmys in 2017 for The Bay, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series and as a producer for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series.[13]

In 2014 and 2015 Evans also appeared as Catherine Hendrie on the ABC Family drama series Chasing Life.

Personal life[edit]

Evans was born in Pasadena, California[14] and grew up in Orange County, California.[1] She married cosmetic surgeon Michael Schwartz on November 3, 1985.[1] They have three children, Daniel Luke (born 1987), Katherine Elizabeth (born 1990), and Matthew Joseph (born 1993).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Toy Soldiers Buffy
1984 Lovelines Piper
2001 American Coffee Receptionist Short

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Father Murphy Josephine "Sweet Sixteen"
1983 Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Kitty Beaumont TV film
1983 Masquerade Linda / Arlene "Girls for Sale"
1984 Riptide Ellie Thompkins "Four Eyes"
1984 Knight Rider Cindy Mattheson "White-Line Warriors"
1984–1985 Rituals Dakota 'Koty' Lane Main role
1985 Remington Steele Cindy Dirks "Illustrated Steele"
1986 Knight Rider Nancy Marsden "Deadly Knightshade"
1986–1992 Days of Our Lives Kayla Brady Regular role
1993 Murder, She Wrote Julie Knight "The Sound of Murder"
1993–1999 General Hospital Katherine Bell Regular role
1993 Crime & Punishment "Fire with Fire"
1996 General Hospital: Twist of Fate Katherine Bell TV film
1997–1999 Port Charles Katherine Bell TV series
2003–2005 As the World Turns Sierra Estaban Drake Regular role
2006–present Days of Our Lives Kayla Brady Recurring role
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Eichenberry "Trials"
2009 Monk Mrs. Rickover "Mr. Monk and the End: Parts 1 & 2"
2010 Nip/Tuck Blonde in Waiting Room "Christian Troy II"
2010 As the World Turns Sierra Estaban Guest role
2010 Criminal Minds Candice DeLilly "Remembrance of Things Past"
2010–2016 Bay, TheThe Bay Sara Garrett Main role
2011 Body of Proof Lawyer "Lazarus Man"
2011 Pretty the Series Sara Garrett "Welcome to Pretty Pageant Therapy"
2014–2015 Chasing Life Catherine Hendrie Recurring role
2016–2017 This Just In Karen Recurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Series Result Ref.
1989 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Stephen Nichols) Days of Our Lives Won [15]
1990 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime (shared with Stephen Nichols) Days of Our Lives Nominated
2014 Indie Series Award Best Crossover The Bay: The Series and Pretty Nominated [16]
2015 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding New Approaches Drama Series (Producer) The Bay: The Series Won [7][8]
2016 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series The Bay: The Series Won [11]
Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series (Producer) The Bay: The Series Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Won [12]
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series The Bay: The Series Won [13]
Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series (Producer) The Bay: The Series Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Moving Forward." Soap Opera Digest (Vol. 39, No. 4), January 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Cushman, Dustin (February 14, 2017). "Interview: Mary Beth Evans, Stephen Nichols talk Steve & Kayla's wedding". SheKnows Soaps. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ HINSEY, CAROLYN. "SONNY MAKES LOVE - NOT (GANG) WAR." New York Daily News (NY), February 6, 2009, SPORTS FINAL, TELEVISION: 102. NewsBank. Web. June 24, 2013.
  4. ^ Newcomb, Roger (April 29, 2010). "Lucy and Sierra Back to AS THE WORLD TURNS". We Love Soaps. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "One Life to Live has recast Dr - Soaps News". TVGuide.com. 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  6. ^ Logan, Michael (February 18, 2011). "Exclusive: Online Soap The Bay Looking For a TV Home". TV Guide. Retrieved September 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "CBS, PBS and The Bold and the Beautiful Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners". Variety. April 25, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "The 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 24, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Young & Restless Leads Daytime Emmy Noms But Ceremony Won't Be on TV". Variety. March 24, 2016. Archived from the original on August 12, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Newcomb, Roger (April 30, 2016). "43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winner's List". We Love Soaps. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Daytime Emmy Winners: Complete List". Variety. May 1, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "The 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners" (PDF). New York City: National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. April 28, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Mary Beth Evans Biography". Buddytv.com. 1961-03-07. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  15. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1989". Soap Opera Digest. soapoperadigest.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "3rd Annual Indie Series Awards Nominees". indieseriesawards.com. 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2016. 

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