Maura West

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Maura West
Maura West at 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
West at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards with daughter Katherine, 2010
Born
Maura Jo Snyder

(1972-04-27) April 27, 1972 (age 47)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
Boston University (BFA)
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Known forPerformance in American soap opera television
Home townLudlow, Massachusetts, U.S.
Television
Spouse(s)
Children5
AwardsSee below

Maura West DeFreitas (born Maura Jo Snyder; April 27, 1972) is an American actress. She began her career in 1995, when she was cast Carly Tenney on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns; she remained with the soap until its series finale on September 17, 2010. West later went on to portray the role Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless from September 2010 to August 2011. In 2013, she was cast in the role of art dealer Ava Jerome on General Hospital.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

West has been married twice; first to Jonathan Knight from 1995 to 1999, and currently to former As the World Turns co-star Scott DeFreitas since January 22, 2000.[1] West has five children. One of her children, Joe West, is a Broadway actor.

Filmography[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1995–2010 As the World Turns Carly Snyder Series regular [2]
2000 A Baby Story Herself One episode (May 12, 2000) [23]
2010–2011 The Young and the Restless Diane Jenkins Series regular [14]
2013–present General Hospital Ava Jerome Series regular [19]
2014 Come Back to Me Eileen Film adaptation of The Resurrectionist [22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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
Outstanding Younger Lead Actress Nominated
[1]
2000
Nominated
[1]
2001
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
[4]
2001
Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite Couple (shared with Michael Park) Nominated
[1]
2002
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
[5]
2004
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
[6]
2005
Most Irresistible Combination (shared with Michael Park) Nominated
[11]
2007
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
[9]
2008
Nominated
[7]
2009
Nominated
[8]
2010
Won
[10]
2015
General Hospital Won
[21]
2016
Nominated
[24]
2018 Nominated [25]
2019 Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Maura West". Soap Opera Digest. United States: soapoperadigest.com. American Media. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Maura West: Other Roles". Soap Opera Digest. United States: soapoperadigest.com. American Media. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  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". Variety. Penske Business Media. March 13, 2001. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Offman, Craig (March 13, 2002). "Daytime Emmy noms announced". Variety. Penske Business Media. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 4, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "The 35th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. April 30, 2008. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "The 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 14, 2009. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  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". The Hollywood Reporter. New York City: Prometheus Global Media. Associated Press. June 27, 2010. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Viewer's Favorite Award for Most Irresistible Combination". CBS. Archived from the original on 6 March 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  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. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  19. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: Maura West To GH!". Soap Opera Digest. American Media, Inc. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  20. ^ "The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 31, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  21. ^ a b "The 42nd Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". Burbank: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. April 26, 2015. Archived from the original on April 27, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  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". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  24. ^ "The 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations" (PDF). New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. March 24, 2016. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  25. ^ All citations concerning the nominations for the 45th Daytime Emmy Awards:

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