Who is Maura West?
Maura West is an American soap opera actress, who attained world fame by portraying Carly Tenney in the series “As the World Turns”, originally in 1995. Maura has since continued with appearances in daytime drama series, including “General Hospital”.
Maura West Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education
Born Maura Jo Snyder on the 27th April 1972 in Springfield, Massachusetts USA, she is the youngest of four children, and has two brothers and a sister.
She spent her childhood in Ludlow, Massachusetts, where she finished high school. She had always been interested in acting and after high school enrolled at Boston University, from which she obtained a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. During her university years, Maura honed her skills in local theater and university plays as well.
“As the World Turns”
It was in 1995 that Maura’s career started; spotted by a casting director while she was performing in one of the university productions, she was offered the role of Carly which she accepted, marking the start of her professional career. She made her screen debut on the 11th of April 1995, and portrayed Carly until the 8th May 1996, when she took a hiatus because of her pregnancy.
Nevertheless, Maura returned to the series in September 1997, and remained on the show until its end on the 17th September 2010, altogether featuring in 847 episodes of the award-winning series. Maura herself received two Daytime Emmy Awards, in addition to numerous other nominations.
Career After Carly Tenney
After the series ended, Maura looked for another long term engagement, and the same year she was selected for the role of Diane Jenkins in another long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless”, portraying the character for seven months in nearly 100 episodes before being replaced, the third actress in the role.
She immediately found a place for herself in the cast of yet another long-running soap opera – “General Hospital”.
Maura was selected for the part of Ava Jerome, which was met with critical acclaim, and since her debut in May 2013, has appeared in over 580 episodes of the Golden Globe award-nominated series. Maura received four Daytime Emmy Award nominations, and won in 2015 in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Maura also made her film debut in 2014, when she played Eileen in the fantasy horror-mystery film “Come Back to Me”, starring Jon Abrahams, Andrew Beckham, and Jeanette Branch.
Maura West Net Worth, Height, Weight, Body Statistics, and Appearance
Maura West is one of the world’s most popular soap opera stars, and she has proven her quality by having several long-running roles. Her work has significantly increased her wealth, and according to sources, Maura West’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million, as of early 2020.
Maura is known for her great looks, despite her pregnancies and being in her late 40s; she stands at 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, while she weighs around 123lbs or 55kg.
— Maura West (@MauraWest) May 1, 2016
Her vital statistics are unknown, though she has a slim figure. Maura’s eyes are blue and she has naturally blonde hair.
Maura West Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Divorce, Children
Maura’s personal life is an open book – she has one failed marriage behind her and is married to her second husband. Maura’s first husband was Jonathan Knight and the two were married from 1995 until 1999. Before the divorce, the couple welcomed one child together, a son named Benjamin, born in June 1996.
Following the divorce, she started a romantic relationship with her co-star from “As the World Turns”, Scott DeFreitas, which later turned into marriage. Maura, a big fan of the New York Yankees became engaged to Scott on the Yankees stadium – he asked her to marry him with the help of the scoreboard in center field. Their wedding ceremony was held on the 22nd January 2000, and since then they’ve welcomed four children, including son Joe West, who is a Broadway actor.
Raise a glass to the incomparable Maura West! No one else could bring Ava Jerome to life in the amazing way she does day in and day out. #WomanCrushWednesday #WCW
Maura West’s Husband, Scott DeFreitas
Born Scott James DeFreitas on the 9th September 1969, in Newton, Massachusetts USA, he is an actor, who achieved stardom with the role of Andrew “Andy” Dixon in the soap opera “As the World Turns”. He portrayed the character in two stints, from 1985 until 1995, and then from 1997 until 2000, receiving three Daytime Emmy Award nominations, but the award eluded him every time. He also has four Soap Opera Digest Award nominations to his name.