|Date of Birth:||1972 April 27|
|Age:||45 years old|
|spouse||Jonathan Knight (m. 1995–99) Scott DeFreitas (m. 2000)|
|place_of_birth||Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S|
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Two-time Emmy Awards winner, Maura West is an American actress. She is famous for playing Carly Snyder on the CBS daytime soap opera "As the World Turns". From September 2010 to August 2011, West portrayed Diane Jenkins on "The Young and the Restless" , and as of 2017, she plays mob heiress Ava Jerome on "General Hospital."
Maura West was born as Maura Jo Snyder on April 27, 1972, as the youngest of four children in Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S. She changed her last name, to her mother's maiden named West, at the age of 18. She attended Boston University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. She has two elder brother named Peter and Andrew and one sister Amy.
Maura West started her television acting career fresh out of college in her early twenties. In 1995, she joined the CBS soap opera "As the World Turns", where she portrayed as Carly Snyder. She held the role for 15 straight long years from April 11, 1995, to May 8, 1996. She received the nomination for Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Villainess.
On September 10, 1997, she returned to the same role, remaining in the series, until its television finale on September 17, 2010. Irna Phillips created the series whereas, Jean Passanante and Leah Laiman served as writer. In 1967, the shows switched to colour and expanded from a half-hour in length to one hour starting on December 1, 1975.
Thus, the series became the most-watched daytime drama from 1958 until 1978, with ten million viewers tuning in each day. At its height, core actors such as Helen Wagner, Don MacLaughlin, Don Hastings, and Eileen Fulton able to gain nationally known. Three of these actors Wagner, Hastings, and Fulton are also the three longest-serving actors in the history of American soap operas.
From (1999 - 2000), she gained two Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Younger Lead Actress.In 2001, she received the nomination for Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Favourite Couple award, which she shared with her co-star Michael Park.
She received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2001 and 2002.
From (2004, 2008 and 2009), West nominated for three times for Daytime Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. However, she only winning twice, once in 2007 and in 2010. At the 32nd Daytime Emmy Awards, West and Park received a nomination for the Special Fan Award for Most Irresistible Combination.
In 2020, it was announced that she would join the CBS soap opera, "The Young and the Restless", as the third actress to portray Diane Jenkins. On September 2010, she began to work in the role and made her first appearance on the show on October 8, 2010.
In May 2011, CBS Soaps In-depth confirmed West had been let go from the soap after only several months on-air. The series was created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The series originally focused on two core families, the wealthy Brooks family and the working class Foster family.
It was announced in April 2013 that West would join the ABC soap opera "General Hospital" in a top-secret role. On April 24, 2013, she confirmed to have joined the cast in the newly created role of Ava Jerome. She made her first appeared on May 8. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production. It is the third longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light and As the World Turns.
In 2015, she earned a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. On April 26, 2015, she received Daytime Award for the same category.
West appeared in the series "A Baby Story" in 2007. Most recently, she appeared in the feature film "Come Back to Me" where, she served as an adaption of the novel, The Resurrectionist.
Recently, West revealed that she hoped to work with Michael Park again. Moreover, Maura has appeared some theatre, but nothing on Broadway. Her stage roles included Much Ado About Nothing, Translations, Top Girls, and Hamlet.
Maura West was previously married to Jonathan Knight in 1995. But after living together around four years they divorced in 1999. Jonathan Knight is an American singer and part of the boy band New Kids on the Block. They have a son named Benjamin Knight.
In 2000, she married second time with Scott DeFreitas. She met Scott DeFreitas on the sets of her previous series "As The World Turns". They have four children together named Joseph Peter, Katherine Marie West, Basil John, Joe West and Birdie West.
According to the source, Maura West DeFreitas' net worth is estimated to be at $4 million in 2016 and her salary is estimated to be around $600,000 from TV Series. She holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. She is active on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.