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Maura West Bio

(Diane, Y&R)


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MARITAL STATUS: West has been married to former co-star Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy, ATWT) since Jan. 22, 2000. She was married to director Jonathan Knight from 1995-1999.
CHILDREN: Benjamin Crawford West Knight (June 1996), Joseph Peter DeFreitas (March 29, 2000), Katherine Marie DeFreitas (Jan. 9, 2002), Basil John DeFreitas (January 30, 2007) and daughter Birdie DeFreitas (born June 16, 2009)
YEARS ON SHOW: 2010-present

Maura West was born on April 27 in Springfield, Mass. and raised in nearby Ludlow. She is the youngest of four children and has two brothers and one sister. She attended Boston University and graduated with a bachelors degree in fine arts.

The actress won the role of Carly in 1995 after the show's casting director saw her in a college production in Boston. She left the show in May 1996 to give birth to her son, Benjamin Knight. West returned to ATWT in September 1997, continuing her character's schemes and lusty affairs.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. Was born Maura Jo Snyder (West is her mother's maiden name, which she took at 17).
  2. Watched AS THE WORLD TURNS while attending high school and was huge fan of Martha Byrne (ex-Lily) and Ben Hendrickson (ex-Hal).
  3. Earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Boston University.
  4. Is a fan of the New York Yankees.
  5. Husband Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy) proposed to her at Yankee Stadium via the scoreboard in center field.
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Other Roles

Other Soap Roles
AS THE WORLD TURNS (1995-2010)

Stage Roles
Much Ado About Nothing
Top Girls

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