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Maura has been starring as "Carly" on CBS's soap opera "As The World Turns" since 1995. West was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2001 and 2002. In 2004, she received her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress. She has also been nominated for two Soap Opera Awards, for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress and Outstanding Villainess. Maura is married to fellow former cast member, Scott DeFreitas (Andy). The actress is the proud mother of son Benjamin (b. 6/96), from a previous marriage, Joseph Peter DeFreitas (b. 3/29/2000) and Katherine Marie DeFreitas (b. 1/9/2002). They have one dog, Mollusk. She loves the New York Yankees, reading and most of all, spending time with her family. Maura was born on April 27, 1972, in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is the youngest of four children; her siblings include two brothers, Peter and Andrew, and one sister, Amy. She attended Boston University and graduated with a bachelors degree in fine arts.
The young 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.
West followed an ATWT tradition, that of marrying co-stars, when she married Scott DeFreitas. Colleen Zenk Pinter (Barbara) met Mark Pinter while he played Brian. Kelley Menighan Hensley (Emily) married Jon Hensley (Holden) in 1996. West surprised her co-stars when she agreed to give birth to her second child on The Learning Channel's A BABY STORY.
More fun stuff about Maura West
—Was born Maura Jo Snyder (West is her mother's maiden name, which she took at 17)
—Watched AS THE WORLD TURNS while attending high school and was huge fan of Martha Byrne (Lily) and Ben Hendrickson (Hal)
—Earned her bachelor of fine arts degree at Boston University
—Is a fan of the New York Yankees
—Husband Scott DeFreitas (ex-Andy) proposed to her at Yankee Stadium via the scoreboard in center field
—Loves reading, going to the movies and spending time with her family.
Her Memorable Quotes:
"I'd never want to play a heroine. It's so boring . . ."—SOAP OPERA DIGEST, 1/30/96
"I can be snarly, bitchy and rude one minute, then be a nice girl and then do a sobbing scene. Not everyone has a character like that,"—SOAP OPERA WEEKLY, 11/27/98
"I am a small person, but I have mutant children," —on the fact her son Joseph weighed 10 pounds at birth, WEEKLY, 8/22/2000