Kassie DePaiva

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Birth Name: Katherine Virginia “Kassie” DePaiva
Birth Place: Morganfield, Kentucky, United States
Profession: Actor, Singer

Biography

Born Katherine Virginia Wesley in Morganfield, Kentucky, Kassie is a singer and an actress. She began her career as a solo artist at the age of 18, working at such venues as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, before attending Indiana University and UCLA to study theatre. Kassie dropped out before graduation for an opportunity to entertain USO troops in Asia.

DePaiva landed the role of Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light in 1986, followed it up with the role of Bobby Joe in the film Evil Dead II. After leaving Guiding Light, Kassie replaced Mia Korf as Blair Cramer on One Life to Live in 1992 and quickly won the hearts daytime fans, but it was her pairing with Roger Howarth, and later Trevor St. John, as Todd Manning that sealed the deal.

She remained on OLTL until the show ended in 2013, even crossing over to sister soap General Hospital as Blair in 2012. Kassie managed to add other primetime and film credits while working on daytime such as Time Trax, Melrose Place, Baywatch, Undone, We Are What We Are and Castle, before signed on to play Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives in 2014.

Her stint in Llanview proved to be lucky both personally and professionally for Kassie, because she met her future husband, James DePaiva, who portrayed Max Holden on the show. The two were married on May 31, 1996, and the following year DePaiva gave birth to a son, James Quentin, on May 12. The bi-coastal DePaiva family currently resides in Los Angeles.

Fast Facts

  • Bornin Morganfield, Kentucky.
  • At 18, made solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Dropped out of UCLA to tour with the USO.
  • Sang backup for Bobby Womack.
  • In 1986, played good girl Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light.
  • Won the role of vixen Blair Cramer on One Life to Live in 1993; met future husband, James DePaiva, on the set of the soap opera.
  • Was nominated in 2005 for a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress for One Life to Live.
  • In 2007, she began co-hosting the PBS craft show Knit & Crochet Today.
  • Formed the Divas of Daytime TV country trio with fellow soap stars Bobbie Eakes and Kathy Brier in 2009.
  • Married One Life to Live co-star James DePaiva on May 31, 1996.
  • Has a stepdaughter named Dreama from James’ first marriage.
  • Her son, James, who was born deaf, inspired her to become active in a number of charities supporting the deaf, including the League for the Hard of Hearing; the Deafness Research Foundation; and the Clark School for the Deaf.

Relationships

  • J. Quentin Wesley — Father
  • Hildegard Wesley — Mother
  • Sara Wesley — Sister
  • John Wesley — Brother
  • Jeff Wesley — Brother
  • James DePaiva — Husband
  • Richard Hankins — Ex-husband
  • James Quentin DePaiva — Son
  • Dreama DePaiva — Stepdaughter

Summary

Kassie DePaiva started out as a singer in Nashville and switched over to acting in college. Shortly after she took the role of Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light, she signed on to the cult classic Evil Dead 2.

Many credits followed but DePaiva is most beloved by daytime fans for her roles on One Life to Live, General Hospital and her current role as Eve Donovan on Days of Our Lives.

PKassie DePaiva Photos

Actor (9 Credits)

Title Role Year

Days of Our Lives (TV Show)

Days of Our Lives — 2016
Days of Our Lives — 2016
Days of Our Lives — 2016

Eve Donovan 2016

One Life to Live (TV Show)

142 — 2013
141 — 2013
140 — 2013

Blair Cramer 2013

We Are What We Are (Movie)

Emma Parker 2013

General Hospital (TV Show)

General Hospital — 2012

Blair 2012

One Life to Live (TV Show)

One Life to Live — 2012
One Life to Live — 2012
One Life to Live — 2012

Blair Cramer 2012

Baywatch (TV Show)

Western Exposure — 1994

Crystal 1994

Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (Movie)

Bobby Joe 1987

One Life to Live Today (TV Show)

Time Trax (TV Show)

Beautiful Songbird

Kaitlin

Host (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

The View (TV Show)

The View — 2007
The View — 2007
The View — 2005

2005 - 2007

Knit & Crochet Today (TV Show)

SoapCenter (TV Show)

Valentine's Special — 2001

2001

Guest (6 Credits)

Title Role Year

The View (TV Show)

The View — 2012
The View — 2003

2003 - 2012

Naughty but Nice With Rob Shuter (TV Show)

Naughty but Nice With Rob Shuter — 2011

2011

The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet (TV Show)

2007 May 25 — 2007

2007

Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2006
Soap Talk — 2005
Soap Talk — 2003

2003 - 2006

The Tony Danza Show (TV Show)

The Tony Danza Show — 2005

2005

One Day With... (TV Show)

Kassie DePaiva — 2005

2005

Appearing (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Dr. Oz Show (TV Show)

Ask Dr. Oz: Soap Edition — 2010

2010

Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Subject (person only)  (1 Credits)

Title Role Year

Soapography (TV Show)

Kassie DePaiva & James Reynolds — 2005

2005