Maura Jo West
- Category : Actress
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Alignment 1
Maura Jo West DeFreitas (born Maura Snyder on April 27, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her fifteen year portrayal as Carly Tenney on the CBS daytime soap opera As The World Turns. Since the series finale in 2010, she has also held roles as Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless (2010–11), and currently portrays mob princess Ava Jerome on General Hospital.
In 1995, West joined the cast of the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns in the role of Carly Tenney. She held the role from April 11, 1995 to May 8, 1996. West later returned to the role on September 10, 1997 and remained on the series until its television finale on September 17, 2010. She has been nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award five times (in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005), and a Daytime Emmy Award seven times (in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010). West won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2010.
It was announced in August 2010 that West would join the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, as the third actress to portray the role of Diane Jenkins. West began work in the role on September 1, 2010 and made her first appearance on the show on October 8, 2010. In May 2011, it was confirmed by CBS Soaps Indepth that West had been let go from the soap after only several months on-air.
In April 2013, it was announced that West would join the ABC soap opera General Hospital, in a top secret role. On April 24 2013, it was confirmed the news and revealed that West had joined the cast in the newly created role of Ava Jerome, and first appeared May 8.
West has been married twice, first to Jonathan Knight from 1995 to 1999 and currently to former ATWT co-star Scott DeFreitas since January 22, 2000. She has five children. With Knight, she had Benjamin Crawford West Knight (born May 30, 1996). With Scott, she had Joseph Peter DeFreitas (born March 29, 2000), Katherine Marie DeFreitas (born January 9, 2002), Basil John DeFreitas (born January 30, 2007) and Birdie West DeFreitas (born June 16, 2009).