Kassie DePaiva

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Kassie DePaiva
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DePaiva in 2015
Katherine Virginia Wesley

(1961-03-21) March 21, 1961 (age 60)
Morganfield, Kentucky, United States
Alma mater Indiana University
OccupationActress and singer
Years active1986–present
(m. 1996)
Website Official website

Katherine Virginia "Kassie" DePaiva (née Wesley; born March 21, 1961) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Bobby Joe in the horror film Evil Dead II (1987) and her work in American daytime soap operas. She’s also well known for her 20 year portrayal of Blair Cramer on ABC's One Life to Live . Other roles included Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light and Eve Donovan on NBC's Days of Our Lives, receiving 2 Daytime Emmy nominations for the latter.



DePaiva began her career at 18 as a solo artist at the Grand Ole Opry. After her stint in Nashville, she attended both Indiana University and UCLA, studying theatre, dropping out before graduation to entertain USO troops in Asia. She appeared as a contestant on the CBS game show Body Language, teaming with soap opera star Catherine Hickland. [1] DePaiva made her debut in daytime originating the role of Chelsea Reardon on Guiding Light (October 1986–January 1991). On Monday, November 29, 1993, she began portraying her most notable role, the part of Blair Daimler Cramer on One Life to Live , formerly portrayed by half-Asian actress, Mia Korf. She first appeared Friday, December 17, 1993, and was with OLTL for nearly 19 years until the series was cancelled. DePaiva's pairing with the character Todd Manning struck a cord with viewers. In 2012, she reprised her role of Blair for several guest stints on ABC's daytime serial General Hospital .

In January 2014, Soap Opera Digest confirmed that DePaiva had joined the cast of the NBC serial Days of Our Lives as Eve Donovan. DePaiva made her debut on July 18, 2014. [2] [3] In September 2015, DePaiva was let go from the soap, with her last appearance on February 2, 2016; she later returned for several guest appearances in June and December of the same year. DePaiva returned full-time on October 27, 2017. [4] In August 2017 it was announced that she would appear in the music film Killian & the Comeback Kids alongside former One Life To Live co-star Nathan Purdee. [5] [6]

Personal life

DePaiva has been married to fellow One Life to Live actor James DePaiva since May 31, 1996, and gave birth to their son, James Quentin DePaiva, on May 12, 1997. She was previously married to Richard C. Hankins. In August 2016, DePaiva announced she had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia the month prior. [7] [8]


Television and film roles
1986–91 Guiding Light Chelsea ReardonRole held: October 27, 1986 – January 25, 1991
1987 Evil Dead II Bobby JoeFilm; as Kassie Wesley
1993–2013 One Life to Live Blair Cramer Role held: December 17, 1993 – January 13, 2012,
April 29, 2013 – August 19, 2013
sometimes credited as Kassie Wesley DePaiva
1993The Pro ShopHost
1993 Time Trax Caitlin Carlisleas Kassie Wesley
1994 Melrose Place Betty Benson-ChappellEpisode: "Reunion Blues"
1994 Baywatch Crystal HarrEpisode: "Western Exposure"; as Kassie Wesley
2005ExitAndieShort film
2006UndoneN/AFilm; associate producer
2013 We Are What We Are Emma ParkerFilm
2012 General Hospital Blair CramerRole held: March 2, 2012 – December 3, 2012
2014–20 Days of Our Lives Eve Donovan Series regular
Role held: June 18, 2014 – February 2, 2016; September 8 – October 4, 2016; December 9, 2016 – December 12, 2016; October 27, 2017 – December 24, 2019; July 30, 2020 – September 25, 2020
2016 Castle Joanna MastersEpisode: "Witness for the Prosecution"

Awards and nominations

List of acting awards and nominations
Soap Opera Digest Award Hottest Female Star One Life to Live Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award Most Irresistible Combination (shared with Trevor St. John)Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated
Soap Opera Digest AwardOutstanding Lead ActressNominated
Hoboken International Film Festival Best Actress (Feature Film)UndoneNominated
Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Days of Our Lives Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

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