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Kassie DePaiva - Actress Profile and Biography


Kassie DePaiva - Actress Profile and Biography

Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer, OLTL)

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Character on 'One Life to Live':

Date of First Appearance on OLTL:

Blair Cramer first appeared in Llanview in 1993.

Date of Birth and Full Name:

Katherine Virginia Wesley (DePavia) was born on March 21, 1961 in Morganfield, Kentucky.

Martial Status:

Married in 1988 to Richard C. Hankins and divorced in 1995. In 1996, Kassie married her then co-star, James DePavia (ex- Max Holden, OLTL)

Interesting Facts for Kassie DePaiva:

  • Sang back-up for Bobby Womack.
  • Has produced three of her own albums.
  • As a teenager, Kassie worked as a back-up singer at Opryland in Nashville.
  • DePavia worked on Guiding Light prior to playing Blair Cramer.
  • Hand crochets hats and sells them through Kassie's Happy Hats with all proceeds going to The League for the Hard of Hearing.
  • Once competed on a game show called 'Body Language;' her celebrity partner was Catherine Hickland (ex- Lindsey Rappaport).
  • The producers of OLTL had Kassie lose her Kentucky accent because they thought it sounded too much like the character of Luna Moody.
  • Filmography and Television Roles:

    One Life to Live (Blair Cramer (1993-present)
    Undone (2006)
    Exit (Andie, 2005)
    Baywatch (Crystal Harris, 1994)
    Melrose Place (Betty Benson-Chappell, 1994)
    Time Trax (Catlin Carlisle, 1993)
    Guiding Light (Chelsea Reardon, 1986-1991)
    Evil Dead II (Bobbie Joe, 1987)

    TV Host Roles:

    Knit and Crochet Today (Host, 2007)
    The Pro Shop (Host, 1993)
    The View (co-Hosted, 2007, 2005)


    Undone (2006)

    Award Nominations:

    Daytime Emmy Nomination – Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – 2005
    Daytime Emmy Nomination - Nominated for Irresistable Combination for Todd and Blair (Shared with Trevor St. John) - 2005
    Soap Opera Digest Nomination – Outstanding Lead Actress – 2005
    Soap Opera Digest Nomination – Outstanding Lead Actress - 2003
    Soap Opera Digest Nomination – Outstanding Lead Actress - 2001
    Soap Opera Digest Nomination – Hottest Female Star - 1998

    Overview and Biography of Kassie DePaiva:

    Kassie Wesley DePavia plays the role of Blair Cramer on One Life to Live, a character who plays a loving supportive mother to Starr and Jack Manning and stepmother for Sam Manning. Although she portrays a strong woman, she’s hasn’t had many relationships that have lasted for any great length of time.

    DePavia grew up in Kentucky and was one of four children. She had a love for music. At 18 she made her solo debut at The Grand Ole Opry. Kassie studied theater at Indiana University. While attending the University of California at Los Angeles she joined the four part harmony band, Newport. She left UCLA to travel and perform with the USO throughout Asia.

    Kassie DePavia got a job singing back up for Bobby Womack. Kassie has recorded three of her own albums and writes some of her own music. In 1996, she married James DePavia and had a son James Quentin, who was born deaf. Kassie Depavia also keeps busy raising money for organizations such as; The League for the Hard of Hearing, The Deafness Research Foundation and The Clark School for the Deaf.
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