Born Katherine Virginia Wesley on March 21, 1961 in Morganfield, Kentucky, Kassie DePaiva is an American soap opera actress. When she was 18 years old, she sang as a soloist for the Grand Ole Opry. After her stay in Nashville, she attended both Indiana State University. She later studied theater at the University of California, Los Angeles but she dropped out before graduation. Her reason for this was her decision to entertain USO troops in Asia. When she returned to the U.S., she landed a job, singing back-up vocals for the soul music singer Bobby Womack.
From 1986 to 1991, Kassie DePaiva rose to fame playing Chelsea Reardon on the CBS series Guiding Light. Her next project became a role in Evil Dead II, released in 1987 and directed by Sam Raimi. Since 1993, she began portraying her most recognized role, as Blair Daimler Cramer of One Life to Live. The character was formerly portrayed by half-Asian actress Mia Korf, but DePaiva made the role famous because of her character’s pairing with Todd Manning, played by Roger Howarth and later Trevor St. John. Kassie DePaiva has also made appearances on other noted television series. She was a host in The Pro Shop, and was seen on the Time Trax episode, “Beautiful Songbird.” She later landed a guest role in Melrose Place, following it up with a performance on Baywatch. In 2005, she worked on the short drama film Exit, written and directed by Jamie Duneier. She also starred in the thriller Undone, with One Life to Live co-star Forbes March.
Kassie DePaiva is also an accomplished singer as she has already released three albums, Naked, No Regrets and I Want To Love You. Despite being successful in acting, she has said, “Music has always been my strength. If I hadn't become so busy with the field of acting, I would have put my nose to the grindstone and really, really, really pursued my music. It's always been a huge part of my life.”
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