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Kassie DePaiva Biography

Birth Name:
Katherine Virginia Wesley
Birth Place:
Morganfield, Kentucky, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • 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 cohosting 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
  • 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


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