Maura was literally born to play Carly Tenney Snyder. (Her family surname is Snyder.) More proof that her stars are aligned: Her reel-life pairing with former "As the World Turns" co-star Scott DeFreitas blossomed into real-life romance, marriage, four children (Joseph, Katherine, Basil and Birdie) -- and a dog named Mollusk. (Maura also has a son, Ben, from a previous marriage.)
After graduating from Boston University with a fine arts degree, Maura joined the cast of "ATWT" in 1995. She was the first to play conniving Carly, and she's done so ever since, winning the 2007 Daytime Emmy for Lead Actress. (Talk about the role of a lifetime.)
Maura's such a die-hard New York Yankees fan that when Scott asked her to marry him, he arranged to have his proposal broadcast on the giant video screen at Yankee Stadium!