Who is Beth Maitland?
Beth Maitland was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, on May 12, 1958 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. She is an actress and sound recorder, who is perhaps best known for playing Traci Abbott Connolly in the romantic drama “The Young and the Restless,” created by Lee Phillip Bell and William J. Bell, and starring Doug Davidson, Eric Braeden, and Peter Bergman. It has aired since 1973 and currently has over 12,000 episodes – Beth appeared regularly on the series between 1982 and 1996 and has played one of the supporting characters since 2001.
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For her performance, Beth won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1985, and was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Young Leading Actress in a Daytime Series in 1986. In 2009 she was nominated for a Gold Derby TV Award for Daytime Supporting Actress of the Decade, and her most recent nomination was for a 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Early life and education
Beth spent the first seven years of her life in Rapid City, then her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. She has a sister, Ashley, and they were raised by their father, who was a theater actor, and their mother, who was a singer.
Beth became interested in acting during her early elementary school years and was encouraged by her teacher to join the school’s drama club and then appeared in staged plays. By the time she completed her basic education, Beth had already acted in plays that were staged in various theaters. She went to a local high school on which she continued to act and also started singing, but soon discovered that she was not very talented. Beth intended to pursue an acting career but was urged by her parents to get her degree. So she enrolled at Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and theater in 1980 — she also practiced acting at the Los Angeles Film Industry Workshop.
Career as an actress
Beth worked in several nightclubs to support herself financially as she worked her way up in the film industry. She made her screen debut in 1987, when she was cast to appear in the comedy “Plaza Suite”, written by Neil Simon, directed by Roger Beatty and Kenny Solms, and starring Carol Burnett, Dabney Coleman and Tim Conway Jr. About 12 years later, Beth was allowed to play deaf school principal in the musical drama film “Mr. Dutch Opus”starring Richard Dreyfuss, Glenne Headly and Jay Thomas, and received mostly positive reviews, winning five awards and being nominated for four others, including an Oscar.
She made her TV series debut in 2007, when she was cast as Traci Abbott Connelly in a single episode of the romantic drama “The Bold and the Beautiful”, which has been airing since 1987.
In 2013, she played Gloria in the drama “The Grove”, while two of her most recent roles were in the 2017 episode “Surface Tension” of the mystery crime drama “Criminal Minds”, in which she played Eleanor Parsons, and the Drama Short Film ” Number 2″ from 2019, written and directed by Cal Moreno and about Eric coping with his Crohn’s disease.
Beth worked as a sound recorder for the 2004 short film “Eddie’s Father” and the 2016 comedy film “Sebastian Says”.
In 1985 she appeared on the TV show “Soap Opera Special”, and in 1986 was invited to appear in some episodes of the talk show “Star’s Table” as well as in another talk show “Hour Magazine” the following year. In 1991, Beth was a celebrity who appeared in five episodes of the game show “The $10,000 Pyramid”, and nearly two decades later she could have been featured in the TV special “82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade”.
She appeared in a single 2018 episode of the talk show “Home and Family”, and her two most recent appearances have been on single episodes of two talk shows – “Soap Central” and “Entertainment Tonight”.
love life and daughter
Beth is quite secretive when it comes to her love life and has not shared any details about her former marriage to Christopher Banninger, the late American sound mixer. The two married privately on October 1, 1989, in front of their closest friends and family, and Beth gave birth to their daughter not long after. After what appeared to be nearly three decades of a happy marriage, Beth and Christopher quietly divorced in 2018 for unknown reasons.
Christopher was born in Kewadin, Michigan, USA, on December 26, 1955 – his zodiac sign was Capricorn and he was of American nationality.
He worked in the sound department during the filming of 47 films and TV series, and in 2012 won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Live and Direct to Tape Sound Mixing for a Drama Series for “All My Children”.
Christopher died of a heart attack on October 31, 2019, about a year after his divorce from Beth.
As of November 2020, Beth has been single, married once and has a daughter.
Hobbies and other interests
Beth wasn’t physically active when she started high school, and was bullied for being overweight – she was jealous of her sister who was very attractive, and Beth found solace in diet pills and getting high.
One day she got very high, drove her car into a tree and almost died, after which she went to see a psychologist, finally stopped smoking and took diet pills. She also took an interest in sports, exercising and taking long walks, which helped her in her recovery and weight loss.
One of Beth’s main hobbies is traveling, and she has been to many attractive locations in the US as well as several European countries such as England, France and Spain.
She is a lover of animals, with cats as her favorites.
Beth has her own favorite actor and actress, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, while a few of her favorite movies are the “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Edward Scissorhands” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” franchise.
Beth wanted to lose weight early in her career, but couldn’t because the directors of the series “The Young and the Relentless” wanted her the way she looked, but they gave her their permission to lose weight in 1987, and Beth hired a personal nutritionist and started several training sessions a week at Gold’s Gym – she lost about 55 pounds in just a few months.
Age, height and power
Beth’s age is 62. She has long blond hair and blue eyes, her height is 1.78 m and she weighs about 215 pounds (98 kg).
As of November 2020, her assets is estimated at over $1.7 million.