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Beth Maitland is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Traci Abbott Connolly in the CBS-produced soap-opera The Young and the Restless.


Maitland was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 12, 1958. At the age of seven, she and the rest of her family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. By the age of thirteen, she appeared in numerous theatre productions. As a young adult, Maitland attended Arizona State University, majoring in music and theatre. In 1978, sometime after graduating, she moved to Los Angeles, California, and worked in nightclubs simultaneous to taking acting classes at the Los Angeles Film Industry Workshop. Maitland's first role was as Traci Abbott Connolly, who appeared prominently in the CBS-produced soap-opera The Young and the Restless. The character of Connolly was initially conceived as a short-term role that would last three months, but Maitland's performance impressed the series' producers. As a result, she was placed on contract, and she remained on the series from 1984 to 1986, and 1987 to 1993.

After 1993, Maitland departed the role of Connolly, but made guest-star appearances in 1994, 1995, and 1996. She reappeared briefly in 1999, and since 2001, Maitland has appeared sporadically as Connolly on a recurring basis. In 1985, Maitland won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Connolly. On March 20, 2007, Maitland's character made a crossover appearance on The Young and the Restless's sister show The Bold and the Beautiful. In 2009, Maitland recorded a song that served as the background music for Connolly's daughter's funeral, entitled "An Angel's Lullaby". Outside of The Young and the Restless, Maitland appeared in supporting roles in Mr. Holland's Opus and The Grove. She is also active in a Los Angeles theater company, and currently does voice-over work, radio plays, and live appearances with the Santa Clarita Playhouse.

On Criminal Minds[]

Maitland portrayed homeless shelter volunteer Eleanor Parsons, who survived an attempt on her life by serial killer Bryce Jarvis, in the Season Twelve episode "Surface Tension".


  • Criminal Minds - "Surface Tension" (2017) TV episode - Eleanor Parsons
  • The Young and the Restless (1984-2016) as Traci Abbott Connolly (266 episodes)
  • The Grove (2013) as Gloria
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (2007) as Traci Abbott Connolly
  • Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) as Deaf School Principal
  • Plaza Suite (1987) as Unknown Character


  • An Angel's Lullaby - The Young and the Restless (2009) - 1 episode

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