'Young and the Restless' star's husband files for divorce after 26 years of marriage

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 17, 2018
04:24 A.M.
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Beth Maitland and her husband are going through a divorce. The two had separated two years ago and the final nail has hit the coffin.


The Blast reported that Maitland and her husband had separated on February 14, 2016, before coming to the decision to divorce. They have one child together.

Christopher Banninger, Maitland’s husband, had listed irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split. Banninger isn’t asking for spousal support for himself and the actress.

According to the court documents, he stated that there was already a written agreement on how to split their community property. The couple share one adult daughter, meaning there won’t be any child support.

Maitland, 59, hasn’t mentioned the divorce on her Twitter feed. On Monday, April 16, 2018, she shared a photo of herself in a recording booth, working on a pilot.


In 2009 KHTS profiled Maitland. They reported that her daughter was named Emelia, and her name came from Banninger's interest in flying and Amelia Earhart.


But she changed the spelling of her name to honor her late Aunt Eileen. In that interview, Maitland shared that she had met Banninger when she was getting on a horse near Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The two bonded over their love of horses and the outdoors. He is a sound mixer and according to his IMDb page, his recent credits included Men at Work, The Odd Couple, Melissa & Joey and The War at Home.

In 1985, Maitland was the first actress to win a Daytime Emmy for a role on The Young & The Restless for playing Traci Abbott. In 1986, she was nominated for the Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Young Leading Actress on a Daytime Serial.


She left the show on a full-time basis in 1996 but has had frequent returns to the show with her most recent episode being aired in March 2018. Maitland has appeared in a 2017 episode of CBS' Criminal Minds and had a role in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus.

She also played Traci in a 2007 episode of The Bold and the Beautiful. CBS Soaps In Depth interviewed the actress where she revealed that she loved her recurring status on Y&R.

“Coming back to Genoa City for one episode or six episodes or whatever, it’s literally like coming home. I do not feel complete unless I’m here,” she stated.