Celebs Who Started in Soap Operas

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  • Ruby Dee, Guiding Light
  • Nia Long, Guiding Light
  • Sharon Leal, Guiding Light
  • Tatyana Ali, Young and the Restless
  • Taye Diggs, Guiding Light
  • Vivica A. Fox, Days Of Our Lives, Young and the Restless
  • Shemar Moore, Young and the Restless
  • Victoria Rowell, Young and the Restless
  • Laurence Fishburne, One Life to Live
  • Ricky Martin, General Hospital
  • Mario Van Peebles, All My Children
  • Vanessa Bell Calloway, All My Children
  • Morgan Freeman, Ryan's Hope, Another World
  • Phylicia Rashad, One Life to Live
  • Tika Sumpter, One Life to Live
  • Halle Berry, Taye Diggs
  • Halle Berry, Knots Landing
  • Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, All My Children
  • Tichina Arnold, Ryan's Hope, All My Children
  • Cicely Tyson, Guiding Light

Sharon Leal on Guiding Light (1996-1999)

Guiding Light was responsible for discovering impressive Black talent for older and newer generations. The soap opera provided Sharon Leal with one of her first acting breaks when she starred as Dahila Crede.

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