Celebs Who Started in Soap Operas

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  • Tichina Arnold, Ryan's Hope, All My Children
  • Cicely Tyson, Guiding Light
  • 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

Ruby Dee on Guiding Light (1967)

Iconic and legendary actress Ruby Dee was already a working actress for over 20 years and had appeared in films A Raisin in the Sun and The Jackie Robinson Story before she made a small screen stop on Guiding Light. Dee played Martha Frazier, a role she took over from another acting giant, Cicely Tyson

(Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lifetime)

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