Celebs Who Started in Soap Operas

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  • Darnell Williams, Debbi Morgan, All My Children
  • 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

Cicely Tyson on Guiding Light (1966)

Veteran iconic actress Cicely Tyson originated the role of Martha Frazier on Guiding Light. Her soap debut happened years before Tyson would become famous for such films as Sounder, the TV movie King or The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

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