Celebs Who Started in Soap Operas

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  • Halle Berry, Knots Landing
  • 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

Tichina Arnold on Ryan's Hope (1987-1989), All My Children (1989-1991)

Before she became known for her roles on Martin, as Chris Rock’s fictional mom on Everybody Hates Chris or on Happily DivorcedTichina Arnold began her TV career on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. There, she portrayed young singing hopeful Zena Brown. Later, she appeared on All My Children as Sharla Valentine.

(Photo: John Ricard / BET)

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