The genre began in radio but today soap operas are still going strong. In March, Young and the Restless celebrated its 40th birthday. Iconic daytime drama General Hospital is commemorating 50 years on television in April.
To get in on all the sudsy fun, check out BET.com’s look at the long list of actors who once made their mark as soap opera stars.
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