Celebs Who Started in Soap Operas

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  • 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
  • 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

Tika Sumpter on One Life to Live (2005-2011)

Today she’s best known for roles on The Game and Gossip Girl and in the movie Sparkle. However, Tika Sumpter's first regular TV gig came by way of the soap One Life to Live, where she played Layla Williamson.

(Photo: John Ricard / BET)

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