13 Oscar Winners Who Started Out on Soap Operas (PHOTOS)

Ahh, soap operas, there's nothing quite like them. The eye-rolling, the hair-flipping, the hard-to-believe story lines -- it's all so addictive! If you grew up in the early 1980s, there's a good chance you worked your life around Luke and Laura's wedding on General Hospital. (This was long before DVRs and On Demand, of course.) 


What we didn't realize at the time is that many of the actors we were watching on soap operas would one day go on to win acting's highest honor: the Academy Award, aka the Oscar. These 13 soap opera veterans went on to become part of this elite group of actors. Check out what they looked like long before they were red-carpet ready. 


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