Then & Now: 15 Famous Actresses Who Started Out on Soap Operas (PHOTOS)


Evil twins, dead characters emerging from graves, and the ever-popular switched-at-birth story line -- soap operas are nothing if not melodramatic. They also happen to be teeming with talent, the place where a lot of fresh, young starlets get their first paying acting gig. 


You wouldn't believe the number of major Hollywood stars who started out on soap operas. Many graduated to the big screen and went on to win huge awards, proving that soap operas are serious learning grounds. Check out these 15 famous actresses who were once soap stars. 


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