Susan Lucci, Jeanne Cooper, Melody Thomas Scott, and Genie Francis: these are women who were able to turn their soap opera stints into legendary soap opera careers. However, many actresses in the past have gotten their start on soap operas, and were able to transfer that experience into film and primetime television success. Below is a list of female celebrities who started off on daytime dramas and moved on to bigger and better Hollywood opportunities.
7. Eva Longoria
Best known for her role on the primetime drama, Desperate Housewives, as sexy Gabrielle Solis, Longoria had some previous experience when it came to drama. Longoria played Paul William’s lying girlfriend, Isabella Brana on The Young and the Restless from 2001-2003. Clearly, she was able to get some sort of insight for her Desperate Housewives character because both characters loved a good lie, and were accustomed to cheating on their spouse.© CBS / Courtesy: Everett Collection