The life of a soap opera actress can seem so glamorous. Adoring fans blowing up your Twitter account, steamy love scenes with handsome leading men, not to mention all the fun parties and shenanigans that occur on set. But, in actuality, the life of a soap opera actress can be quite demanding. These stars have to learn a lengthy amount of lines (in a short period of time), the hours on set can be long, and the salary (depending on the character) isn’t as great as primetime television actresses make, or those who do films. Alas, there’s a reason why some leave the business. Below are some popular soap opera actresses who bid adieu to the daytime drama world and don’t act anymore.
12. Brenda Dickson
OG Jill Abbott, Brenda Dickson, left the land of daytime drama wrapped in some controversy! In something that would mirror a Young and the Restless (Y&R) storyline, Brenda was fired in the late 1980s, and she’d end up filing a $10 million legal case against the show, stating wrongful dismissal. She claimed that she got canned due to her affair with William J. Bell, Y&R’s creator. After the entire ordeal, she also stated she’d been blacklisted from soaps, as a result of stepping forward.