Like actors in movies, soap actors can flit from one role to another…

There are certain actresses so iconic in one role it’s hard to imagine them any other way. There are others, however, who bring to mind more than a few sudsy characters. salutes the following women who among them have each appeared on at least three soaps, all with fabulous results.

Cady McClain:
From Pine Valley to Genoa City, chameleon McClain has ranged from sugary sweet Dixie Cooney on “All My Children” to slightly psychotic Kelly Andrews on “Y&R.” She won a Daytime Emmy in 1990 for her work on “AMC”, and it was a character she returned to continually over the years until the show’s last airing online in 2013.

Kim Zimmer:
Her first role in daytime had Zimmer playing a terrorist named Bonnie Harmon on “One Life to Live” in 1978, and the following year she replaced the eerily-similar looking Kathleen Turner as Nola Aldrich on “The Doctors.” But it was her portrayal of Reva Shayne on “Guiding Light” that defined her – and earned her four Daytime Emmy awards.

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Crystal Chappell:
Following her appearance as a day player on “AMC,” she was buried alive on “Days” as Dr. Carly Manning, and even met husband Michael Sabatino on set. But it was her work as the complex Olivia Spencer on “Guiding Light” that won her a Daytime Emmy, and paved the way for lesbian relationships on the soaps. Since that time, she portrayed one-half of a lesbian married couple, Danielle Spencer, on “Bold and the Beautiful.”

Sarah Brown:
The original Carly Benson Corinthos, Brown set the standard for a now iconic role – and won three Emmys – before returning to “General Hospital” years later as Claudia Zacchara Corinthos. After that, she hit “B&B” in the new role of Aggie Jones , then “Days” as Madison James. Brown has even embraced online, appearing in “Beacon Hill” and “Youthful Daze.”

Jane Elliot:
A soap star for more than 50 years, Elliot originally went to the set of “GH” in an attempt to replace Anna Stuart as Dr. Gina Dante but ended up snagging a different one created just for her by Gloria Monty. The character of Tracy Quartermaine would define her career, even if she has only had to perform in the Nurses’ Ball just once over the years.

Eileen Davidson:
It’s hard to beat Davidson in the versatility department. The former model is at times sleek and sophisticated as Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” but has no trouble being totally unhinged as Kristen Blake DiMera on “Days of our Lives.” In fact, she became the first performer on daytime television to play five separate characters at once on “Days” in 1998.

Debbi Morgan:
Morgan was the first black actress to win a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Dr. Angie Hubbard on “AMC,” a role she transitioned across multiple shows including “Loving” and “The City.” Perhaps that is why it was so hard for fans to see her as Harmony Hamilton on “Y&R” despite the character’s strong ties to Genoa City.

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– Hollie Deese