Soap Opera Actresses Who’ve Been on More Than One Soap
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, from soaps such as All My Children, Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Guiding Light, however, who bring to mind more than a few sudsy characters. Soaps.com salutes the following women who among them have each appeared on at least three soaps, all with fabulous results and invites you to read about the soap opera actors who’ve been on more than one soap.
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 Young and the Restless. She won a Daytime Emmy in 1990 for her work on AMC, and it was a character she returned to continue over the years until the show’s last airing online in 2013.
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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Following her appearance as a day player on All My Children, she was buried alive on Days of our Lives 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.
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 Bold and the Beautiful in the new role of Aggie Jones, then Days of our Lives as Madison James. Brown has even embraced online, appearing in Beacon Hill and Youthful Daze.
A soap star for more than 50 years, Elliot originally went to the set of General Hospital 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.
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.
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.