Daytime Soaps Trivia - Actors & Characters
The first actress ever to win a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Daytime Drama was Mary Fickett for her role as Ruth Brent on ALL MY CHILDREN.
The first actor ever to win a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series was Macdonald Carey for his role as Tom Horton on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Though soap performers are notoriously tight-lipped about their salaries, a few soap superstars such as Susan Lucci of ALL MY CHILDREN and Deidre Hall of DAYS OF OUR LIVES were rumored in the soap press to be earning one million dollars annually in the late 1980's and early 1990's. With the current soap ratings and budgets as they are, probably somewhere around half of that is a reasonable estimate for today's top soap stars.
At the 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards In 1999, Susan Lucci of ALL MY CHILDREN finally won a Daytime Emmy Award after a record 18 nominations. (The first win was also her 19th nomination.)
Some of the biggest box office names of today and yesterday spent time on daytime soaps. To name a few:
∑ Morgan Freeman was on ANOTHER WORLD.
∑ Demi Moore spent time in GENERAL HOSPITAL.
∑ Christopher Reeve, the 1970's and 1980's Superman, was a soap star on LOVE OF LIFE.
∑ Meg Ryan spent a few years on AS THE WORLD TURNS.
∑ Christopher Walken was on GUIDING LIGHT.
∑ Brad Pitt had a small role on ANOTHER WORLD.
∑ Brandon Routh, the new Superman, was on ONE LIFE TO LIVE.
While it is a soap plot staple for heretofore unknown evil twins to show up in town one day impersonating their unknowing siblings, some soap stars have real life twins who have landed in the same soap town either up to no good or seamlessly playing the same character. Examples are Deidre and Andrea Hall from DAYS OF OUR LIVES and Bruce Michael Hall and Seth Hall from PASSIONS. (More trivia: notice the same last names, but no known relation between the two sets of twins.)
All soap characters are not human. We're not just talking about people who take their pets lives too seriously like DAYS OF OUR LIVES Calliope who once arranged an on-screen wedding for her dog! We're talking about the vampires that terrorized PORT CHARLES, the alien on GENERAL HOSPITAL, an angel on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and the human clone on GUIDING LIGHT. DARK SHADOWS deservers its own sentence with the likes of witches, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires. Not to be outdone, PASSIONS weighs in with witches, warlocks, demons, mermaids, angels, living dolls, and an orangutan named Precious!