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General Hospital turns Fifty: 12 Celebrities with Soapy Starts

GH50Fifty years ago on April 1, 1963 General Hospital was born. In an era where most soap operas, ahem, daytime dramas, are seeing the end of days, General Hospital is at the top of its game with record viewers.

Variety reports that General Hospital is, “the No. 1 broadcast daytime program among women 18-34 and also up 18% in total viewers season to season.”

All week ABC has been gifting viewers with special treats in the form of returning characters and storylines. Soapnet will be running a fifty hour marathon (YES. FIFTY HOURS!) of the best episodes from the last five decades.

General Hospital was the starting point for many of our favorite celebrities: Amber Tamblyn, Demi Moore, even John Stamos.

Check out where some other celebrities (including our favorite celebrity parents!) got their soapy beginnings!


  • Our favorite celebs had soapy starts! 1 of 21
    Our favorite celebs had soapy starts!
  • Anne Heche Then 2 of 21
    Anne Heche Then

    Anne Heche was cast right out of high school to play twins on Another World.  She won a Daytime Emmy award in 1991.  

    Image Credit: Soap Network

  • Anne Heche Now 3 of 21
    Anne Heche Now

    Anne Heche

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Brad Pitt Then 4 of 21
    Brad Pitt Then

    In 1987 a young Brad Pitt was on Another World playing Chris, a high school basketball student.

    Image Credit: EntertainmentWise

  • Brad Pitt Now 5 of 21
    Brad Pitt Now

    Brad Pitt

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Demi Moore Then 6 of 21
    Demi Moore Then

    A 19 year old and pre brat pack Demi Moore played reporter Jackie Templeton on General Hospital from 1982-1983

    Image Credit: Washington Post

  • Demi Moore Now 7 of 21
    Demi Moore Now

    Demi Moore

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Josh Duhamel Then 8 of 21
    Josh Duhamel Then

    In 1999 a young Josh Duhamel was cast in All My Children as Leo du Pres. In 2001 Josh earned a Daytime Emmy Award for his role on the show.

    Image Credit: LA Times

  • Josh Duhamel Now 9 of 21
    Josh Duhamel Now

    Josh Duhamel

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Julianne Moore Then 10 of 21
    Julianne Moore Then

    From 1985 to 1988 Julianne Moore was a regular on As the World Turns playing dual roles (half sisters) Frannie and Sabrina Hughes. In 1988 she won a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series".

    Image Credit: Watch Mojo

  • Julianne Moore Now 11 of 21
    Julianne Moore Now

    Julianne Moore

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Then 12 of 21
    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Then

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos met and fell in love on the set of All my Children. They have been married for over 16 years and have two children together.

    Image Credit: Soap Central

  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Now 13 of 21
    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Now

    Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Meg Ryan Then 14 of 21
    Meg Ryan Then

    Meg Ryan famously played Betsy Stewart on As the World Turns from 1982 to 1984. When her character wed Steve Andropoulos on May 30, 1984 over 20 million viewers tuned in.

    Image Credit: iVillage

  • Meg Ryan Now 15 of 21
    Meg Ryan Now

    Meg Ryan

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Ricky Martin Then 16 of 21
    Ricky Martin Then

    Ricky Martin and his hair were on General Hospital from 1994 to 1996 as Miguel Morez. 

    Image Credit: InStyle

  • Ricky Martin Now 17 of 21
    Ricky Martin Now

    Ricky Martin

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar Then 18 of 21
    Sarah Michelle Gellar Then

    A young Sarah Michelle Gellar was cast as the long lost daughter of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) on All My Children in 1992 and returned in 2011 for the show's final episode. 

    Image Credit: US Magazine

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar Now 19 of 21
    Sarah Michelle Gellar Now

    Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Image Credit: PCN

  • Amber Tamblyn Then 20 of 21
    Amber Tamblyn Then

    Amber Tamblyn's very first role was as Emily Bowen on General Hospital. She starred on the show from 1995 to 2001. 

    Image Credit: FanPop

  • Amber Tamblyn Now 21 of 21
    Amber Tamblyn Now

    Amber Tamblyn

    Image Credit: PCN

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