Eva Longoria, Hayden Panettiere and More: From Soaps to Stardom

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Ali Lohan might not believe this, but there was a time when wanna-be celebrities couldn't just appear on a reality show or make a sex tape and earn instant fame.

Hopeful actors had to - gasp! - work for their success. The most popular forum in which future stars built their careers? The soap opera. Here's a look at a few big names that weren't always on the big screen marquee.

For years, they were simply hopping from daytime bed to daytime bed...

  • Hayden Panettiere - One Life to Live (1994-97); Guiding Light (1996-2000)
  • Snoop Dogg - Remixed One Life to Live theme; Guest-starred, May 2008

The new Dogg pound: Snoop on the set of One Life to Live.

  • Demi Moore - General Hospital (1982-83)
  • Tori Spelling - Beverly Hills, 90210 (perpetually)
  • Marisa Tomei - As the World Turns (1983-1985)
  • Meg Ryan - As the World Turns (1982-84)
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Eva Longoria Quotes

Anybody in their right mind is for Obama. [As for Sarah Palin], I like her. I think she's smart and intelligent. I don't think I would want her running the country...I'm not going to vote for her because she's a woman. We disagree on a lot of issues and that's why I support Obama and Biden.

Eva Longoria

If I have two hours before I have to go to set, I will run to the spa and get a massage and sit in the jacuzzi.

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