20 (Okay 22!) Oscar Winners Who Appeared on Soaps!
No. 16. Mira Sorvino, Guiding Light and Swan’s Crossing
The role of porn star Linda Ash in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite may have netted Mira Sorvino the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2005, but it was her role as Sophia Eva McCormick DeCastro in the short-lived, 1992 teen soap Swan’s Crossing that won her a place in soap history. While the syndicated daytime sudser only lasted 13 weeks, SC provided big breaks not only for Sorvino (who prior to that had been a temporary recast for Mallet’s little sister Julie on Guiding Light), but also Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played rich, scheme queen Sydney Rutledge.