20 (Okay 22!) Oscar Winners Who Appeared on Soaps!
No. 15. Susan Sarandon, A World Apart and Search For Tomorrow
Her portrait of a courageous nun who befriends a death row inmate in Dead Man Walking, led to Susan Sarandon winning the Oscar for Best Actress in 2005. We bet it took plenty of courage for a then ingénue Sarandon to bring to life a character based on legendary soap opera creator Irna Phillips’ real-life family drama! That’s exactly what Sarandon did from 1970-71 on ABC Daytime’s A World Apart. The actress played Patrice Kahlman, adopted daughter of an overbearing soap opera writer. The series was created by Phillips’ own adopted daughter Katherine Phillips. Her first stint in daytime must not have scared Sarandon off, because the actress went on to play the role of Sarah Fairbanks on Search For Tomorrow in 1972.